CODE SWITCH Under pressure from the city, East Bronx Academy for the Future has reduced suspensions by roughly 30 percent. But like many schools across New York, it has struggled to replace them with ‘restorative’ approaches to student misbehavior. Chalkbeat

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE United Federation of Teachers chief Michael Mulgrew announced the union’s endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday. The duo vowed to dig in against Betsy DeVos if she threatens the city’s schools. Chalkbeat, Politico New York, New York Daily News

BIG BET New York City has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its Renewal  turnaround program for struggling schools — and there are some signs of success. But how the program will be judged in the long run remains to be seen. The Hechinger Report

OPENING STATEMENT In her first speech as the country’s top education official, Betsy DeVos pledged to support students with disabilities and their families, and tried to appear more moderate than she was portrayed during the confirmation process. Chalkbeat

SNOW DAY City officials announced the city’s public schools will be closed Thursday, including after-school and adult education programs. New York Post, New York Daily News, Staten Island Advance, New York Times, CBS, Newsday

GET THE LEAD OUT Two schools on the Upper West Side are among those with elevated lead levels. DNAinfo

DUMP TRUMP Hundreds of students walked out of class this week to protest President Donald Trump and his executive order suspending the country’s refugee program and blocking travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. Gothamist, Democracy NowChalkbeat (2/7)