Student Debt in America NYT: How a teacher ended up $410,000 in debt reveals the deep contradictions in the federal government’s approach to student loans.

To build a better teacher, Harvard launches program aimed at quality  Washington Post: As the country debates the best way to improve the quality of teachers in struggling public schools, Harvard University is launching a training program it hopes will serve as a national model.

Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts WAMU: Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education WNYC: In Indiana, Nash must meet the same learning standards as other students and the same graduation requirements if he wants a diploma. He’s currently working toward the state’s General Diploma, which requires two years of math, including Algebra 1. But Nash’s dad, Jeff, says his son isn’t ready to take that class, so he’s in another, remedial math class to help him prepare.

StopESEA? Conservative Blogger Who May Have Helped Derail ESEA Has New Qualms PK12: Last time, a conservative blogger was unhappy with the policy. This time, she’s miffed about the process.

When A 4-Day School Week Might Cost More Than It Saves NPR: An Arizona school district slimmed down its budget by dropping class on Fridays. But parents say they’re having to stretch their wallets to find something for their kids to do on that fifth day.

University of Chicago Cancels Classes After Online Threat NYT: The university president said that F.B.I. officials warned that “an unknown individual” had threatened gun violence on the main campus on Monday.

Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self, a robot that allows girl with cancer to attend school Washington Post: Advanced robot gives 10-year-old a chance to be a part of daily elementary school classes, remotely.

Student Stabbed Inside Baltimore High School AP: The department wrote on its official Twitter page that a student was stabbed inside Renaissance Academy High School. Baltimore police and city school police were on the scene. The student’s condition was not known, and no other details were immediately available.

Malia Obama scoping out colleges, preparing for future Detroit Free Press: She also doesn’t have to worry about how to pay for her college education, unlike many of the students President Barack Obama and his wife regularly encourage to pursue post-high school education.

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