Roundup: Philly Turnarounds, Clinton Visit (Plus NYC Parent Lawsuit)

Politicians, union leaders, and teachers blast school turnaround plans Philly Inquirer: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Katie McGinty, candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, joined local union and political leaders Wednesday in opposing a turnaround plan for an elementary school in North Philadelphia.

Clinton courts union support in Philadelphia Newsworks: Seeming energized after losing to rival Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin’s primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a friendly crowd of organized labor in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Hillary Clinton’s union problem Politico: Teachers have yet to unite behind Clinton, the latest sign that she is struggling to lock down an important chunk of the Democratic base.

Parents Will Sue America’s Largest School District Over Classroom Violence BuzzFeed: The suit will be filed late Wednesday night in the Eastern District Court of New York, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. It is the first time a class-action lawsuit has been filed over school violence in New York.

Why school can be a rocky ride for some young Syrians in the US WNYC: The warm welcome many Syrian families receive in the US does not always apply to schools.

Grading Schools On Student Resilience And Self-Control WAMU: This spring a handful of school districts in California will begin testing students on resilience and self-control, among other so-called social emotional skills. Debate over new federal standards on school quality and testing for non-academic skills.

The cost of better school security: $10 million in cameras for Miami-Dade Miami Herald: The Miami-Dade County school district is planning on spending $10 million on additional security cameras. The district already has 12,000 of them, like this one at Miami Beach High, but would add 7,000 more so that every school is monitored by 2020.

Seattle’s IB schools are national outliers in lack of support from district Seattle Times: Across the country, thousands of schools offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Seattle is the only large district in the Pacific Northwest that makes parents or individual schools pay for it.

Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request Washington Post:  State said the county did not do enough to modify its calendar in making up missed days.

Teacher arrested for carrying a gun at a middle school in Newtown, Conn. Washington Post: Small town where 26 children and teachers were killed in a notorious 2012 elementary school shooting has stepped up its law enforcement presence at schools.

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.