AM News: AFT President Arrested for Protesting Philly's 23 School Closings
Philadelphia Commission votes to close 23 schools, spare four Philadelphia Inquirer: In a tense, dramatic conclusion to a months-long battle, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to close 23 schools across the city - and spare four it had considered shutting
Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, Arrested For Protesting Philadelphia School Closure Hearing HuffPostEdu: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking a school reform hearing in Philadelphia, an AFT spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
Diane Ravitch Launches New Education Advocacy Counterforce PoliticsK12: Education historian Diane Ravitch, a fierce critic of current education reform trends, is launching a new advocacy organization that will support political candidates who oppose high-stakes testing, mass school closures, and what her group calls the "privatizing" of public schools.
Chicago Public Schools panel: Up to 80 schools could close ChicagoTribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration could safely close or overhaul as many as 80 schools this year, according to the final report of a commission that just two months ago voiced misgivings about the district's ability to close a large number of schools without major upheaval.
Districts Tying Principal Reviews to Test Scores EdWeek: A growing number of school districts—including large ones like those in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Hawaii—have become recent converts to new principal-evaluation systems that tie school leaders' appraisals to student test scores.