Education Comes out on Top in Federal Spending Bill US News: The $1.2 billion increase for the Department of Education largely consists of a $500 million boost for Title I, the pillar of the federal K-12 law that provides funding for poor students, and a $415 million increase to the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which funds special education programs.

Clinton Views on Charter Schools, Teacher Evaluations Upset Some DemocratsWSJ: Democrats backing the effort to overhaul American education have become increasingly concerned that presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton isn’t committed to their cause, and some donors are holding back support for her campaign.

Students evacuated at two D.C. high schools Washington Post: Police responded to a bomb threat at Ballou and a report of a suspicious package at Anacostia.

Days from leaving office, Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about successes, failures Washington Post: Duncan addresses efforts to boost preschool, college funding for undocumented students and the problem of gun violence in the U.S.: “Other countries just value their kids more than we do, and that’s heartbreaking. … It’s hard to educate a kid that’s dead.”

Furor over Arabic assignment leads Virginia school district to close Friday Washington Post: The assignment asked students to copy the Muslim statement of faith to learn about Arabic calligraphy.

Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later NPR: There’s more to learn at school than reading and math. Teaching kids to control their emotions, solve problems and work well with others can help them succeed as teens and adults.

Experiment with StoryCorps in schools yields more than 50,000 interviews Washington Post: High schoolers’ intimate interviews with relatives are revealing, and as much about the interview experience as the recordings themselves.

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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