Roundup: New York & Other States Begin Testing/Opt-Out Season

Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents Politico: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew attention to the racial disparity in 2013 when he remarked to state superintendents that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against new academic standards because their kids had done poorly on the tough…

Chancellor on State Tests: ‘I Don’t Believe in Opting Out’ WNYC: “I don’t believe in opting out,” she told reporters at a Brooklyn high school where she announced an expansion of dual-language programs for the fall.

For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy ChalkbeatNY: The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift that got its start months ago and is borne out in the state’s newfound support for “community schools.” The satisfaction of both groups points to a larger theme: In a shift, the budget had much more to do with haggling over funding than arguing over education policy.

General Electric Pledges to Spend $50M on Boston Initiatives AP: General Electric pledges to spend $50 million on initiatives in Boston, including $25 million in public schools

High school dean, responsible for discipline, charged with having heroin in her office Washington Post: Dean was handcuffed and led out a back door of her New Hampshire public school, but students and parents weren’t told what happened for six weeks, when parent saw her name on a police arrest log.

Health Scare at Malibu School Sets Off Media War NYT: A debate over window caulking with the toxic chemical compounds has divided a California school district and parents like Cindy Crawford.

Bill, Chelsea Clinton spend day volunteering at Oakland schools SF Gate: Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, joined hundreds of volunteers at an Oakland school Sunday for a day of service that included a coat of paint and freshly potted plants.

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.