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AM News: NEA Ponders Timing, Selection Of Clinton -- Or Sanders

Who Will the NEA Endorse for President, Clinton or Sanders -- & When? TeacherBeat: Hillary Clinton, obviously, is the odds-on favorite for NEA pick. But consider this: At the NEA meeting this summer, by far the loudest delegate cheer went to Bernie Sanders, when the names of the three Democratic candidates interviewed by NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia were announced. And officially, the NEA has been utterly silent about its endorsement plans. In a way, though, the "who" question is the wrong one to ask. The right question is whether the union can even get a primary endorsement together at all while it still matters.

In New White House Bid, Clinton Embraces Race as a Top Issue AP: At multiple stops in South Carolina, Clinton on Thursday bemoaned "mass incarceration," an uneven economy, increasingly segregated public schools and poisoned relations between law enforcement and the black community.

Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools for Internet Service ProPublica: The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as E-Rate. AT&T said then, and reaffirmed in a recent email to ProPublica, that it complies with the requirement that it charge such customers what is known as the “lowest corresponding price.”

Pool for Unassigned Teachers Swells in Newark Wall Street Journal: The pool swelled recently due to the cyclical flux between school years; many teachers are expected to find jobs in the fall. Many teachers, however, are there because they balked at longer hours in schools slated for overhauls. Under a union-district agreement, teachers joined the pool if they didn’t agree to a stipend, typically $3,000, for working about an hour more daily, several Saturdays and two weeks in the summer. A union spokesman said some who kept to contract hours and left at 3:05 p.m. were derided by other staffers as “Three-oh-fivers.”

Seven States Get NCLB Waiver Renewals, Including Opt-Out Friendly Oregon PK12: Alaska, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Utah can keep their flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, no matter what happens with a pending rewrite of the law.

Pearson’s Fallon Seen Turning to Education Deals After FT Sale Bloomberg Business: Pearson Plc’s sale of the Financial Times newspaper to Japanese publisher Nikkei Inc. clears the way for the U.K. company to pursue acquisitions in educational publishing.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).
De Blasio Panel Offers Blueprint for School Discipline Reforms WNYC: The Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline said in its report that the city should focus on the relatively few schools that see the most arrests and suspensions, adding social workers and re-training school leaders to resolve conflicts differently. It also said educators and police need to reduce disparities in who's disciplined. See also Chalkbeat.
 
New-look education commissioner pursues similar agenda Capital New York: New York’s new education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, and her predecessor, John King, both support the state’s controversial reform agenda, including implementing the Common Core standards, testing students on the more difficult material and evaluating teachers using students’ exam scores. But it’s what makes her different from the former chief that state education officials have highlighted.
 
5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping the Education System As We Know It HuffPost: Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for parents with a secure login. Tech has even infiltrated the classroom with tablets and video conferencing enhancing student engagement and creating more opportunities for remote learning. 
 
Total Overhaul: Chicago School Board Changes Leadership And Borrows Millions Reuters: The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved the sale of up to $1.16 billion of bonds for its cash-strapped school system as well as new leaders, according to a spokeswoman for the district.
 
Most D.C. student transfers in 2013-14 moved between city schools and other states Washington Post: City releases its second report on student mobility, examining trends in the numbers of students who transfer in and out of public schools during the school year, a trend that leads to lower student achievement and higher drop out rates.
 
Teachers fault Loeb for 'unconscionable' tax scheme Chicago Tribune: "When just one hedge fund takes advantage of this loophole, it means hundreds of millions of dollars are lost that would otherwise support quality public schools," Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement.
 
Brothers’ keepers: Reinventing school for young black men MinnPost: They call it the school-to-prison pipeline, the journey that often begins, for African-American boys, with an inability to read. That too often leads to a referral to special education, frequently for defiant or angry behavior that in white children is likely to be seen as the understandable after-effect of being unable to keep up. African-Americans make up 1 percent of the state’s teachers, so the person judging the behavior invariably does so across a cultural chasm.
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