Best Of The Week (December 11-18, 2015)


Politico: How Ryan & Kline made NCLB rewrite happen

WSJ: Clinton Views on Charter Schools, Teacher Evaluations Upset Some Democrats

NYT: How School Segregation Persists in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Slate: For-profit charter schools are failing and fading. Here’s why.

US News: State Education Funding Hasn’t Recovered from Recession

NYT: Success Academy isn’t the only charter network shortening its long school day

BuzzFeed: Investors Rebel Against Controversial Online School Operator K12


Beltway Outlets Accurately Reported How ESSA “Sausage” Got Made, Says Hill Insider

The Strange, Off-Balance State Of Local Investigative Journalism

More Questions re LAT Decision To Publish District Allegations

When Mainstream Media Passes Along Misinformation

More Kudos For  Catalyst Chicago from Columbia Journalism Review


New Yorker: Why Zuckerberg’s Critics Are Wrong

Vox: A heartbreaking account of Obama comforting the grieving families after Sandy Hook

Gawker: Here’s the Full, Extremely Dumb Email That Shut Down the Entire L.A. Public School System

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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