Facing a changing political landscape, NAACP national convention comes to Baltimore fw.to/4gcTXRi [“We’re not saying we hate charter schools,” Russell said.]

Easy A? Nearly half of HS seniors graduate with A average – USATODAY.com nzzl.us/pyIPwNw

DEVOS/DENVER

Demonstrators display frustration with DeVos at Denver protest chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/…

Betsy DeVos’ Latest Speech Draws Protests, Even Before She Speaks npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Only 2 of 11 top USDE jobs have been nominated, making the agency among the slowest/lowest ow.ly/9U7Y30dLphK

ELECTORAL POLITICS

Education reformers give big to Democrats in Colorado governor’s race denverpost.com/2017/07/19/edu…

Network of education reformers continue to help shape governor’s race in Colorado chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/…

APPROPRIATIONS

Bill With More Than $2 Billion in Teacher-Training Cuts Advances in House blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig

House Committee Rejects Democrats’ Bid to Restore Education Funding, Protect Teacher Training the74million.org/article/house-…

KICKERS

Former LA deputy mayor to head LAUSD task force. First mission: boost attendance dailynews.com/social-affairs…

Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Wins Limelight at Competition – goo.gl/alerts/XK1EJ #GoogleAlerts

Teen girls learn about protecting nation, breaking barriers at cybersecurity camp wsj.com/articles/at-cy… via @WSJ

That Devious Plot to ‘Zombify’ Russia: The Fidget Spinner – The New York Times nytimes.com/2017/07/18/wor…