ESEA Reauthorization Coasts Through House; Next Stop: U.S. Senate PK12: The House on Wednesday voted 359 to 64 to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act, which would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s. See also NYT, AP, Washington PostNPR.

Teachers’ strike vote set for next week, union says Tribune: he voting will come after union leaders and allies urged thousands of teachers during a Grant Park rally last month to confront the city with the threat of what could be the city’s second teacher walkout since 2012.

Police: 5 students detained for plotting to attack school AP: Police have detained five New Jersey fifth-graders for allegedly plotting to attack a high school during a field trip….

Before Minecraft The Blocks Were Made Of Wood NPR: Today we explore the simple, powerful tool that is still alive and well in some early learning classrooms: the wooden block. You might call it the anti-app.

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