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A former teacher, researcher, and Senate education aide, Alexander Russo is now a freelance education writer. You can reach him at thisweekineducation@gmail.com or on Twitter at @alexanderrusso.
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Quick! Get over there! The daily education news roundup and education commentaries that you're probably looking for are now being published over at The Grade, my two year-old education news and media project. You can find and bookmark the website here: The Twitter name to follow is @thegrade_ [yes, with an underscore] The Facebook page you can "like" and follow is here. There's also a free weekly newsletter called "Best of the Week" you can sign up for here. Thanks to everyone who's read/followed/rebutted This Week In Education all these years! /Alexander Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at This Week In Education
Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here's why. chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/… Mayoral Control Renewed for 2 Years: Legislature Hands Victory to De Blasio In Special Session the74million.org/article/mayora… See also WNYC Californians, you have until Friday to comment on this key education plan fw.to/CVGOXeE Newly-elected L.A. Unified board member Nick Melvoin hires a charter school advocate as his chief of staff fw.to/Mi0I4Yg Cost of College: New Evidence Shows DeVos Is Discarding College Policies That Are Effective nytimes.com/2017/06/30/ups… To reach hungry children in the summer, these school cafeterias moved outside washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Every Senior At This Struggling High School Was Accepted To College npr.org/sections/ed/20… Maryland board approves new 5-star rating system for public schools washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Capital Prep Met State Integration Rule By Picking White Students Outside Lottery - Courant khttp://nzzl.us/DMjxH7d Is school too shallow? csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0… via @csmonitor Dozens of Arizona Teachers Lack Bachelor's Degrees blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teache Charter school axes 11 teachers without notice amid union talks - NY Daily News nzzl.us/gjIZQgy How much do parents spend on education? - Jun. 29, 2017 ow.ly/XEwY30db8uF A new study shows even 5-year-olds can’t escape racism vox.com/identities/201… Chicago kids outperform kids in rest of state but progress uneven -- poor black kids scores... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at This Week In Education
The School Voucher Research Wars | Education News | US News usnews.com/news/education… National arts scores are in, and the western U.S. lags behind edsource.org/2017/national-… Trump Ed. Dept. Gives States, Districts Extra Time on ESSA Financial Transparency Requirement blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig No 'F' Graded Schools In Miami-Dade County - miami.cbslocal.com/2017/06/28/his… Potential Deal in Albany on Mayoral Control of Schools nytimes.com/2017/06/28/nyr… CTU President Lewis criticizes district's 'usurious' borrowing deal ... - Chicago Tribune news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&… Inside the NAACP’s fight to stop Betsy DeVos from expanding charter schools huffingtonpost.com/entry/naacp-ch… via @HuffPostPol In labor dispute with teachers, school district goes directly to parents - sacbee.com/news/local/edu… Public schools will be judged on a five-star rating system under a plan the state school board approved Tuesday. bsun.md/2s0SEiJ Reviewers: New Mexico education plan best in the nation - abqjournal.com/1024507/indepe… Professors Accused Of Sexual Harassment Are Switching Jobs And Nobody Is Disclosing Their History buzzfeed.com/tylerkingkade/… Report Finds No Challenge for City in Plan for Diverse Schools nytimes.com/2017/06/28/nyr… Fidget spinners, the latest distraction craze, explained vox.com/science-and-he… Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at This Week In Education
New Mexico education plan best in the nation abqjournal.com/1024507 #abq via @ABQJournal Tennessee’s ESSA plan gets solid marks in independent review chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/… Review: Michigan’s education plan lacks clarity detne.ws/2thwtIh via @detroitnews Connecticut’s new education plan gets mixed review ctpost.com/local/article/… via @connpost Dem Senators Slam Betsy DeVos For Civil Rights Enforcement Cuts buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/… Oregon Senators Call Out U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for Refusing to Stand Up for LGBT Students wweek.com/news/state/201… How a High School Gets Students to Graduation, Against Many Odds wnyc.org/story/how-nyc-… Seattle Public Schools responds to NAACP’s ethnic studies proposal with one of its own seattletimes.com/education-lab/… GOP health-care bill could strip public schools of billions for special education washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… Supreme Court rules for churches in two more public funding cases usat.ly/2tVkmi1 via @USATODAY New York’s Top Court Narrows Suit Seeking More Money for Schools nytimes.com/2017/06/27/nyr… Child Care Centers Often Don't Hire The Most Qualified Teachers, Study Shows npr.org/2017/06/28/534… Study: Black girls viewed as ‘less innocent’ than white girls washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… Impasse declared in Denver teacher contract negotiations, prompting criticism from union chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… Pressure Mounts on School District to Prove It Didn't Cheat on Graduation Rates blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Distric… Voucher students caught up with public-school peers after 3 years, study finds nola.com/education/inde… What... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at This Week In Education
ESSA Education Plans Lack Clarity on Disadvantaged Students, Worst Schools | Education News | US News usnews.com/news/education… Review of ESSA Plans Rates States Strong on Accountability, Weak on Counting All Kids the74million.org/article/exclus… Smarter Balanced comes up short on interim exams cabinetreport.com/curriculum-ins… How important will education policy be in Florida's 2018 election cycle? tampabay.com/blogs/gradeboo… via @TB_Times VOUCHERS New studies find school voucher recipients in IN and LA first lose academic ground, later catch up to peers washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Supreme Court Playground Ruling Feeds School Voucher Debate | Political News | US News usnews.com/news/politics/ Today in school vouchers: One Supreme Court case and two new studies you should know about chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS… MISC Black and Latino parents cite funding disparities and racism as top contributors to educational inequity educationdive.com/news/9-out-of-… Why Some Of D.C.'s Leading Men Of Color Are Heading Back To Preschool | WAMU wamu.org/story/17/06/26… 'POV' Looks at a Student Who Escapes Syria's Strife for Los Angeles blogs.edweek.org/edweek/educati How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms nytimes.com/2017/06/27/tec… [ See also Silicon Valley Billionaires Want to Replace Teachers with Technology http://ow.ly/4tr730cVwvh at Alternet] Every Senior Applied To College At This Washington, D.C., High School npr.org/2017/06/26/534… Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at This Week In Education
Jane Sanders Lawyers Up politi.co/2sw5GHt via Politico Cuomo: NY lawmakers should return to cut deal on NYC schools chron.com/news/article/D… via @HoustonChron Does It Matter Who Runs New York City’s Schools? nytimes.com/2017/06/23/nyr… NYC charter school power could grow if mayoral control expires nydn.us/2rPmBSQ Schools Let Students Take Laptops Home In Hopes Of Curbing 'Summer Slide' npr.org/sections/allte… Poll: President Trump Voters Oppose His Education Agenda | Education News | US News ow.ly/Cijc30cToYq Inside Connecticut's Education-Funding Turmoil theatlantic.com/education/arch… School Vouchers Get A New Report Card npr.org/sections/ed/20… These Teachers Are Learning Gun Skills To Protect Students, They Say npr.org/sections/ed/20… Teachers Union Merger Could Give Educators a Leg Up in Negotiations chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/06/23/tea… Nearly 850 employees in Md. school system on leave this year as child abuse investigations soar washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… White, wealthy communities are forming their own school districts feedproxy.google.com/~r/NewshourHea… Do charters or traditional schools have it worse? A new study says both latimes.com/local/educatio… Elusive goal? State wants 90% of students proficient in reading, math by 2032 fw.to/Sxk9MmQ A Battle Over Prayer in Schools Tests Canada’s Multiculturalism nytimes.com/2017/06/25/wor… Millburn Parents Angry, Dismayed at Blackface Incident in Elementary School villagegreennj.com/schools-kids/m… via @race/related Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at This Week In Education
Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher ow.ly/6jzC30cPUUO Charter sector secures win in Albany, clearing a path for deal on mayoral control - POLITICO nzzl.us/0C8s1eG via @nuzzel In ethnically-diverse schools, students report less loneliness & bullying : study scpr.org/news/2017/06/2… Louisiana Is First State To Ban Public Colleges From Asking About Criminal History npr.org/sections/ed/20… Hearing set on fate of board member who insulted Obamas wsj.com/articles/AP214… via @WSJ Illinois Experiments With High Schools Of The Future wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… ESSA Plans Under Official and Unofficial Review realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/… New study reveals cities where low-income students are doing best hechingerreport.org/new-study-reve… How It All Turned Out: A Kindergarten Story, 13 Years Later npr.org/sections/ed/20… Boys wear skirts to protest school's anti-shorts policy amid heat wave huffingtonpost.com/entry/boys-wea Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at This Week In Education
THE FEDS CA, like others, waiting for more from feds on ESSA plans cabinetreport.com/politics-educa… Ed. Dept. Budget Plan Hammered by Both Sides in Congress edweek.org/ew/articles/20… via @educationweek Ex-lobbyists swarm Trump administration, despite 'drain the swamp' pledge usat.ly/2tub8Jx via @USATODAY POVERTY & FUNDING Norway and Sweden spent nearly 2% of their GDP on early education. America? 0.3% blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_y… From @casamuels via Where Poor Students Are Top of the Class | Education News | US News usnews.com/news/education… MAYORAL CONTROL What if Mayor’s School Control Lapses? A 2009 Episode Offers Clues - The New York Times ow.ly/nFjV30cNSPl State lawmakers end session without passing mayoral control. Where does that leave us? nzzl.us/DE69M6k DISTRICT SECESSION New report blasts CO for allowing districts to net more school funding by breaking away from larger districts chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… 'School secession is cementing segregation and exacerbating inequities in public education.' ckbe.at/2tNQraM Fairfax schools brace for bigger class sizes, new student fees amid budget woes washingtonpost.com/local/educatio New discipline policy means more flexibility for schools cabinetreport.com/curriculum-ins Charter school denies homeless kids entry due to uniforms: report nola.com/education/inde… Fariña wants to help NYC teachers get better at teaching. But some of her own reforms are getting in the way chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… KICKERS School's Out,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at This Week In Education
MAYORAL CONTROL Duncan Implores Albany to Find Compromise on Mayoral Control of NYC Schools | Observer ow.ly/bvSn30cM0O1 Obama's education secretary throws de Blasio a charter school curveball nyp.st/2sRMNjK via @nypmetro DEVOS Finalist For Hamilton County School Superintendent Winds Up On Staff Of Betsy Devos chattanoogan.com/2017/6/20/3501 Betsy DeVos Picked A Student Loan CEO To Run The Student Loan System buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl… via @mollyhc Federal pick to lead higher ed policy drops out of consideration ihenow.com/2rC2gAk DeVos breaks ranks with GOP, wants changes in ESSA plan cabinetreport.com/politics-educa… NEXT STEPS FOR LAUSD LA Unified's voting on a budget. Here are 5 reasons why you should care scpr.org/news/2017/06/2… L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs latimes.com/local/educatio… CHICAGO Chicago Public Schools borrows $275M to fulfill pension duty abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c… Chicago Mayor: K-12 Education Model Outdated: diverseeducation.com/article/98012/ via @DiverseIssues Blue State Students Take A Red State Field Trip wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… MISC Baltimore teachers launch door-to-door campaign to stem tide of enrollment decline fw.to/anvBTNV Denver school board picks district-run programs to take over low-performing schools chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schools edsource.org/2017/oakland-c… Federal teacher union leader rebukes politicians, asks educators to get involved elpasotimes.com/story/news/edu… via @elpasotimes Jimmy Kimmel lets teen finish his faculty-censored grad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at This Week In Education
ALL EYES ON NYC When the School Building Itself Is a Barrier to Equal Education wnyc.org/story/when-sch… From power to paperwork: New York City principals adjust to a reined-in role under Carmen Fariña chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… Two Days Left, and Still No Vote on Who Will Control NYC Schools wnyc.org/story/who-will… N.Y. school officials propose changes to academic standards wsj.com/articles/new-y… via @WSJ OTHER DISTRICTS Four school board members in Pr. George’s County allege fraud in graduation rates washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Dallas Schools, Long Segregated, Charge Forward on Diversity - New York Times nzzl.us/cN9wMfg Philadelphia teachers vote to approve tentative contract abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/p… Los Angeles School Board Bars Charter Schools From Being Included in New Unified Enrollment System the74million.org/article/los-an… New LA school board member says his election was not about ‘the proliferation of charters’ edsource.org/2017/new-la-sc… Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… GUN VIOLENCE Study: Shootings Kill Or Injure 19 US Children Each Day wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… Guns are now the third leading cause of death for U.S. children newsweek.com/guns-kids-thir… Two girls, 7 and 13, shot at Far South Side school end-of-year picnic chicago.suntimes.com/news/two-child… PEOPLE "DeVos has taken over as Senate Democrats’ top online bogeyman" [and lead fundraiser], reports Politico ow.ly/mf1930cIveH... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at This Week In Education
Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear - The New York Times ow.ly/dL0T30cHUaF States test worksite charter schools for company kids abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/s… D.C. schools leader prepares to release systemwide plan for improvement washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… Dallas Schools, Long Segregated, Charge Forward on Diversity, via @nytimes t.co/ddcBrn1LPm Connecticut magnet school strikes agreement with China abcnews.go.com/International/… Bill to lengthen probation for CA teachers clears first hurdle dailynews.com/government-and… Teacher shortage restricts training of new instructors cabinetreport.com/human-resource… Video as visa: Seattle school livestreams graduation for students with family overseas seattletimes.com/education-lab/… Philadelphia teachers, district reach tentative contract hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie… A School That Provides The One Constant In Homeless Children's Lives npr.org/sections/ed/20… Dr. Dre Pledges $10 Million Donation To Compton High School huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/16/dr- A teacher's decision to be 'visibly queer' in his photo with President Trump washingtonpost.com/news/education… Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at This Week In Education
DACA, LGBTQ, CIVIL RIGHTS Trump Will Allow ‘Dreamers’ to Stay in U.S., Reversing Campaign Promise - The New York Times ow.ly/cCGZ30cEbzH The Education Department Quietly Invited Anti-LGBT Groups To A Father's Day Event buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl… Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government - ProPublica nzzl.us/vBMUKTO CHARTERS As Charter Fans Fret About Trump’s Support, Leaders Warn Funding Boost Not a Done Deal the74million.org/article/as-cha… New charter study links structure and success chicago.suntimes.com/politics/new-c… Florida charter schools: Here's what will change under education overhaul fw.to/IeVTeqB SPENDING Per-Pupil Spending Rose 3.5% in 2015; Same-Year NAEP Scores Dropped the74million.org/article/new-ce… U.S. pre-K enrollment falls behind European countries :: SI&A Cabinet Report ow.ly/5jh330cDoV4 Kansas governor signs school funding bill; court review next abcnews.go.com/xmldata/story? MISC Nevada’s new education plan gets mixed review from the feds lvrj.com/post/1102548 via @reviewjournal Connecticut Bill Would Force Fee Disclosures for Teacher Retirement Plans nytimes.com/2017/06/15/you… Bezos Offers a Hint of His Philanthropic Plans - The New York Times ow.ly/rkw030cEdRP College is a leap of faith - and funds - for first-generation students | APM Reports ow.ly/2Z0V30cEccp KICKERS Graduating senior refused to read speech written by administrators, so they withheld his diploma nzzl.us/9xeNcrv 2 Escaped Boko Haram Victims Graduate From High School huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/15/bok Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at This Week In Education
DEVOS Betsy DeVos delays 2 Obama-era rules designed to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sh… Betsy DeVos Is Halting Protections For For-Profit College Students buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl… How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl… U.S. Halts New Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges nytimes.com/2017/06/14/bus… STATE & LOCAL Gov. Brown, Democrats to require school districts to give greater access to unions edsource.org/2017/gov-brown… How a youth-counseling program is helping rewrite Chicago's violent narrative, by @ulrichboser theatlantic.com/education/arch… More buses for Seattle Public Schools to support new start times kuow.org/post/more-buse… School board extends Supt. King's contract in current majority's final days latimes.com/local/educatio… How generous private donations have created a tale of two pre-Ks in Detroit chalkbeat.org/posts/detroit/ Pennsylvania senator wants failing students out of cyber charter schools fw.to/eV7n0VD With grant, Seattle schools to change start times again — for the better seattletimes.com/education-lab/… Maryland school gives away more than 2,000 books to spur summer reading washingtonpost.com/local/educatio NATIONAL Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech - EdWeek edwk.it/2sBxg6X Transgender Teachers Talk About Their Experiences At School npr.org/sections/ed/20… Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at This Week In Education
DEVOS DeVos Delivers Tough Love to Charter School Advocates | Education News | US News usnews.com/news/education… DeVos says some charter school ‘reformers’ have become ‘just another breed of bureaucrats’ edsource.org/2017/devos-say… DeVos Urges Charter Advocates to Embrace Wider View of School Choice, Warns Them Not to Become ‘The Man’ the74million.org/article/devos-… DeVos Warns Charter Schools Against Becoming 'The Man' - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/7OLN30cyQMg DeVos to charter school leaders: Your schools 'are not the one cure-all' chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… DeVos on LGBT criticism: I'll pursue discrimination 'in any form' https://usat.ly/2skFDDp via @usatoday Charter School Founded by DeVos Family Reflects National Tensions https://nyti.ms/2sngyYu LOS ANGELES LAUSD board adds two more years to Superintendent Michelle King's contract scpr.org/news/2017/06/1… L.A. Unified moves closer to a unified enrollment system - LA Times ow.ly/jJY930cA9vV In a city of charters, the LA school district runs many of them | EdSource http://ow.ly/zcZA30cAbog TIDBITS Report Identifies America’s Best Charter Schools, Where Over 100,000 Kids Are Shown to Be Months Ahead of Peers the74million.org/article/report… Washington state ranks high in effectively identifying homeless students seattletimes.com/education-lab/… Parents outraged after pro-Trump messages were edited out of this Colo. high school’s yearbooks denverpost.com/2017/06/14/don… Schools seek the boost from a monkey-bars break, by expanding recess wsj.com/articles/a-fav…... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at This Week In Education
NY is cutting Common Core testing from 6 days to 4 days on.rocne.ws/2tdn7dz via @DandC In NY, math and English tests will be cut by one day each chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… What Defines a Segregated School? Debate Over Connecticut Integration Policy Heading to Court the74million.org/article/what-d… Charter schools see opportunity with Republicans in power: lobbying group reut.rs/2teoZTl via @Reuters New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12 chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… Atlanta school plan could transform city — or leave families stranded myajc.com/news/local-edu… Supporters Rally for Ossining High School Student Detained by ICE wnyc.org/story/supporte… via @WNYC Ohio board to online charter school: Pay back disputed $60M hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie… New Mexico lawsuit puts state education system on trial abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS… What Washington can learn from Oregon on K-12 spending seattletimes.com/opinion/what-w… Trump’s Labor secretary pans Rahm Emanuel’s graduation plan chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-lab… Why America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children psmag.com/education/amer… via @PacificStand Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at This Week In Education
Charter school union votes to join CTU; Chicago union to vote in fall bit.ly/2snrSEu via @Suntimes Jessica Tang quietly makes history with Boston Teachers Union election. bos.gl/QPcK6zi New York poised to shorten grades 3-8 math and English tests by one day each chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… CPS to build new high school in Englewood, close four others bit.ly/2sKqj0R via @Suntimes Veteran School Choice Champion Is Top Pick for Key Policy Job at Ed. Dept. edwk.it/2r9PkS1 #edpolitics How States Are Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act: Inside Oklahoma & South Dakota’s Plans the74million.org/article/how-st… Can they unplug? A school principal will pay students to forgo screen time this summer. washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Little Rock officials push to regain school district control abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/r… Unionized charter teachers vote to merge with Chicago Teachers Union fw.to/uDc9KPg DeVos is Questioned About Campaign to Influence Climate Change Education pbs.org/wgbh/frontline… via @frontlinepbs An elite CA university that's a haven for Latinos - LA Times ow.ly/BpM830cvYix Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at This Week In Education
NYC INTEGRATION PLAN Digging into details of mayor’s diversity plan, critics see easy goals and iffy approaches chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… De Blasio Won’t Call New York Schools ‘Segregated’ but Defends His Diversity Plan nytimes.com/2017/06/08/nyr… Grilled by reporters, de Blasio says he wants to ‘level with the people’ about school integration chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… A Manhattan District Where School Choice Amounts to Segregation, via @nytimes. BEST OF THE REST Welcome to Chicago's Refugee High | Chicago magazine ow.ly/mRyL30cru2h CA Advocates of 3-year teacher tenure face big decision edsource.org/2017/advocates… Amid ESSA Backlash, New Mexico's Controversial Education Secretary Quits blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e How Schools, Parents And Organizations Are Trying To Close The Achievement Gap the1a.org/shows/2017-06-… Science Teachers Are Getting Packages With Misinformation About Climate Change buzzfeed.com/zahrahirji/cli… via @BuzzFeed Nick Melvoin has a lot of ideas for L.A.'s schools fw.to/AOnNaLJ Governor may stick it to Rahm by favoring Karen Lewis on the elected school board issue| Chicago Reader ow.ly/vP4230cqlJY DeVos Says More Money Won't Help Schools; Research Says Otherwise npr.org/sections/ed/20… DeVos on Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ Program: ‘We’ve Seen That Movie cnsnews.com/news/article/n… Board members want a local schools chief to apologize for graduation incidents washingtonpost.com/local/educatio 'It's not about politics': 5 years in, education supe takes stock nola.com/education/inde… However well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at This Week In Education
Trump Appointee In Office Overseeing Sex Ed Programs Is A Major Abstinence Advocate huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/07/val ProPublica collected 349 disclosure forms detailing Trump administration officials’ financial holdings. projects.propublica.org/graphics/trump… In Ohio, suburban school districts close themselves off from city students, study finds chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/ This 18-year-old, recent HS graduate is hoping to unseat a Denver school board incumbent bit.ly/2szxqca Education Budget Hearing Highlights Gulf Between GOP and Trump | Education News | US News usnews.com/news/education… Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Team Up to Support #PersonalizedLearning blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Digital… Charter school segregation lawsuit goes to U.S. appeals court nola.com/education/inde… Texas Teacher Who Gave Student ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’ Award Is Out of a Job nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/… Fired New Orleans principal says he is not a white supremacist nola.com/education/inde… Michelle Obama reminds tech industry -- again -- girls can code cnet.co/2s1S0oS via @CNET Two honor roll students fatally shot in Maryland on eve of high school graduation wapo.st/2r18cl5?tid=ss… Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at This Week In Education
DEVOS APPEARANCE DeVos questioned on discrimination protections in private schools wapo.st/2qYySbe Senators Hammer at DeVos on Planned Budget Cuts, Proposed Vouchers blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig… DeVos non-committal on private school LGBT discrimination abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS… DeVos Says IDEA, Other Federal Laws Apply to Private Voucher Schools, but No Pledge on LGBT @The74 bit.ly/2sdPM56 DeVos grilled on protecting LGBT students from discrimination usat.ly/2rQvb6H via @USATODAY Betsy DeVos testifies on the education budget to.pbs.org/2seDqdj DeVos: It Is Not The Education Department's Job To Protect LGBTQ Students huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/06/bet… Betsy DeVos is 'peripherally aware' that people don't like her fw.to/G1L3HLE DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… Betsy DeVos wavers on private schools' ability to discriminate against LGBTQ students twitter.com/i/moments/8721… In States' Private-School Vouchers, Few Safeguards Against Discrimination edweek.org/ew/articles/20… via @educationweek BIG CITIES Long-Awaited Plan for Integrating NYC Schools Proves Mostly Small-Bore nytimes.com/2017/06/06/nyr… ACT Scores Go Missing in Los Angeles, Leaving About 125 Students in Limbo wsj.com/articles/act-s… via @WSJ Why Boston Is Paying Ex-Gang Members $400 A Week To Go To College citylab.com/crime/2017/06/ NOT DEVOS Education Philanthropist Helps Students Excel - Wall Street Journal nzzl.us/9yNsfqt Working Mom Makes Awesome Edits To Daughter's Sexist Homework | HuffPost ow.ly/Hnf830cn040 Names & Financial Disclosures... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at This Week In Education
ALL THINGS DEVOS DeVos Returns to the Senate: 6 Education Issues She’s Sure to Face During Tuesday’s Testimony the74million.org/article/devos-… DeVos Appoints First Amendment Advocate to Key Position ihenow.com/2sbHScG Private schools face uphill battle for federal aid detne.ws/2sLQkfn via @detroitnews What was she doing at the White House yesterday? NATIONAL National Democrats making modest investment in South Carolina race to succeed Mick Mulvaney postandcourier.com/news/national-… via @postandcourier Many colleges fail to improve students’ critical-thinking skills wsj.com/articles/exclu… via @WSJ NEW HIGH COURT CHALLENGE TO LABOR UNIONS FOLLOWS 4-4 SPLIT - News from The Associated Press ow.ly/aVih30cmavm Education Disrupted: The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools nytimes.com/2017/06/06/tec… BIG CITIES Oakland is the latest big district turning to an insider to head schools edsource.org/2017/oakland-i… Gentrification is changing Denver’s schools. This initiative aims to do something about it. chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… In Ohio, suburban school districts close themselves off from city students, study finds chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… In Baltimore, the joy and relief of making it through high school alive wapo.st/2qRKdVD?tid=ss… Baltimore Teachers Union files second grievance over layoffs fw.to/mxpuV2E 'Nowhere to go but up': A Watts elementary school transforms scpr.org/news/2017/06/0… IMMIGRATION, SEGREGATION, RACISM NYC to Release Long-Awaited Plan Addressing School Segregation wnyc.org/story/new-york… An L.A. high school poet finds her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at This Week In Education
MILITARY VOUCHERS As Trump pushes school choice, Heritage wants to let 800K military kids use public dollars for private education washingtonpost.com/news/education… Proposal To Award School Choice To Military Children dailycaller.com/2017/06/02/pro… via @DailyCaller DEVOS DeVos Visits Science Fair, Refuses To Talk About Climate Science huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/02/bet DeVos Cites District of Columbia in Defending Trump's Push for School Choice blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig Indy's Al Hubbard Bows Out Of Consideration For No. 2 U.S. Education Job wfyi.org/news/articles/… Is Treasury best suited to handle student financial aid? wapo.st/2qOsKxi?tid=ss… TEACHERS Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students nytimes.com/2017/06/04/us/… More teachers turning to nonprofits for innovative science lessons edsource.org/2017/more-teac… IMMIGRATION, RACE, & DIVERSITY After their mother was deported to Mexico, the Marin siblings faced an impossible choice: Stay or go. blgwd.us/2rKCFZC Can a Pre-K Boom in D.C. Help to End School Segregation? ow.ly/ndHr30cjh84 A new mega-study on community schools and an award for NYC chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… Michael Brown's Mom And Sister Graduate From High School On The Same Day huffingtonpost.com/2017/06/02/mic KICKER At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard - LA Times ow.ly/7C4T30cjeaT Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at This Week In Education
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Starting in July, the daily news roundup that has long appeared here will be posted exclusively at The Grade and via @thegrade_ on Twitter. Want to keep seeing the best education news each morning? Of course you do. Good thing it's easy to do: You can bookmark the new site, follow The Grade on Twitter, or "like" the Facebook page. Sorry, no Snapchat. There's also a weekly email newsletter that you can sign up for, featuring the week's best education news coverage and other trends and events. People seem to really like it. Thanks so much to Scholastic for sponsoring this site for so many years, to all the good people there who worked with me on the project, and to all of you who've read and encouraged me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at This Week In Education
Number of Calif. Educators With Temp Credentials Doubled in Four Years blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher Some Hires by Betsy DeVos Are a Stark Departure From Her Reputation nytimes.com/2017/06/02/us/… Teachers are using facial recognition to see if students are paying attention on.mash.to/2rnDQeu White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats’ oversight requests politi.co/2qHTYpM via @burgessev & @jdawsey1 For First Time In Four Years, Solo Speller Claims National Bee Crown npr.org/sections/thetw… St. Paul NAACP enters fray in teacher's court case over being targeted - StarTribune.com ow.ly/ReeT30cesPw 3 Things To Know About Illinois’ Proposed Overhaul Of School Funding wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… Black and Latino parents believe racial disparities persist in public education, poll finds laschoolreport.com/black-and-lati… Federal Judge Delays Mostly White Alabama Town's School Secession Plan blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Distric Park Slope Families Accuse DOE Of 'Red-Baiting' As Principal Probe Escalates gothamist.com/2017/06/01/par… Overlap of Prom and Ramadan Sparks Debate at Brooklyn Tech wnyc.org/story/overlap-… John Legend Forks Over $5,000 to Help Pay Lunch Bill Debts for Seattle Public School Students the74million.org/article/john-l… Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at This Week In Education
New Study Finds States Fail to Deliver on Title I Promise of Extra Funding for Low-Income Students the74million.org/article/new-st… The Quiet Wave of School District Secessions | Education News | US News http://ow.ly/IT3Q30cdVKk English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education npr.org/sections/ed/20 Elizabeth Warren launches 'DeVos Watch' to keep eye on education secretary s.masslive.com/ylKqUBY Democratic Senators Tag-Team Betsy DeVos Over Ethics Concerns blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig… Warren Launches 'DeVos Watch' in Bid to Make Education 'Corruption-Free' | Common Dreams ow.ly/SqdJ30cdTy9 Elizabeth Warren Monitoring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Online ow.ly/FivP30cdPtj #DeVosWatch Most Americans want to see more school integration as Trump destroys existing efforts huffingtonpost.com/entry/school-i… via @HuffPostPol Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don't Have To Become Principals npr.org/sections/ed/20… College Student Stages Mock Graduation On Subway As Delays Put Actual Commencement Out Of Reach: Gothamist ow.ly/mu6V30cdUTo Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at This Week In Education
Ed. Dept. Has No Plans for a 'Federal Voucher Program.' Let's Break That Down. blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig… In potential first, Chicago teachers union discussing merger with charter schools union bit.ly/2rBcjJq via @Suntimes @bylaurenfitz What happened when a city full of teachers, most of them black, was fired hechingerreport.org/happened-city-… For DeVos & her former advocacy group, the future of education means ‘personalization,’ including virtual schools chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… Tested in a barbershop, 7th-grader becomes Baltimore's first-ever national chess champion - Baltimore Sun http://nzzl.us/HCbhmrt Connecticut teachers, students protest DeVos' comments hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie… Teachers at D.C. charter school launch campaign to unionize washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at This Week In Education