Kent announces new superintendent: The Kent School Board voted Wednesday to appoint Calvin Watts as the new leader of the Kent School District. Watts formerly was an assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Ga., and once worked as a middle-school teacher in Seattle. He replaces Edward Lee Vargas, who left the district last fall to serve as vice president for a national nonprofit.
Former Oklahoma student apologizes for racist chant (The New York Times): Levi Pettit issued a public apology this week after meeting with African-American leaders. Pettit and a fellow Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member from University of Oklahoma were expelled by the university after a video surfaced of them leading a racist chant on a bus to a private event.
Tennessee districts sue state over lack of funding (Chalkbeat Tennessee): Seven districts in Tennessee have sued the state over what they say is a $532 million deficit in funding for teacher salaries and $134 million in classroom costs.