Roundup: Baltimore Video, King Opposition, Chicago Charters

Jarring New Video Shows A School Police Officer Kicking A Black Teen HuffPost: Four seconds, three slaps, two profane words and one kick. That’s the narrative of a disturbing new video that appears to show a Baltimore school police officer assaulting an unidentified male teenager at Reach Partnership High School.  See also Washington Post, AP.

Baraka calls Christie’s charter expansion OK a ‘huge step backwards’ for Newark NJ.com: Mayor Ras Baraka is coming out strongly against Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to clear the way for a new wave of charter school expansion in Newark, calling it “huge step backwards” for their traditional public counterparts.

CPS chief blasts state panel’s reversal of plan to close charter schools Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool opened a new front in the city’s battle with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, lambasting a state board’s “shameful decision” to overturn the district’s plan to close three charter schools at the end of the school year.

Activists urge Senate not to confirm Obama’s pick for new education secretary Washington Post: Dozens of students, parents, educators and activists are urging the U.S. Senate not to confirm John King, President Obama’s choice to succeed Arne Duncan as education secretary, because he pushed education policies when he was education commissioner of New York State that they say were “ineffective and destructive.”

Head Start Program Expanded In Flint To Help Kids Exposed To Lead NPR: It’s an effort to combat the damaging effects on kids from the city’s lead-laced water. The effects of lead exposure are lifelong and can cause learning disabilities.

Is ‘Grit’ Doomed To Be The New Self-Esteem? NPR: Schools are moving to high-stakes testing of social and emotional skills. Some experts say it’s too soon.

Teen, peeved at getting up for school, shoots family Tennessean: An argument over getting out of bed for school Tuesday morning led a teenage boy to open fire on four family members, including his grandmother and two young children, in an East Nashville home, Metro police said.

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.