Who might head L.A. Unified, and what are officials looking for in a leader? LA Times: In its search for a new superintendent, the Los Angeles Board of Education is out to find that rare leader who can tame political turmoil, manage a multibillion-dollar organization and somehow drive academic achievement upward. See also KPCC.

Sesame Street Reveals New Character, A Girl With Autism NPR: There’s big news from one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods. “Sesame Street” has a new character. Her name is Julia, she’s 4, and likes chocolate milk and playing with Elmo. She also wears lime green tights that match her eyes. And one more thing – she has autism. Here’s Cory Turner of the NPR Ed team.

New report shows disconnection among black youths in Montgomery Washington Post: Survey showed more than one in four black youths feel people have discriminated against them at school.

Why Calling Slaves ‘Workers’ Is More Than An Editing Error NPR: This high school geography textbook calls slaves “workers” and “immigrants.” The publisher is working to correct the error, but what does it tell us about teaching history? 

Teach For America Pledges to Recruit More Latino Teachers NBC News: Mario Benabe, 24, teaches special education mathematics at Bronx River High School in New York City as a Teach For America corps member. The school is just minutes away from where he grew up, so he shares the same background as many of the students he teaches. Benabe is just the type of teacher thatTeach For America wants more of.

LeBron James And Michelle Obama Take Stage To Promote Education HuffPost: One is from Chicago’s south side, the daughter of a city pump operator. The other was raised by a single mother, who bounced around Akron looking for a better life for her talented son. But as they stood side-by-side Wednesday, Michelle Obama and LeBron James were proof to kids that dreams do come true.

‘Say Something’ slogan, born of terror, adopted for schools AP: A variation on the adage "If You See Something, Say Something," first introduced in a jittery New York City after 9/11, is being adopted for schools at a time of heightened vigilance for the next classroom shooter….

U.S. Department of Education Approves More State Teacher-Distribution Plans PK12: The states are: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. See also EdSource Today.

A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls NYT: Poverty and related problems hurt all children in things like school readiness, but a study finds boys are more sensitive to such factors.

When Students Become Patients, Privacy Suffers ProPublica: Under FERPA, the fact that Andrea was no longer a minor did not matter. FERPA allowed the university to share information with her parents.

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.