Roundup: South Carolina Spotlights School Police (Plus NAEP Followup)

Rough Student Arrest Puts Spotlight on School Police NYT: As common as the officers and their arrests have become, there are no generally accepted standards for how they should be trained, used, armed or organized. No one even knows for certain how many there are — most experts estimate between 10,000 and 15,000 nationwide.

Assaulted S.C. Student Is A Recent Orphan Living In Foster Care, Attorney Says AP: The attorney for a 16-year-old student who was thrown across a classroom during an arrest says the officer should be jailed for his actions.

School Board Recall Vote in Colorado Tests Conservative Policies NYT: The vote here in Jefferson County, just west of Denver, has become a money-soaked proxy war between union supporters and conservative groups like the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, testing whether parents in an election-year battleground believe a rightward turn in their schools has gone too far.

Wisconsin holds steady while U.S. slips in national test report Journal-Sentinel Online: But, as is the case in so many measurements of academic success, the achievement gap between white and black students remains great in Wisconsin, ranking the second widest in the NAEP report for both reading and math.

Fight over charter school signals philosophical differences in how schools are viewed WBEZ Chicago: For a decade, Chicago has followed the school reform strategy it laid out in its Renaissance 2010 program: improve the entire system by adding new “high quality” schools. But the city’s school reform strategy, and Noble’s expansion plans, have clashed this year with dire fiscal, political, and educational realities to a degree unseen before.

Montgomery County Schools To See Long Overdue Expansion And Modernization WAMU: School officials in Montgomery County are unveiling their construction plans for the next five years, and thanks to a backlog the northernmost part of the county will see a lot of construction. See also Washington Post.

LAUSD fires controversial lawyer in sex abuse case — again KPCC: W. Keith Wyatt represented LAUSD in arguing that a Los Angeles middle school student was mature enough to consent to sex with her 28-year-old teacher.

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.