Best Of The Week (September 28-October 2, 2015)



AP: Education Secretary Arne Duncan steps down after 7-year term

Texas Observer: South Texas Superintendent Pioneers Early College Approach 

WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools lowers graduation rate after WBEZ finds errors 

The Seventy Four: Ohio’s Charter School Disaster

TIME: Why the SAT and the ACT are competing for students long before college

WNYC: History Repeats Itself in Brooklyn School Rezoning

Mic: Why Your Old Graphing Calculator Is Still Being Used – & Still Costs a Fortune


Husband Of NYT Race and Equity Reporter Involved In BKLYN Gentrification Story 

Is Education Journalism Over-Focused On Reform Battles?

At Newark Panel, Journalists Let Advocates’ Claims Go Unchallenged 

Philly Magazine’s Messed-Up Cover Story

How The Media Botched The Columbine School Shooting 

What To Do When The Person You’re Quoting Is Your Predecessor?

Another National News Outlet Without A National Ed Reporter 


WGN Radio: How does racial inequality thrive in good schools?

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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