FIRST PERSON Sean Davenport struggled to motivate his students to meet challenges, including memorizing Shakespeare. But everything changed after another teacher told his students the task was too hard for them. Chalkbeat

3-K FOR ALL Nonprofit preschool providers are worried about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to offer free preschool for every three-year-old, partly because his initial preschool expansion for four-year-olds created fierce competition for teachers. New York Times

ADMISSIONS SNAFU Maspeth High School in Queens will overhaul its admissions system after a “clerical error” resulted in hundreds of students failing to be appropriately considered for admission. New York Daily News

EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT The education department’s Special Commissioner of Investigation is opening fewer cases despite receiving more complaints, according to the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools. The commissioner didn’t dispute those statistics, but said more cases are being referred to the police and other agencies. New York Daily News

TEACHER SHORTAGE The city’s education department is struggling to hire enough teachers who are trained to serve English language learners. New York 1

CONFLICT OF INTEREST An assistant principal at the Wilton School was fined $2,000 for using a school volunteer to pick up her granddaughter from daycare. New York Daily News

RIP Longtime educator Patricia Theresa Campbell died after a car crash. Staten Island Advance

CONTRACT QUIRKS Here’s how New York City’s teacher contract stack up against Los Angeles and Chicago. The 74

COMMON CORE State education officials have rebranded New York’s learning standards. Staten Island Advance, Chalkbeat (5/9)

ACROSS THE RIVER Newark teachers plan to vote Thursday on whether to keep controversial merit pay provisions that were part of a landmark 2012 deal. Wall Street Journal