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Quotes: Your Individual Racism Isn't Really The Problem

In his estimation, racism is neither an individual act of hatred nor some natural outside force; racism is a series of systems operating exactly as they were planned. - In the New Yorker (Ta-Nehisi Coates and a Generation Waking Up)

Morning Video: Charlie Rose Interviews Ta-Nehesi Coates

Here's the full interview from earlier this week, in which Coates talks about growing up and going to school in West Baltimore, and eventually getting to Howard University. I haven't seen or read him talk about in-school experiences (or teachers) who helped or hindered him along the way, but maybe it's out there. Show More Summary

Numbers: Uptick In Violent Deaths & Threatened Teacher Reports At School

"According to new federal crime statistics, there were 32 violent deaths at elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. from July 2010 to June 2011 – the smallest number in almost two decades," notes SI&A Cabinet report (Crime stats show troubling trend at nation’s schools). Show More Summary

AM News: What Next For NCLB Rewrite?

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly For Bipartisan No Child Left Behind Rewrite HuffPost: However, the bill’s next steps are unclear, since even its supporters concede President Barack Obama is unlikely to sign it in its current form. See also NYT, HuffPost. Show More Summary

Thompson: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Chicago Grad Rate Improvements

The Atlantic's Kate Grossman, in What Schools Will Do to Keep Students on Track, asks the right questions, draws on some of the world's best social science research, reports on all sides of the key questions, and gives insights into whether Chicago's increase in graduation rates will be sustainable. Show More Summary

Movies: New Montclair Documentary Avoids Simplistic Hero/Villain Approach

If and when you get the chance, be sure to check out a new documentary, "The One That Got Away," which explores the challenges facing low-income families, schools that serve them, and social services systems -- in a more balanced and thoughtful way than many other films of this kind. Show More Summary

AM News: Senate Nears Finish To NCLB Rewrite

Senate Votes to End Debate on ESEA Rewrite; Final Vote Expected Thursday PK12: Senators also rejected a high-profile amendment from Democrats to beef up accountability measures in the underlying bill overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Show More Summary

Safety: At Least 28 Students Seriously Injured By School Police Since 2010

"Over the past five years at least 28 students have been seriously injured, and in one case shot to death, by so-called school resource officers—sworn, uniformed police assigned to provide security on K-12 campuses," reports Mother Jones' Jaeah Lee (Chokeholds, Brain Injuries, Beatings: When School Cops Go Bad)

Quotes: Endorsements (& Campaign Speeches) May Not Matter

In 2008, Clinton and Barack Obama both kept their positions on education reform as vague as possible throughout, to the point where neither the reformers or their opponents had any idea which camp would prevail until Obama named his Education Secretary. - NY Mag's Jonathan Chait (Will Hillary Clinton Continue Education Reform?)

Morning Video: AT AFT Conference, Goldstein Compares Reform Efforts To "Moral Panic"

Not everyone will go so far as writer Dana Goldstein does here, comparing the current school reform era to a "moral panic," in a talk given at the AFT's TEACH15, but it's still a useful and interesting talk from earlier this week. You can also watch segments featuring Jose Vilson, Wes Moore, David Kirp, and WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza.

AM News: Pushback Against Early AFT Clinton Endorsement

CAMPAIGN 2016 The American Federation of Teachers Endorsed Hillary Clinton—and Not Everyone’s Happy About It Slate: The timing of the endorsement has attracted as much attention as its content. The obvious answer is that the Clinton camp choreographed the AFT endorsement as a safeguard against the unexpected threat posed by Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

Quotes: AFT Head Pledges To Reconnect With Members

Ultimately, what we've learned is you have to have a real, ongoing re-commitment with your members... You have to walk the walk. You have to engage with them... The change here is to have an enduring relationship. - AFT head Randi Weingarten in HuffPost (Teachers' Union Girds For Supreme Court Setback, Pledges To Grow Membership)

Books: Ta-Nehesi Coates' New Book On Race (& Schooling) In America

There's a new book about race in America out today that's getting a lot of deserved attention. It's already at #3 on Amazon. No, it's not the Harper Lee book in which Atticus Finch is a racist. It's Ta-Nehesi Coates' Between The World And Me. Show More Summary

AM News: Wisconsin Governor Walker Joins Presidential Race

Gov. Walker Enters Presidential Race Claiming He 'Improved Education' in Wisc. EdWeek: As far as education is concerned, Walker is perhaps most prominent for his successful push to strip collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public employees in 2011. Show More Summary

Thompson: Will President Obama's Trip to the Choctaw Nation (& a Federal Prison) Help Move the Administration Toward Comprehensive Solutions?

The President who I still love will visit the Choctaw Nation this week and look into the Promise Zone initiative he launched last year. My first hope for the trip was that President Barack Obama would swing over to the far corner of “Little Dixie,” and visit Frogville. Show More Summary

Charts: Expressions Of Concern Over Education Diminishing (Somewhat) Among Mayors

Education ranks #5 in terms of importance to big-city mayors, according to this new analysis passed along from the Washington Post -- down from #4 last year. However, big-city mayors were "much more likely to discuss demographics, economic development, housing and education" than mid-sized mayors or small-city mayors.

ICYMI: One New Orleans Kid Tries To Graduate

ICYMI: Danielle Dreilinger's five-part series on education in New Orleans for the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Part 1: A New Orleans senior struggles to graduate Part 2: Expelled from Sci Academy, Sean starts over Part 3: Stuck at ‘horrible’...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Do Politicians (& The General Public) Care About Education?

Here's an eight-minute version of an Aspen Institute event hosted by The 74's Campbell Brown in which three journalists (Capehart, Dickerson, and Bruni) talk about whether the public (and political journalists?) care about education, and in what context? Take a look. I've asked for the full video and will let you know what response I get.

Am News: Senate Returns To #ESEA, AFT Endorses Clinton On Eve Of Economic Speech

Senate ESEA Debate: What to Expect This Week PK12: Pressure rises, with nearly 150 amendments filed so far on the bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, though it's unclear how many will make it to the floor. GOP...Show More Summary

Thompson: What Explains the Remaining Support For NCLB Testing?

The Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton, in Even As Congress Moves to Strip His Power, Arne Duncan Holds His Ground, begins her portrait of the last days of Arne Duncan with an anecdote documenting the sincerity with which he approached his job as US Secretary of Education. Show More Summary

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