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Brexit: Fears About Immigrant Students Part Of British Exit Vote

School over-crowding was an issue in the #Brexit vote? — alexandr (@alexanderrusso) June 24, 2016 One of the cluster of concerns about immigrants that came up during the lead up to the Brexit vote was school overcrowding. Sounds familiar, right?

Comtemplating Murder

Contemplating Murder Jim Horn Think about this. Your mother is sick and getting sicker. You and your family get her to a great doctor, then another, then a third, who is the best in the world. They all tell you that your mom has been...Show More Summary

Charts: Seattle High School Illustrates Integration/Inequality Problem

‘Microcosm of the city’: Garfield High principal navigates racial divide | The Seattle Times — alexandr (@alexanderrusso) July 1, 2016 Seattle's Garfield High School is integrated in...Show More Summary

AM News: What's Next For DC Schools? Plus Seattle, NYC, Indianapolis, Chicago

With Kaya Henderson leaving, Bowser has a decision to make - The Washington Post The end of busing in Indianapolis: 35 years later, a more segregated system calls it quits Garfield High principal navigates...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Choosing A School When Race Is An Issue

Here's the video from last night's WNYC #raceinschools conversation including Lucinda Rosenfeld, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Rebecca Carol.

People: Actor/Activist Jesse Williams, Son Of Teachers & Former Teacher

#JesseWilliams speech. Make sure you watch it! — Tswana Montana (@Tswana_Guy3) June 29, 2016 Sunday night's stirring BET speech put Jesse Williams' activism on the front burner, but this obviously wasn't the start of anything for him. Show More Summary

Shadowy Organization Releases Report on Shadowy Organizations

Tuesday was a big day for hedge fund vs. teacher union stories. Not only did we see a major piece in the Wall Street Journal, but the Los Angeles Times used three reporters to rewrite teacher union campaign talking points under the headline “Activists reveal more dark-money donors to campaigns against unions and schools-funding tax.” […]

Quotes: DC's Henderson Credits Mayoral Control Over Schools

I don’t think we could have done this if I had to answer to a school board. My superintendent colleagues spend the vast majority of their time trying to convince people to allow them to do what is good and right for kids. That’s never how I spend my time. Show More Summary

More Screen Time = More Radiation for Kids

The Silicon Valley elites, the paternalistic politicians, and the corporate education parasites comprise an axis of influence that threatens the public space, educational integrity, and the health of children. ESSA's funding for competency-based...Show More Summary

Council of Elders

I’m on the plane back from ISTE 2016, after four days of more powerful conversations that I had a right to expect. This was my tenth ISTE. There is something incredible about going back, year after year, to a community … Continue reading ?

AM News: DC's Henderson Stepping Down, EdSec King Spars With Congress

Chancellor Kaya Henderson Says She's Leaving D.C. Public Schools | WAMU 88.5 DC schools chief Kaya Henderson to step down: AP D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to step down, leaving legacy...Show More Summary

A lousy way to evaluate teachers

Sent to the Chicago Sun Times, June 29, 2016The Chicago Public Schools have decided that student scores on the PARCC test will be used as part of teacher evaluation ("PARCC will count in CPS teacher and school ratings," June 29).Everything is wrong with this plan. Show More Summary

On the Charter Feeding Frenzy in Detroit

A clip from NYTimes:....Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education...Show More Summary

Quotes: Charters For Everyone!

There was a period of time where it was as if almost anyone who wanted to open a charter school could get a grant of $100,000 from the Waltons. It ran like that for a number of years, until eventually they looked at the results and decided this wasn’t working. NACSA's Greg Richmond in The American Prospect (Education Reformers Reflect at 25)

White People: Wake Up, For Sure -- But Think Twice Before Calling Yourself "Woke"

There's a small but growing group of white education folks out there who are identifying themselves as "woke," by which they mean they are aware of structural inequalities and racism (and presumably working against these things). But I'm not sure that employing the term is a good thing for white folks to do, much as they might be tempted. Show More Summary

Books: Forthcoming Novel Highlights White Parents & Diverse Schools

Lucinda Rosenfeld's new novel, Class, is scheduled to come out in a few months, but we're already starting to hear about it this summer. According to the Amazon blurb, the book focuses on "idealistic forty-something Karen Kipple" who sends her kid to an integrated Brooklyn school. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Helping Poor Kids Get Through College

"For Georgia State’s Tyler Mulvenna, a $900 grant from an innovative retention program let him live on campus, work less and do what he came to do: study." PBS NewsHour: Unique college program helps poor students make the grade. Or, watch this segment about a Detroit high school boys' choral group.

AM News: Teachers Unions, Hedge Funds, Trump Towers, Aleppo

Teachers Union, Hedge Funds War Over Pension Billions - Supreme Court denies rehearing of 4-4 Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit on union dues | EdSource Trump Towers Over Education: How His Candidacy Is...Show More Summary

Randi Weingarten Has Some Advice for Charter School Teachers

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a lengthy piece on the efforts of AFT president Randi Weingarten to persuade union pension fund managers to divest from hedge funds run by those who support charter schools. I’m not sure she’s having much success, but I was struck by this Weingarten quote in the story: “Why would you […]

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