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Georgia Sends Kids With Disabilities and Behavior Problems to Special Schools. That’s Segregation.

After a psychiatric evaluation and years of reported issues, Clarence, the lovable problem child in Tracy Kidder’s Among Schoolchildren, gets shipped off to finish fifth grade in the mysterious and ominously named “alpha class.” TheShow More Summary

Silicon Valley Has Great Public Schools—and Teachers Can Barely Afford to Work in Them

In the second season of Silicon Valley, Richard, the ever-afflicted CEO of the struggling startup Pied Piper, explodes at his meddlesome neighbor for harassing him about illegally conducting business out of a private residence: You’re always going on and on about how this is such a good neighborhood. Show More Summary

Harlem Principal Killed Herself After Admitting to Cheating on Exams  

On April 17 Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, the 49-year-old principal of the Teachers College Community School in West Harlem, New York, jumped in front of a subway train. That same day, an unknown whistleblower had reported her for cheating on the state exams her third-grade students had just completed. Show More Summary

Why a Fight in Massachusetts Over Kindergarten Funding Is Getting Ugly

Ah, Martha Coakley, whose legacy of loserdom lingers on. Four years after she gratuitously surrendered Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat to Scott Brown (and, in the process, almost tanked the Affordable Care Act), Democrats—brilliant strategists that they are—decided to hand Coakley the Massachusetts gubernatorial nomination to blow as well. Show More Summary

An Iowa School District Is Putting Body Cameras on Principals. Its Reasons Are Completely Wrong.

In communities across the United States, the debate over whether to require police officers to wear body cameras has become familiar over the past year. Such a policy is coming to a town in southeastern Iowa, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the cops there. Show More Summary

New York Just Issued Guidelines to Protect Transgender Students

On Tuesday the New York State Education Department released a document instructing teachers and school employees on how to treat transgender and gender-nonconforming students. The move comes three weeks after Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a...Show More Summary

The U.S. Is Letting Poor Kids Fall Further and Further Behind in Reading

New data on child wellbeing released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation make for depressing reading on many levels, not least because the findings are so deeply unsurprising. The basic gist is that, despite the economic recovery, more kids are living in poverty (defined by the U.S. Show More Summary

Why New York City Is Experimenting With New Ways to Desegregate Public Schools

Yani Lopez, of Harlem, wanted her daughter Kiami to go to a good kindergarten—one with art classes, foreign languages, and a diverse student body. Instead, Kiami was assigned last year to a neighborhood school with limited resources, no art classes, and a student body that was almost exclusively black and Hispanic. Show More Summary

Background Check Provision Gets Chucked From No Child Left Behind Rewrite

In the final days of debates over the Senate’s bill to replace No Child Left Behind, which passed with unusual bipartisan support yesterday, various amendments got offered up and obliterated at lightning speed. Among the more unfortunate casualties was Sen. Show More Summary

No Child Left Behind Gave Us One Indisputably Good Thing—and Congress Just Tried to Gut It

Should annual standardized testing be required—or as required as No Child Left Behind made it—or should parents be allowed to keep their kids at home on testing days? As both houses of Congress attempt to rewrite the controversial bill...Show More Summary

The American Federation of Teachers Endorsed Hillary Clinton—and Not Everyone’s Happy About It

Hillary Clinton is nervous—and the second-largest teachers’ union in the country wants to help. On Saturday, two days before Clinton’s big economic policy speech, the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers announced the first big union endorsement in the 2016 cycle when it came out for the Democratic front-runner. Show More Summary

Why Are Some Teachers Being Evaluated Using the Test Scores of Kids They Didn’t Teach?

By almost all accounts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, music instructor Nick Prior is an all-star teacher. He runs six choirs, which serve nearly 200 students at the city’s Eisenhower Middle School. His choirs have won state competitions three times, and in multiple categories. Show More Summary

The Beverly Hills, 90210 Guide to Title I Portability 

This week marks the closest Congress has come to replacing the widely reviled No Child Left Behind Act since it officially expired in 2007. Democrats and Republicans are squabbling over the usual issues: high-stakes testing and whether...Show More Summary

Why an Upcoming Supreme Court Case Has Teachers' Unions Feeling Very, Very Nervous

Late last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could deliver a fatal blow to the financial health of already-imperiled public-employee unions. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Rebecca Friedrichs, a public...Show More Summary

Texas Is Debuting Textbooks That Downplay Jim Crow and Frame Slavery as a Side Issue in the Civil War

I grew up in Texas; I love the state deeply. But I am not raising my children there, in part because I want them to get a solid public education undistorted by the partisan fictions that are inundating Texas’ textbooks. The embarrassments...Show More Summary

What Happened After New Orleans Fired All of Its Teachers—and Why It Still Matters to Diversity in the Classroom

About seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated large swaths of New Orleans and decimated scores of the city’s schools, the Orleans Parish School Board fired all 4,600 of the city’s public school teachers, most of them black. The...Show More Summary

Why Is This Marketplace for Teachers to Sell Their Lesson Plans Thriving?

Seven years ago, when Erica Bohrer, a first-grade teacher from Long Island, New York, started selling her lesson plans on the website Teachers Pay Teachers, she just wanted to make a few extra bucks here and there. Item on the site, a kind of Etsy for educators, go for an average of $3.50. Good decision. Show More Summary

Ask a Teacher: Would You Friend Your Students on Facebook?

Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Should teachers accept Facebook friend requests from their students? Should they interact with them on Twitter? That's the big topic in the latest Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Teacher Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Show More Summary

Ask a Teacher: Do You Teach to the Test?

Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab Are standardized tests harming the integrity of teaching? That's the big issue in the latest episode of Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Teacher Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Show More Summary

Ask a Teacher: What Do You Do When You Genuinely Dislike a Student?

Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab “What do you do with a student in your class who you genuinely dislike?” That's the big question in the latest installment of Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Teacher Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Show More Summary

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