Roundup: Opt-Out/Testing Seasons Begins For States Like NY & IL

To Opt Out or Not? Dueling Messages Before Next Week’s Tests WNYC: Leaders of the opt out movement accuse the city’s Department of Education of withholding information from families about their right to boycott the state tests, in what appears to be an attempt to reach a broader audience before next week’s tests.

Will Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of PARCC Test Like Last Year? WBEZ: The PARCC is aligned with Common Core standards, which are national standards. Some parents think the PARCC and other Common Core tests …

Friedrichs ends with a whimper Politico: SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry, NEA’s Lily Eskelsen Garcia, AFT’s Randi Weingarten, and AFSCME’s Lee Saunders all held a joint press call after Tuesday’s decision, and “all four of us understand the importance of working together and combining our resources, …

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union’s repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner’s anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities. See also Crain’s: April 1 teacher strike ‘all but’ assured, CTU says.

Chicago Teachers Union walkout raises legal questions Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool insists it would be illegal, and Gov. Bruce Rauner calls it an “abuse of power.” Even union members have sought reassurances…

Educator misconduct cases continue to choke the system SI&A Cabinet Report: The number of teacher misconduct cases awaiting an appeal hearing has actually increased since the governor and state lawmakers agreed last year to provide additional funding to help clear a backlog of some 265 open investigations.

Lower East Side families get first look at a sweeping plan to integrate schools ChalkbeatNY: The proposal would re-introduce families’ demographic information into the admissions system, under a model known as “controlled choice.” Now, families applying to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten would first submit information about their income level and whether they earned a high school or college degree, along with whether their child lives in temporary housing, is not a native English speaker, or has a disability.

School board backs away from rezoning proposal tagged by critics as segregation Washington Post: Loudoun County board drew criticism for a plan that would have created high-poverty schools.

A Diverse Teaching Force? This Search Firm Can Help, But It’ll Cost You NPR: Meet Stratégenius Consulting — a company that helps schools find candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Detroit Schools to Get Stopgap Aid, More Corruption Alleged ABC News: The state’s largest school district was in danger of starting to run out of money in April. The stopgap spending legislation shows the district’s challenges “aren’t just Detroit’s problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan,” Snyder 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.