Bush Foundation Donors, Clinton Union Emails, & Idaho Test Results

Today’s education news includes some updates on Jeb Bush’s education foundation donors, Clinton emails that include AFT head Randi Weingarten, and Idaho Common Core test score results that aren’t that bad (depending on how you look at them):

Jeb Bush’s education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns Washington Post: The new donation records show that a large number of contributions came from for-profit education companies and that at least three donors also paid Bush for speeches.

Clinton Emails Show Image Management WSJ: She also planned dinner with Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, and Hilary Rosen, a Democratic political consultant. In another email, she asks for a phone number for Terry Murray, whom she describes as “President of the Mass State Senate and was a big supporter of mine during the primaries.”

Idaho students fare well on new testing program Spokesman: Idaho students scored higher taking new standardized tests compared with the national benchmarks used to measure English language arts and math proficiency. The Idaho state Department of Education released the preliminary scores Wednesday. Scores were supposed to be released June 5, but a delay with the vendor pushed back the release date.

LA Unified board votes in Zimmer as new president LA School Report: LA Unified board member Steve Zimmer was unanimously elected today to become the new board president, giving the board its strongest pro-teacher president in more than a decade. Zimmer, vice president for the last two years, succeeds Richard Vladovic, who served as president since 2013. See also KPCC: Lawsuit says LAUSD short-changing neediest students, LA Times.

Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance AP: Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts – including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation – to the nation’s third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn’t afford…. See also  WBEZ Chicago, NYTHuffPost.

Ronald Thorpe, National Board President and Education Advocate, Dies at 63 Education Week: In a statement, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called Thorpe a “fierce advocate” for having teachers lead the work in the profession. “When he became president of the NBPTS, he pushed us all to the highest standards of …

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates NPR: Our searchable commencement app is now updated with the best speeches from 2014 and 2015. 

Fewer New York City Students Must Go to School This Summer NYT: The city’s Education Department also says a lower percentage of students have been held back a grade since 2014, attributing the drop to a change in state law. See also Chalkbeat.

The future of education may be glimpsed through the windows of this “laboratory” classroom in Ohio Hechinger Report: A two-way mirror was a window to the classroom of the future. A kindergarten teacher worked with a small group of students. Other children worked independently throughout the rectangular room. Some held tablet computers with special devices to scan letter tiles. Some sat on the floor playing an educational game.

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.