Roundup: NEA Council Endorses Clinton (With Some Last-Minute Drama)

NEA Endorses Hillary Clinton in Democratic Primary PK12: The endorsement comes despite serious misgivings from some affiliates, who were hoping a slower endorsement process would give the union more time to extract more policy promises from Clinton. See also PoliticoNYTLA TimesWashington Post, Education Intelligence Agency.

Federal judge agrees to hear charter schools’ case alleging unequal funding Washington Post: The lawsuit was filed by the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, along with Eagle Academy and Washington Latin public charter schools, in the summer of 2014.

Black leaders visit schools in D.C. and elsewhere to inspire students Washington Post: Four hundred African Americans visited classrooms in 200 schools and 67 cities this fall, the sixth time that HistoryMakers has organized the back-to-school event.

How a Boston program is transforming the way we train teachers PBS NewsHour: Renee’s lengthy training period is part of a transformation in the way Boston and handful of other cities prepare their teachers. While some teacher training programs require only a few weeks in the classroom, these residency models require far more. In 2003, Jesse Solomon, who taught math in Boston public schools for ten years – co-founded the program that he likens to a medical residency.

For D.C. Second-Graders, It’s All About The Bikes NPR: This is all part of the D.C. public schools’ mission this year to teach every second-grader how to ride. In partnership with the city’s transportation department and private donors, the district bought nearly 1,000 new bikes. Those bikes will rotate throughout the year to every elementary school in the city.

Mayor to CPS on graduation rates: ‘Go back and be accurate.’ WBEZ: Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told Chicago school officials to go back and fix the errors in the graduation rate that were first reported in June by WBEZ and the Better Government Association. “Soon as there were questions raised, I said, ‘Go back, and analyze what’s going on and be accurate,’” Emanuel said. “And that’s exactly what they did.”

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be ‘Reasonable,’ Says Obama DOJ HuffPost: In a statement of interest on Friday, Justice Department lawyers said the court needs to decide whether “handcuffing two elementary school children with disabilities, behind their backs and around their biceps, for failure to follow instructions” was “objectively reasonable.”

Calif. Teens Had Detailed Plans For a Massacre at School NBC News: KCRA’s Tom Miller reports that it was fellow students, at California’s Summerville High School, who told school administration about fellow students plans to create a massacre at the school soon.

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.