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Morning Video: Barack Or Kaya

Watch President Obama both frighten and reassure little kids at yesterday's Easter Egg Roll event (link here), or, watch DC chancellor Kaya Henderson update on more serious things.

AM News: New Union Challenge In CA (Plus Chicago Election)

Another lawsuit challenges teachers unions' dues EdSource: In a statement on Monday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten accused StudentsFirst of hypocrisy. See also SF Chronicle. How Rahm Emanuel ended up in a fight for his political life Vox: If Garcia manages another upset? The ramifications will go beyond Chicago. Show More Summary

People: Next Year's Spencer Fellows Are Romo, Mosle, & Richards

Just in time for Passover and Easter, the three new Spencers for 2015-2016 have been announced. They are LA-based Vanessa Romo, former New Yorker and NYT Magazine writer Sara Mosle, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Erin Richards....Show More Summary

Quotes: Children's Academic Success Vs. Minority Voting Rights

The big problem here is that somehow we have arrived at a point wherein placing value on student achievement results is mutually exclusive to respecting the voting rights of African-American communities... That is a fight that neither side can win, nor should want to fight. - Former Mass Insight head Justin Cohen @justcohen) on his new blog.

Thompson: Atlanta Is Still Just the Tip of the Testing Icebergs

Once again, the convictions of the eleven surviving educators for their role in Atlanta's infamous cheating scandal provides a "teachable moment" in regard to the inherent harm of high stakes testing. The Guardian's Max Blau, in WhyShow More Summary

Corrections: Nothing Like The Rolling Stone UVa Story Has Ever Happened In K-12 Reporting (Right)?

I can think of a handful of incidents in which mainstream news outlets got things wrong, and a couple of higher ed stories where facts and reporting were called into question. (There was the Tulane education study that was retractedShow More Summary

AM News: Common Core Testing Continues (Who's Up Next?)

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare NYT: School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities. Show More Summary

Quotes: The Hazards Of Talking To The Press

Sometimes, even when they record your words, you still end up with a lousy, out-of-context quote. I need to work on making that impossible. — Morgan Polikoff (@mpolikoff) March 12, 2015 USC's Morgan Plikoff: "Sometimes, even when they record your words, you still end up with a lousy, out-of-context quote. I need to work on making that impossible."

Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

It's Good Friday and so I'll be updating the site -- lightly -- via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook and here). See it all below. Have a great weekend! Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"

#TBT: Way, Way Back When Arne Duncan Was Still New

Way back in the early 2000's, Arne Duncan was still the new guy in town and folks were trying to figure out what had happened under Mayor Daley's first education czar, Paul Vallas. I edited a book about it for the Harvard Education Press,...Show More Summary

People: Berkeley Professor Becomes NYT Contributor, Joins Twitter

Newish NYT contributor @DavidKirp had only 85 followers as of a few minutes ago and is following just 30 folks. (I'm not one of them, are you?) According to his NYT bio, Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California,...Show More Summary

Quotes: Reforming In Good Faith (Is It Too Much To Ask?)

My review criticized Klein not for his own good-faith works on behalf of our schools, but for his refusal to believe that his foes were also working in good faith. Nothing in his reply suggests that I was wrong. -- Jonathan Zimmerman in the NYROB (Good Faith & the Schools by Joel Klein)

Thompson: The Education Fight Over Hillary's Heart and Mind

I'm sure not one of those "top liberals" cited by Politico's in Top Liberals Call for Warren Candidacy. But, I want to vote for Warren in the primary. I also believe that the key short-term priority for teachers is sending an unmistakable message to the probable nominee, Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

Selfies: Oh No, Duncan's Mastered The Selfie Stick

Graduating seniors from Stoney Nakoda Nation are role models committed to strengthening their community. — Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) March 31, 2015

Morning Video: Cheating As A Criminal Act

"An investigation had found systematic cheating in more than 40 schools. Judy Woodruff learns more from Kevin Riley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution." (How cheating on standardized tests can be a criminal act.) Or watch this video from Bright (Meet Nancy Davis, the Pirate Teacher).

AM News: Cuomo, Christie, & Union Division Over Common Core

Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition WNYC: Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union. Show More Summary

Magazines: What To Make Of Education Next?

Last week's EdWeek's review of Education Next (Policy Views, With an Edge) is a good opportunity to talk about what the 14 year-old magazine does -- and doesn't -- get right, and where it fits in the ever-changing education media landscape. Show More Summary

Thompson: Best Reason Ever for Anti-Teacher Legislation

Too often, it is hard to tell the difference between progressive school reformers and Scott Walker, ALEC, and the far right wing. Maggie Paynich's Teachers Should Have to Pay Union Dues Out of Pocket is based on even more misinformation...Show More Summary

Quotes: Education Won't "Fix" Inequality (But It Sure Helps Folks Earn More)

Even if [education] doesn’t do much to reduce overall inequality, [the study's authors] find it does reduce inequality within the bottom half of the income distribution, by increasing the earnings of those near the 25th percentile of earnings (in 2013, those making $6,100 a year, compared with $8,720 in the simulation with higher education). Show More Summary

#EdGif Of The Day: Oklahoma Teachers Protest Lack Of Funding

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy "Hundreds of Okla. Teachers Protest Lack of Funding Chopper aerials capture the scene at the Oklahoma State Capitol where hundreds of teachers have gathered to ask state lawmakers to appropriate more taxpayer dollars to public education." via NBC News. Too short for a video, too long for a gif:

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