Roundup: What Clinton Told NEA Delegates, Plus Chicago Scandal Moves To Detroit

What Hillary Clinton Told the NEA Board of Directors PK12: Earlier this month, the National Education Association voted to endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president. But what went into that decision beforehand?

Authorities probing ex-Chicago schools CEO’s Detroit tenure AP:Authorities are investigating Detroit Public Schools contracts awarded by a former official who has pleaded guilty to her role in a kickback scheme while she was CEO of Chicago's school system, DPS said Thursday…. See also Sun-Times: Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s Detroit contracts under federal investigation.

Teacher Rafe Esquith’s misconduct investigation is a high-profile test for LAUSD panel LA Times: When a colleague complained that Rafe Esquith, the most celebrated teacher in Los Angeles, had made a joke about nudity to his fifth-grade students, the district called into action a newly formed squad of investigators to get to the bottom of it. See also KPCC: Lawyer for fired LAUSD teacher responds with class-action lawsuit, Washington Post L.A. school board fires Rafe Esquith, one of nation’s most lauded teachers.

New financial problem for state’s first charter school Seattle Times: The chairman of the Charter School Commission revealed at a meeting Thursday in Tacoma that First Place Scholars is being forced to quickly refund an overpayment in state dollars it received last school year.

Chiefs Share Insights From School-Turnaround Efforts in New Mexico, Utah State EdWatch: Has any state cracked the code when it comes to turning around schools that have been foundering for decades?

Months After Promise of Help, Atlanta Students Still Waiting AP: The Atlanta Redemption Academy states on its website that cheating on standardized tests deprived students of educational help and left Atlanta with an under-educated workforce. The website says the academy aimed to provide them with tutoring, GED classes or job training.

Clashes Erupt in the Streets of Santiago over Education Reforms NBC News: Protesters battle with police in Chile’s capital, after thousands of students demonstrated over government measures regulating free education.

McTeacher’s Nights: Teachers Unions Say No To School Fundraisers NPR: During McTeacher’s Nights, teachers stand behind the counter at McDonald’s, serving up food to their students who come in. At the end of the event, the school gets a cut of the night’s sales.

Long Island Assistant Principal With Role in Racy Rap Video Is Reassigned NYT: Esther Adler-O’Keefe has been given other duties in the Southampton, N.Y., school district after appearing in a video by the rapper J.R.

The surprising power of the ninth grade Marketplace: The school year is just a few weeks old, and ninth graders at George Washington High on Chicago’s southeast side are still trying to get the hang of things. They’re at a much bigger school, with hundreds more kids, and a more complicated class schedule. To help ease the transition, the school has grouped most of the freshman classes along one hallway.

Iraq Vet Offers A Final Lesson For His Former Student: ‘Real Men Cry’ NPR: Erik Booker is a seventh-grade teacher in Sumpter, S.C. He also happens to be an Army veteran who served in Iraq — just like the father of one of his students last year, Jenna.

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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