Parents, teachers and children rally for public education at schools across the nation Washington Post:  Alliance including teachers unions stages “walk-ins” at hundreds of schools. See also KPCC, Boston Learning Lab, WGN TV Chicago, SCPRA Times.

Obama To Meet With Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter Activists BuzzFeed: The White House told BuzzFeed News that President Obama will host a landmark meeting with activists from the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements on Thursday. Icons like Wade Henderson and John Lewis will meet with movement leaders like Brittany Packnett, Aislinn Pulley and DeRay Mckesson.

10 million California student records about to be released to attorneys SJ Mercury News:California public-school records on about 10 million students — including their Social Security numbers — will soon be handed over to attorneys for a parent group suing the state, with both parties blaming the other for the impending release of private information. See also SFGate.

Gov. Bill Haslam: TNReady scores can be left off teacher evaluations Chattanooga Times Free Press: In the meantime, the state intends to move back to pencil-and-paper tests for … and were approved over a flare-up over proposed Common Core tests.

Black CPS student suspension rates fall but still highest by far Chicago Sun-Times:Black students accounted for 39 percent of district-run and charter school students but 68 percent of 61,349 suspensions and 81 percent of expulsions in the 2014-15 school year.

At Chicago’s Only ‘Forest Playschool,’ Nature is the Classroom WBEZ: Research shows that imaginative social play and getting outside are key components to a good learning environment for preschoolers. At Chicago’s only “forest playschool,” nature is literally the classroom. Kids spend the entire day outside in the woods and a prairie, and the focus is on collaboration, not competition.

California School to Change Policy After Banning Gay T-Shirt AP: A central California school district has settled a free speech lawsuit brought by a high school junior who was sent home for refusing to change out of T-shirt that read, “Nobody Knows I’m A Lesbian.”

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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