State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional Seattle Times: The ruling — believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country — overturns the law voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.

10 Years In, Tulsa’s Pre-K Investment Is Paying Off NPR: These findings are important because Tulsa’s program is considered a model for high-quality preschool programs nationwide, and the city has received extensive funding from the state to make it so. Phillips says her research now shows precisely how children have benefited over time.

Don’t panic, officials say as California braces for lower test results LA Times: Even before new state test scores are released this week, one thing is already clear: Results will be lower than in years past. Probably much lower. See also EdSource Today.

Rep. John Kline Won’t Seek Re-Election; Adds Pressure on ESEA Rewrite PK12: His forthcoming departure puts added pressure on lawmakers in both chambers to come to an agreement on their respective ESEA overhauls before the end of the year.

Organized labor wants Joe Biden to run Politico: Even the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, who is such a Clinton supporter that she serves on the board of the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA, declined comment on the possibility of a Biden campaign. 

Chicago officials to reopen high school after fiery protests AP: Chicago officials announced plans Thursday to open a new arts-focused school in a neighborhood school once slated for closure, but protesters who have disrupted budget meetings vowed to continue a hunger strike over perceived racial disparities and other issues in the city’s education system…. See also Washington Post.

After John Deasy, LAUSD faces a tough choice: Play it safe or take another risk? LA Times: When the school board chose John Deasy as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2011, it knew what it was getting: an outsized personality with a national reputation as an advocate for school reform.

A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win NYT: On TeachersPayTeachers, some educators have been able to convert hours of class preparation into thousands of dollars, and 12 have become millionaires.

Surprise! Md. 4th-graders and middle-schoolers get Chromebooks after all. Washington Post: Budget cuts delayed the laptop initiative in Montgomery, but a shifting of funds means 20,000 new devices.

Obama Talks School Technology Gap During Alaska Visit EdWeek: The White House launched the ConnectEd program back in 2013, and has drawn financial support from numerous ed-tech providers and private organizations with the goal of improving digital education and Web connectivity. 

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