CHARTER FRIENDLY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal eliminates New York City’s cap on charter schools, and would give them more money to pay for space. Chalkbeat

GIFTED AND TALENTED The Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents are launching a task force to tackle unequal access to gifted and talented programs and specialized high schools. New York Daily News

PRINCIPAL DEMAND The city is moving forward with a search for a permanent principal at Townsend Harris High School — which should conclude before this summer —  while some in the school community continue to demand the resignation of interim head Rosemarie Jahoda. DNAinfo

CLOSING TIME City and state officials have selected a monitor to oversee the closure of JHS 162, a Bronx Renewal school and the only school in the state to be threatened with an outside takeover. Politico New York

TEACHER TURNOVER New York City Council is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday focusing on teacher retention and recruitment. Gotham Gazette

FUNDING FORMULA Cuomo’s proposal to not phase in a school funding formula — which followed from a lawsuit that successfully argued the state was not offering all students a sound education — could meet resistance from the Democrat-led Assembly. Politico New York

NEVER TRUMP Several New York City high school students are organizing to “meet this presidency with concrete action.” Gothamist

FAIRNESS QUESTION Rosemarie Jahoda, now interim principal at Townsend Harris, would not let a visually impaired student take honors classes and undercut her performance in calculus class, the student’s family claims. New York Post

SCHOOL DESERT Opinion: One Bronx parent explains the frustration of living near few quality middle schools. New York Post

HISTORY LESSON Opinion: Public schools aren’t devoting enough attention to history, partly because it’s not a focus of state testing. New York Post

BACK TO THE FUTURE Middle school students gathered at Manhattan’s P.S. 126 to show off tabletop models of future cities. New York 1

TESTING CHANGES Opinion: Changes to the city’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test will help make the exam more accessible. New York Daily News

CONTROL FREAKS Gov. Cuomo is asking for a three-year extension of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the city’s schools, as he did last year. Whether the legislature will try to limit the extension remains to be seen. Times Ledger

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS City officials are proposing to merge two Brooklyn schools: Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School, which is in the city’s Renewal program, and Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance. DNAinfo, (Chalkbeat 1/9)

IN FOCUS Here’s how John Boyle, principal of Staten Island’s I.S. 34, attracts strong students and staff. Staten Island Advance