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Media: Scripps Honors This American Life's "Harper High" Series

"This American Life receives $10,000 and the Jack R. Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Coverage for Harper High School," notes "The series by Ben Calhoun, Ira Glass, Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Robyn Semien and Julie Snyder documented daily life in one of America’s most dangerous schools. Show More Summary

AM News: Common Core Field Testing Looms

As Common Core Tests Approach, So Does A Sea Change In Schools NPR: A new experiment in education begins Tuesday. Early assessments based on the Common Core State Standards will be rolled out and tested in the coming months. Some 3 million students will participate. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Brookings Debunks "Too Much Homework" Fad

"The average American student does not face an extraordinary homework burden, the assignment load has not increased meaningfully over the past 20 years, and parents are generally satisfied with the amount and quality of schoolwork assigned to their children," says Brookings. Show More Summary

Baltimore: A New School Where "The Wire" Was Filmed

There's an amazing-looking new $43M school that's been built and opened in a blighted neighborhood in Baltimore, part of a massive urban renewal project funded in part by Johns Hopkins University and the Casey Foundation (and in partnership with Morgan State), according to the NYT (Reading, Writing and Renewal). Show More Summary

Quotes: "An Institutional Haze Unrelated To The Public Good"

Too many charters operate in the spirit of public good, and too many traditional public schools operate in an institutional haze unrelated to the public good. -- Commenter Thom Markham in Sam Chaltain post (In New York, A Tale of Two Cities)

Bruno: Why Should A Test "Level The Playing Field," Anyway?

When the College Board announced that it would be making changes to the SAT, it justified many of those changes in terms of "levelling the playing field" for historically lower-scoring populations of students. But why would that be a...Show More Summary

Maps: States' Progress Implementing Common Core In Class

Red, lime green, and dark green are all states that are already implementing the new standards, according to Robert Rothamn in Education Next (The Common Core Takes Hold).

Quotes: Despite Victories, Reform Critics Still Lack Viable Agenda

They haven’t yet made the case for a different view of the needed changes in American public education... They need a message that goes beyond critiquing reformers and defending the miserable status quo. - New America's Conor Williams in The Daily Beast (The Charter School Trap)

Testing: Jimmy Fallon's One-Question SAT Test

"The College Board says it's revamping the SAT to focus more on what students will need in college. In fact, the SAT is now just one question: "How much money do your parents have?" via Robert Pondiscio and others on Facebook.

AM News: Homework Burden Not As Heavy As You Think, Says Report

Students Probably Do Less Homework Than You Think, Study Says HufPost: Homework loads have actually been stable over the last 30 years, despite front-page reports of overworked kids and a century-old "war on homework," according to the report, one of three released Tuesday by Brookings' Brown Center on Education Policy. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Watch Obama Avoid Saying "Common Core" 10 Times

It's not quite a SuperCut, but HuffPost's Rebecca Klein has assembled a bunch of Obama speeches in which he talks about high standards but avoids saying "Common Core."

Weekend Reading: Best Education Articles You Probably Missed

The ‘Kansas Revolution’ And School Funding Equity | @onpointradio Tom Ashbrook [277 comments so far] How to Teach the Standards Without Becoming Standardized | MindShift @mindshiftKQED The SAT Prep Industry Isn't Going Anywhere - James S. Show More Summary

Media: Three Edu-Mysteries The Clinton Papers Might Answer

Last week a big batch of "formerly withheld" papers from the Clinton administration were published online, and political types are poring through them for answers to various mysteries from nearly 20 years ago (and to help make predictions for 2016). Show More Summary

Bruno: The Mistaken Logic of "Other Peoples' Children"

It has become popular among critics to argue that many education reformers are pushing for changes they would never subject their own children to because they do not really care whether "other peoples' children" receive quality educational opportunities. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Duncan Talks Common Core At White House

On Friday, they let Duncan talk to the White House press corps and he ended up answering questions about the Common Core. via The Blaze. #someonepleasgifthis

AM News: LA Charters Soar, Indiana Bowing Out

Study: Los Angeles charter schools outperform traditional district schools KPCC: According to the study, charter school students receive the equivalent of about 50 more days of learning in reading and 79 days of math than students in traditional public schools. Show More Summary

Quotes: The Key Is To Go On Strike For Kids, Not Teachers

When you’re going on strike, and instead of not making widgets anymore you’re leaving kids without an education, the only way for that not to be seen as a public temper tantrum is to make those kinds of actions not just about yourself, but about the kids, about the broader community. - Chicago author Micah Uetricht interviewed in The Awl (How Can Unions Win?)

Events: Watch Out New Jersey -- Here I Come!

I'll be at the Teach For America-New Jersey 20th Anniversary Summit a week from Saturday, appearing on a panel with other folks including Camika Royal and moderated by Derrell Bradford. It's going to be a good one, but there are several others -- on entrepreneurship, organizing, minority educators -- that seem interesting. Show More Summary

Thompson: Two Cheers NY Daily News' Account of Charter Wars

Two cheers for Parents and Children Get Caught Between Charter School Feud with Teachers Union and Pro-Charter Forces by the New York Daily News’ Ben Chapman and Greg Smith. Newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks to cut back on charter...Show More Summary

Morning Video: have Charters Hurt Schools (Or Were They Hurting Already?)

Segment from Democracy Now! includes de Blasio railing against pro-charter ads and features guests Steve Barr (Future Is Now) and Brian Jones (former UFT social justice caucus) talking about whether charters are to blame for hurtingShow More Summary

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