Roundup: LA Eyes Charter Expansion, New Superintendent (Plus: Chicago Strike?)

LAUSD Board of Education eyes growth of charter schools LA Daily News: The focus of the board’s deliberations will be a controversial $490 million plan to more than double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles. See also KPCC LA.

Next L.A. schools chief: A politically savvy educator who’s a superhero? LA Times: The people have spoken about what they want in a new superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the hunt is on for Superman or Superwoman. 

Chicago Teachers Union Says Its Members Are Willing to Strike TeacherBeat: The Chicago Teachers Union took a “practice” vote last week to test how its members felt about walking off the job. See also Tribune, Sun-Times.  

Feds: Ex-CPS CEO ‘fraudulently’ steered $40M contract in Detroit Sun Times: An FBI agent believed corrupt former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett worked to “fraudulently steer” a $40 million contract to one of the country’s biggest educational publishers while she worked for the Detroit schools, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Education Continues to Struggle for Airtime in GOP Debates PK12: If you tuned into the Tuesday night GOP presidential debate hoping for education policy talk, once again, you got very meager scraps.

City Releases Latest School Quality Guides WNYC: The latest guides showed a slight uptick of graduating high school seniors last year enrolled in either a two- or four-year college, vocational program or public service program, up two percentage points to 53 percent. The city’s overall college-readiness rate also was up, reaching 35 percent compared to 33 percent last year. See also ChalkbeatNY.

Highway Safety Chief Calls For Seat Belts In Every School Bus HuffPost: “The position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is that seat belts save lives,” Rosekind remarked. “That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus.”

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.