Bernie Sanders is going to meet with the TFA alum and other leaders of #blacklivesmatter. New polling (from a right-leaning think tank) suggests strong support for annual testing and little support for parents opting kids out of the process. One way or another, states are going to have a much stronger role in education in the future than under the current NCLB waiver system:

NOTE: The Grade is going to be taking a break from Wednesday August 19 (tomorrow) through Monday August 24 but will be back Tuesday August 25.

Bernie Sanders Will Meet DeRay Mckesson & Other Black Lives Matter Activists Bustle: Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson tweeted at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday, telling him that his racial justice platform had “promise” and asking whether he would be available to discuss it in more detail. In a brief reply just two hours later, Sanders agreed to meet with Mckesson and other civil rights activists. 

Opt-Out Movement Draws ‘Little Public Sympathy’ in New Poll District Dossier: A new poll from Education Next also revealed slipping public support for the Common Core State Standards, charter schools, and teacher tenure, but backers of those policies continue to outnumber opponents.

States Gaining a Say on School Accountability EdWeek: Whether a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act makes it over the finish line this year, the federally driven accountability system at the heart of the law seems destined to go the way of the Blockbuster video. 

L.A. Unified looks for smoother tech operations this school year LA Times: Getting students into the right classroom on the first day of school is a modest goal. But it’s a huge improvement over last year, when thousands of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District were left without class assignments and teachers couldn’t even take roll. Officials this week are trying to right two major technology debacles: a malfunctioning records system and a now-abandoned plan to provide iPads to all students. As schools opened Tuesday, officials are hopeful that they’ve turned the corner on their technology fiascoes. See also KPCC LA.

Study Finds Education Does Not Close Racial Wealth Gap NPR: New research by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows education does not help black and Hispanic college graduates protect their wealth the same way it does for their white and Asian counterparts.

Why New York City doesn’t have a teacher shortage ChalkbeatNY: Shandrick and the small high school’s hiring committee received more than 100 applications for just three positions this spring. That scenario might have played out differently in Nashville, Oklahoma City, or a number of other urban school districts struggling to fill positions before this school year begins… Just one in three graduates from a teacher preparation program is able to land a job in New York, according to the State Education Department.

Students at Failing Missouri Schools Score Low on New Test AP: Scores show a majority of students at Normandy and Riverview Gardens schools in the St. Louis area scored poorly on new statewide standardized tests administered in the spring. See also St. Louis Public Radio.

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

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