Trump says Carson will have major education role in his administration PK12: In response to a question about Common Core, candidates opened up about their education agendas during a debate Thursday night.

Could Ben Carson be the Next U.S. Secretary of Education? State Edwatch: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told a debate audience Thursday that former candidate Ben Carson would “be very involved with education” in a Trump administration.

New law means shorter expulsions, more schooling for disciplined students Seattle Times: Newly passed legislation shortens expulsions and requires school districts to help disciplined students keep up with studies, among other efforts aimed at improving education for minority kids.

LAUSD staff rejecting more charter applications, but the school board isn’t always on the same page KPCC: García cut a deal, right there in front of the board room. As board members debated, García huddled with WISH’s executive director and a California Charter Schools Association staffer. Then she returned to the dais to offer a compromise: overrule the recommendation of L.A. Unified staff and approve WISH’s charter bid for three years, not five. By a 4-2 vote, the board agreed. WISH supporters, clad in red T-shirts, erupted in cheers.

What exactly is a good school? California is trying to find out. LA Times: George Green V, a 19-year-old student, wants you to know what it means to have a black teacher with dreadlocks like his.“When I see him teach, I’m looking at myself in the mirror,” he said. Green is studying at Sacramento Charter High School. He was diagnosed with depression at age 10, and feels…

America’s High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries’ High School Dropouts NPR: The PIAAC study the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or in their social lives. Japan and Finland led the group in literacy, math and technology skills, while the United States’ performance was average or well below average in each category.

Segregationist Byrd’s Name to Be Axed From Virginia School AP: A Virginia school division decided Thursday to remove a prominent segregationist’s name from a school, saying students should not be educated in a building named after a man who sought to shutter schools rather than integrate them.

Chicago District Sues Ex. Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett for More Than $65M District Dossier: The Chicago School District says former superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett and associates with SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates conspired to defraud the school district and stole money from city’s school children.

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