BEST OF THE WEEK

NYT: Surprise! Florida and Texas Excel in Math and Reading Scores http://ow.ly/U3ria

CNN: Ben Carson’s surprising position on education funding http://ow.ly/U2QgC

NYT: At a Success Academy Charter School, Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’

ChalkbeatCO: In Denver school board race, a telling divide over what defines a “neighborhood http://ow.ly/U3gqR

Five Thirty Eight: Cops In Classrooms Are Encouraged With Federal $$, But Rarely Evaluated

WBEZ Chicago: Fight over charter school signals philosophical differences in how schools are viewed http://ow.ly/U2Q9Y

LA Times:  Homeless near Koreatown charter put school’s mission to the test 

Sun-Times: Warrant reveals just how hard Byrd-Bennett pushed for crooked deal

NPR: The Online College That’s Helping Undocumented Students http://ow.ly/U3qLM

LA Times: Can the ‘worst kid ever’ survive probation camp and thrive? http://ow.ly/U3cGr

FROM THE GRADE

Five Quick Thoughts About the NYT”s Charter School Story

5 Teacher Prep Stories I’d Like To See (More Of) 

What’s A Magnet Montessori Got To Do With NCLB? Dunno.

Behind The Scenes At Politico’s Morning Education

Blizzard Of Testing Coverage Still Leaves Lots Of Gaps

Even In Minnesota, It’s Nearly Impossible To Get Teacher Prep Performance Data  

Thanks to the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple for mentioning my Merrow/Moskowitz work in his recent piece (New York Times, PBS face stunning disclosures from targets of their investigations)** 

KICKERS

DNA Info: NYC Schools Boss Touts Pen Pal System as Substitute for Racial Integration

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.