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Events: What Education Reporters Are Being Told About ESSA

If you want to try and understand how education writers and editors decide to write the stories that they produce -- and how they come out the way they do -- it's good to know what they're being told. (And if you're a savvy education...Show More Summary

Quotes: The Fragility Of Integrated Schooling

People think we’re better now than we used to be. But we’re not. Those white families in Cleveland are going to flee. -- Greenville, Miss. parent and lawyer Kimberly Merchant, in Hechinger Report (The anonymous town that was the model of desegregation in the Civil Rights era)

Morning Video: Refugee Students In Modesto, California

This recent ABC News Nightline segment (A Syrian Refugee Family Begins Again in California) features Syrian girls going to school in Modesto. (Why are they showing passports to register at the school? For identity, not citizenship, I would hope. Citizenship is not a requirement to attend American schools.) Be sure to watch both parts. Read more here.

AM News: Texas SPED Showdown, Layoffs In Chicago, & More

Feds order Texas to end special ed target unless state can prove that no eligible kids have been shut out… Award-winning VA principal reassigned in wake of testing opt-out irregularities… School bonds used to be as controversial as mom and apple pie. Show More Summary

Update: Diverse Charter Coalition Now 100 Schools Strong

One of the most niche parts of the education world is the intentionally diverse charter school. These are charter schools that are intended to serve a diverse group of kids and families. Long an ad hoc group of schools scattered across...Show More Summary

Quotes: States Swing Back Towards Larger Class Sizes

Small classes do provide modest benefits to the students with respect to academic achievement, but the benefits are less strong than being assigned to a particularly effective teacher. -- Harvard's Martin West, quoted in the Wall Street Journal (Schools Learn Expensive Lesson on Class Size)

Morning Video: Former AG Eric Holder Says Fear Drove Zero-Tolerance School Policies

Here the New York Times looks back at the rise of zero-tolerance discipline policies, going back to Joe Clark, and then takes us to the current wave of restorative justice programs (featuring Furr High School in Houston). "The concept...Show More Summary

AM News: CA Governor Brown Vetoes Charter Accountability Bill

Brown vetoes bill requiring charters to comply with conflict of interest, open records laws… Refugee student experience in US schools not always easy - Daily Texan Jeb Bush talks politics,Show More Summary

Charts: Biggest Price Hikes Are Textbooks, Tuition, & Childcare (aka Preschool)

Price changes in last 20 years: —Textbooks +207% —Tuition +197% —Childcare +122% —Medical care +105% —Software -66% — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) September 8, 2016

Quotes: Who Cheers For What

It's been interesting to see who cheers for what. The teachers' unions applaud the privatization piece, but are silent on our call to get police out of schools. -- Movement For Black Lives education platform co-author Jonathan Stith, quoted in NPR story (Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers)

AM News: Chicago Strike Looms, Nevada Court Decides, Charter Groups Funds District Schools

A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears… Chaos and exodus at Chicago Public Schools - Chicago Tribune One Parent's Reaction To Possible Teachers Strike…...Show More Summary

Charts: All About Latino Students

Did you know 95% of Latino youth are citizens? More on Latino youth, aged 0-17. #KidsData — NCLR (@NCLR) September 29, 2016 The vast majority of Latino youth are US citizens. Eight out of 10 states with fastest growing Latino populations between 2000-2015 were in the South. Graduation rates are up. All this and more via NCLR's new report #kidsdata.

Quotes: Shame On Our Current Education Wars

Like many Washingtonians (from both parties) in those days, [former AFT head Al Shanker] had the capacity to fight you fiercely over issues of disagreement while also teaming up on shared causes... He and I would do battle over vouchers...Show More Summary

AM News: Brooklyn Charter Rally, Latino Outcomes By State, DC Grad Rates, & More

Hillary Clinton’s College Plan Appeals to the Left, but Educators Have Doubts… Chicago Teachers Union Sets Oct. 11 Strike Date… CTU "delegates took a voice vote so loud it could be heard...Show More Summary

Quotes: Bedbugs & Distressed Teachers In Detroit

Just imagine being at a school where you sit down, get your education, you get back up, go home, next thing you know you brought bedbugs from school to your home... Just imagine being at a school where your teachers are all sick and tired, and they’re acting like they’re not able to teach because they’re not getting paid for what they do. Show More Summary

TV: "Transparent" Producers Were Bullied In High School

Transparent is back -- horrifying and human as ever. And with it, discussion of the lives of trans people in America. “It was only when I started working at the high school that I saw she took a lot of crap,” said one parent. "As the...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Bringing Back The Arts In Boston

DC schools may teach everyone how to ride a bike, but Boston schools are aiming to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. Via the PBS NewsHour.

AM News: Implicit Bias & Preschool Teachers

Yale study suggests racial bias among preschool teachers - WashPost… Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem via @npr_ed Yes, Preschool Teachers Really Do Treat Black...Show More Summary

TV: Always Good When Shows Open With A Classroom Scene

The pilot for Issa Rae's #Insecure (fall's best new comedy) is streaming early on HBO NOW, HBO GO & HBO On Demand — Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 23, 2016 The new HBO series...Show More Summary

School Life: Desk From The Segregated South

One of the most directly school-related items at the newly-opened museum of African-American history in Washington DC: "This simple desk was used between 1925 and 1954 in one of the 5,000 so-called Rosenwald Schools, a network created by Booker T. Show More Summary

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