Roundup: Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors Entering US Schools

As immigration resurges, U.S. public schools help children find their footing Washington Post: Between Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015, federal officials released more than 95,000 unaccompanied minors into U.S. communities, virtually all of them entitled to enroll in public school.

Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators ‘unfairly blamed’ for schools’ challenges USA Today: In his first major speech, the acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King apologized to the nation’s teachers.

States Without Waivers No Longer Must Withhold Money for Tutoring, Choice PK12: States without waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act can come up with an alternative plan to support students in schools that have missed achievement targets.

L.A. Parents Launch Second Parent-Trigger Initiative at Struggling School EdWeek: Parents at 20th Street Elementary dropped a parent-trigger initiative in June after reaching an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District, but now say LAUSD hasn’t delivered.

Differences In Suspension May Cause 20 Percent Of Achievement Gap Boston Learning Lab: Now a study of more than 15,000 students in Kentucky says that as much as 20 percent of the difference may be due to a single cause: getting suspended from school. Even after controlling for other factors, such as socioeconomic status and disabilities, they found a strong correlation between suspension and lower scores on end-of-year tests.

Chicago Principal and Her School Collect Bottled Water for Flint District Dossier: Lisa Epstein, a principal at Chicago’s Richard Henry Lee school, grew up in Flint, Mich., and launched an effort in her school community to collect bottled water for children and families in her hometown.

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.