See #demtownhall for notes from last night’s Democratic debate.

Efforts to repeal Common Core gain steam in Kansas Washington Times: “Since last year it had no steam or momentum, and then all of a sudden it was passed out of the committee and on the agenda for a House debate,” said Brad Neuenswander, the state’s deputy education commissioner. “It’s a concern of ours because it still has some legs.”

Survey: Ohio Students Got A Grades on Paper Exams, F Grades Online EdWeek: Ohio is now part of a growing number of states that are questioning the validity of their online exam results.

Superintendents, but not teachers, give high grades to Common Core rollout EdSource Today: While a majority of superintendents and district leaders say their districts have successfully rolled out the new standards, classroom teachers in California are not as upbeat. In a questionnaire and interviews, they expressed doubts about their principals’ instructional knowledge and capacity to lead the transition to the new standards. 

Some 11th graders not getting message about how much new Smarter Balanced tests matter KPCC: CSU-bound 11th graders – the only grade in high school required to take the Smarter Balanced standardized tests – who exceed the standard don’t need remediation and can move forward with their Cal State enrollment. 

Southern Lawmakers Reconsidering Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations EdWeek: Lawmakers across the South, home to some of the nation’s most test score-centric teacher-evaluation systems, are rethinking the weight placed on value-added measures.

Charter school scandal haunts John Kasich Politico: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is an avid proponent of school choice, but his home state’s notoriously problematic charter school sector is often held up as an example of what can go wrong. In the last year, he successfully pushed for revisions to Ohio’s charter school oversight, but the sector remains embroiled in scandal.

Turmoil Behind The Scenes At A Nationally Lauded High School NPR: The early college model known as P-TECH has been copied all over the country, but it is is still a hotly contested work in progress, internal emails show.

Without support, Minnesota students left behind at graduation MPR: Minority students in Minnesota schools have a lower chance of completing high school than in nearly any other state, according to this Minnesota Public Radio investigation. And these schools already spend less money than any other state on the kind of support that might help the students.

Lessons From The School Where I Failed As A Teacher NPR: For years, NPR’s Claudio Sanchez has struggled with his decision to leave teaching and the children he had grown so fond of.

For some parents, getting their kids to school is easier said than done WNYC: At San Diego’s heavily immigrant Adams Elementary School, a push is on to improve attendance, an indicator linked to dropout rates.

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