Chancellor Presses to End Elite Testing

The chancellor of New York City schools testified for more than two hours at a City Council hearing Wednesday, staunchly defending the view that the admissions test for eight elite high schools must be abolished.
 Chancellor Richard Carranza said the 1971 state law that governs admissions was designed to block integration. Now, about 10% of students at the sought after schools are black or Hispanic, despite making up nearly 67% of the city's enrollment.

Schools Block Unvaccinated Children

Some school districts in the U.S. are booting unvaccinated students from campuses where infectious-disease cases have been confirmed, as the spread of measles accelerates in some states.
 Birmingham Public Schools in Michigan recently told families with students at Derby Middle School that students who are unvaccinated against measles have to stay out of school for 21 days after one child was diagnosed with the disease.

College Probe Now Looks At Students

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have sent letters to some college students or graduates whose parents have been implicated in the nationwide admissions bribery and fraud scandal, informing them that they may also be targets in the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.
 Prosecutors sent the letters to young adults believed to have known about the schemes that aimed to help get them into college, that person said.

In Indiana, Inmates Learn How to Code

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennifer Fleming was convicted of dealing drugs in 2012, but when she gets out of prison next year, she is hoping for a job in computer coding.
 “Technology is definitely going to be a steppingstone in keeping myself stable,” said Ms. Fleming, who is one of eight women in a pilot program at the Indiana Women's Prison that officials plan to roll out to other prisons in the state. Ms. Fleming, 40 years old, passed a test and two rounds of interviews to be accepted into the program.

Scores on Elite High School Test Predict Success, Study Says

A new puzzle piece has emerged in the fractious debate over how to fairly admit students to some of New York City's most sought-after public high schools.
 The city Department of Education on Friday released a 2013 report by a consulting firm it hired to analyze whether the entrance exam for Stuyvesant and seven other specialized high schools was a valid predictor of academic achievement.

Charter Recruits Diverse Teachers

A large charter school network has found a way to diversify its staff despite a chronic shortage of black and Hispanic teachers nationwide. Uncommon Schools, which has 52 urban charters in the Northeast, including New York City, recruits college juniors of color for a summertime taste of teaching in hopes they will sign on after graduation. Hundreds have joined the network full-time.

Schools race to offer lessons in blockchain and digital coinage

Business schools and universities are rushing to launch courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as demand for greater understanding of the technologies grows after the crypto boom. But what exactly should be taught and who should teach it? As academics take stock, debate is growing over where the future of cryptocurrency educationlies.
 Demand from professionals for teaching on cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology that underpins them had increased steadily. More recently, however, there has been an explosion of interest amid turbulent changes in the price of bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, and the hype around it.

Filings Air Harvard's Admission Policies

Harvard University and the organization accusing it of discriminating against Asian- American applicants each say race plays a role in admissions decisions, but disagree whether that constitutes evidence of illegal bias, according to documents filed Friday.
 The filings are part of a lawsuit in Boston federal court brought against Harvard in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit whose members include Asian-Americans who were denied admission to Harvard. The motions are a preview for an October trial in the case.

Teachers' Pension Squeeze Deals Harsh Lessons as Funds Fall Short

Kentucky state Sen. Joe Bowen got so many angry calls this month after proposing that teacher pension benefits be cut that he decided to change his cellphone number.
 “There have been some challenging days,” said Mr. Bowen, a Republican.
 The unrest is part of a broader fight unfolding around the country. Teachers from Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have staged strikes and demonstrations, and they have threatened walkouts over new proposals to install limits on pensions, wage increases and benefits.

Videogames Join School Lineup

Make room in high-school trophy cases for videogame squads.
 A top adviser for U.S. highschool athletics and activities has recommended schools adopt esports programs to go along with football, baseball, debate and other traditional after-school pursuits.
 It is the National Federation of State High School Associations' first recommendation for a new sport or activity since 2000, when it suggested schools adopt boys lacrosse.