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AM News: More PISA Coverage, Houston Standout, Trump School Hotline, & More

Rich-Poor Achievement Gap Is Narrowing in American Education - Bloomberg ow.ly/kgyz306TLt3

Math a Concern for US Teens; Science, Reading Flat on Test abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

U.S. Students Falling Flat on Math, Science and Reading Scores usnews.com/news/politics/

Why One Houston High School Stands Out In Global Test Results – Houston Public Media  ow.ly/8j6S100sk5S

Schools improving but not enough, state report says seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

Students are anxious about Trump, so the L.A. public school district started a support hotline  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool  npr.org/2016/12/07/504…

A Michigan school official posted offensive Facebook memes. Now protesters want him gone. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

BASIS continues school expansion overseas with new campus in Prague  washingtonpost.com/news/education…

AM News: PISA Scores, New Day In DC, Banned Santa Claus, & More

World Ranking: What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries  nytimes.com/2016/12/06/ups…

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math hechingerreport.org/u-s-now-ranks-…

On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

America's Math Scores Are Getting Worse huffingtonpost.com/2016/12/05/pis…

Will D.C.’s new chancellor finally be able to close the achievement gap?washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Supply of U.S. high school graduates is stagnating, posing challenge for colleges  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Messer talking education policy with Trump team ow.ly/1Upf306RdhU

Sole bid for Chicago charter school dropped - Hartford Courant ow.ly/B3Bz306RdJr

Santa Claus Banned From Many Classrooms in Oregon ow.ly/l6Ei306Rdm0

Dallas-area schools bring breakfast to the classroom dallasnews.com/news/education…

Can teaching both 'Cat in the Hat' and Malcolm X boost test scores? - CSM nzzl.us/mtKji6n

Morning Video: His Name Is Evan [Plus 2 Bonus Videos]

Watch-the much-discussed short video above, then read background here. Or, watch ten year-olds address negative stereotypes head on here. You can also watch a fascinating discussion of school integration from last week here.

AM News: Bad Data, Immigrant Students, Student Loan Fail, & More

Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Immigrant Students Seek Place in Mainstream High Schools abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/i…

Weingarten defends Ellison from anti-Semitism accusations that have arisen during DNC race| TheHill  ow.ly/fqQo306ONxj

Failures By Obama Team Put Student Debt Forgiveness In Jeopardy - BuzzFeed News ow.ly/sM5c306OQnG

Rep. Virginia Foxx Will Lead the House Education Committee blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

STATE & LOCAL

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers: Gothamist  ow.ly/vjn5306MOav

Washington students in grades 3-8 do well on new Common Core tests seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

One way to cut down on standardized tests? Long Beach wants to swap SAT for 11th grade exams  scpr.org/news/2016/12/0…

New Haven NAACP Hearing Reveals Charter Divide - NH Indepedennt  newhavenindependent.org/index.php/arch…

Connecticut NAACP keeping education a top priority, including charter school concerns ow.ly/UiTA306OQrr

CPS Proposes Spending Nearly $1B On Construction wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Omaha’s $100 Million ‘75 North’ Experiment: Improve a School By Building More Affordable Housing Nearby  the74million.org/article/omahas…

MISC

How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies - Reuters https://t.co/9N8TY3EauM

Parents of Virginia teen who committed suicide sue school counselor - The Washington Post  ow.ly/Pwmt306Nn5z

San Francisco student, 17, identified as victim of Oakland warehouse fire sfgate.com/news/article/S…

Quotes: Students Don't Want/Believe In Your Integration Schemes

Quotes2My students in the South Bronx do not want to take a bus to Staten Island. They do not want their school to become a magnet school, because they said, 'what about everyone else?' And they don't necessarily have an interest in changing the entire composition of their neighborhood for integration to happen. They don't believe in a lot of the models of integration that they've seen replicated around the United States. 
 
-- Sarah Camiscoli, Teacher & Co-Founder of IntegrateNYC4ME at WNYC event Thursday night (How Can We Break the Pattern of Segregation in NYC Schools? at about the 1:08 mark.

Morning Video: Neighborhood School Struggling To Preserve Diversity

This video features PS 705, a Brooklyn school that's gone from 90 percent free and reduced lunch to just over 60 percent in just five years. It's applied to join a program that will let it prioritize low-income students, but will still likely lose its Title I funding soon.

AM News: Bush Summit, Transition Tremors, Seattle Layoffs, & More

SUMMIT

Education Summit Lifts Up State's Role in Education - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/FUC6306K8Au

Jeb Bush Calls for ‘Earthquake’ in Federal Education Funding and Policy Under GOP Control  the74million.org/article/jeb-bu…

TRANSITION

Meet the NC congresswoman poised to tear up Obama's education legacy - POLITICO pllqt.it/0S9l0O

How Trump and Senate Republicans Can Bypass Democrats on School-Choice Initiatives – Medium  ow.ly/F0Kv306K8Xs

Betsy Devos, Trump’s EdSec Pick, Promoted Virtual Schools Despite Dismal Results  the74million.org/article/betsy-…

MISC

Virginia Board of Education member resigns after vulgar tweets surface  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
Seattle schools project $74 million shortfall next year, could mean teacher layoffs  seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Mass. Commissioner Moves to Keep Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

Teacher shortage in Colorado is worsening, according to state report  denverpost.com/2016/12/01/col…

Microsoft anti-trust suit still buying hi-tech tools for schools, 13 years later cabinetreport.com/budget-finance…

Funding OR's Measure 98 opb.org/radio/programs…

Feds: Fatal wreck shows need for seat belts on school buses hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

The Latest: Mom grabs gun after boy fires shot in Utah classroom hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Morning Video: Sacramento Charter Wins $100K John Oliver Response Contest

"Natomas Charter School of Sacramento, Calif., has won the $100,000 prize offered by the Center for Education Reform to tell comedian John Oliver to back off the abusive rhetoric about charter schools," according to Hey, John Oliver: Here's The Winner Of The Charter School Contest. "Honorable mentions in the contest went to: Southland College Prep Charter High School, Richton Park, Ill.; Gary Comer College Prep, Chicago; Inlet Grove Community High School, Riviera Beach, Fla. STRIVE Prep-Smart Academy, Denver, Col., and •Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School, Nashville, Tenn."

AM News: CA Teacher Shortage*, DeVos Funds Confirmation Senators, & More

SHORTAGES* IN CA

California teacher shortage* worsens, especially in cities - SFGate ow.ly/iial306HY3v

Most California schools report trouble finding qualified teachers | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/bKCv306HY12
 
State’s teacher shortage* hitting ‘alarming rates’ for 2016-17, new survey says | EdSource  ow.ly/Nq0Y306HXXs
 
UNCERTIFIEDS VS. SUBS
 
Are uncertified teachers better than substitutes? Nevada going to find out - The Hechinger Report  ow.ly/Myi6306HUbO
 
California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse - LA Times  ow.ly/y5rm306HT4N
 
Las Vegas District Hires Uncertified Teachers Amid Shortage - The Atlantic ow.ly/SW5r306HTSF
 
TRANSITION
 
See Betsy DeVos' Donations to Senators Who Will Oversee Her Confirmation  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…
 
CTU President Karen Lewis Calls for Fewer Charters, More Revenue | Chicago Tonight | WTTW  ow.ly/Uwbi306HUeF
 
AFT has already endorsed Ellison for DNC chair - POLITICO ow.ly/RZM3306HTXB
 
Swastika drawn on restroom wall in Maryland high school washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
MISC
 
Former Teacher Indicted After Video Shows Girl Being Dragged By Hair  huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/30/mis…
 
NYC Council: Open Rikers Island Schools for Public Review wnyc.org/story/nyc-coun…
 
Use of Pepper Spray in Rikers Island Classrooms Sparks Concerns - WSJ ow.ly/Y0Dd306HQQm
 
Utah denies it has anti-gay school laws hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
A Woman Sees Education as a Path to a Better Life for Her Daughter - The New York Times  ow.ly/gwbq306HTUA
 

Afternoon Video: Black Community Divided Over Charter Schools

The latest PBS NewsHour segment features Memphis schools and the debate among black community leaders over charter schools. 

AM News: State Delays ESSA Plan, For-Profits Rebound, & More

Washington State to delay submission of plan for Every Student Succeeds Act seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Indiana Considers Pausing School Accountability Penalties—Again blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

After nearing collapse under Obama, for-profit colleges see Trump as chance for a rebound - AP apne.ws/2gFJGCx

National Advocacy Group Launches Charter School Legal Defense Fund - EdWeek  ow.ly/o6Gm306DkBJ

With new $1-million settlement in sex abuse case, L.A. Unified's payouts continue to climb  latimes.com/local/educatio…

The long and short of Gary Cohn, Washington’s new Superintendent of the Year seattletimes.com/education-lab/

Early learning program emphasizes teaching moments are everywhere, even in the syrup kuow.org/post/early-lea…

In New Orleans, A School That Refuses To Allow Its Students To Fail huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/29/new…

New Orleans High School Turbocharges Restorative Justice hechingerreport.org/new-orleans-hi…

 

Quotes: DeVos Appointment Could Press Educators To End Infighting

Quotes2She’s criticized charter schools, publicly funded and government-regulated schools, as well as the Common Core standards, which aim to set a bar against which all students, schools, and teachers can be measured — leading to market-style consequences for poor performance.

-- Elizabeth Green of Chalkbeat (Why Betsy DeVos could mean the end of the education wars as we know them)

Morning Video: Schott Foundation Boston Panel Reflects On Trump Win

See also this writeup from The Progressive.

AM News: TIMSS, Transition, LAUSD Grad Rate Audit

TIMSS
 
U.S. students still lag many Asian peers on international math and science exam  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
US students lag peers in East Asia, Russia in math, science - AP ow.ly/IVWC306CR7a
 
International test shows slight progress in math, science edsource.org/2016/internati…
 
This Muslim teen has her own way to protest the election - winning robotics competitions  latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
TRANSITION
 
In Pence, Trump finds school choice advocate ow.ly/gJtc306CRu7
 
Final ESSA Accountability Rules Boost State Flexibility in Key Areas  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…
 
Feds Give States More Time to Bolster Struggling Schools abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS…
 
School Vouchers Vs. School Finance Reform: A 2017 Legislative Preview | KUT Austin ow.ly/uDm7306CRvH
 
SCHOOLS & DISTRICTS
 
Federal officials audit California’s rising high school graduation rates | 89.3 KPCC  ow.ly/eqgw306AOUU
 
Research Shows Some North Carolina Charters Are Making Segregation Worse  the74million.org/article/the-ne…
 
NYC Proposal Frames School Segregation as a Human Rights Issue wnyc.org/story/nyc-city…
 
How one St. Paul elementary school is building a trauma-informed learning environment minnpost.com/education/2016…
 
Should entire Thanksgiving week be a school holiday? Some schools find it's a cost-saving move  scpr.org/news/2016/11/2…
 
Special Education Focus Of Chicago Schools Budget Hearings wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
 

Quotes: Realistic Limits On Trump & Private School Choice

Quotes2Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children. But most parents will still want their children in a school building during the day, taught by a teacher, not by a computer... The federal government is a much larger financial contributor to colleges and universities than to K-12 schools, and college students don’t need an adult looking after them all day.

Kevin Carey in the NYT (Why Trump’s Education Pick Won’t Be Able to Privatize U.S. Schools)

Morning Video: Nine-Month Online Teacher Program For $6K

 

From PBS NewsHour: "Emily Feistritzer has come a long way from her first entrepreneurial endeavor: going door to door selling glow-in-the-dark statues of the Virgin Mary. After a long career in education, she founded Teach-Now, a global company that provides online teaching degrees for $6,000 in just nine months -- a cheaper and faster alternative to what most traditional universities offer. William Brangham reports."

AM News: Almost-Secretary Falwell, Chicago Charter Crunch, Plus Teacher Adele

TRANSITION

Obama's agencies push flurry of 'midnight' actions [including education] - POLITICO  ow.ly/KRTs306A4D9

AP: Falwell Jr. says Trump offered him education secretary job ow.ly/hWRY306A4QD

Trump could open door to expanding D.C. school voucher program, advocates say  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Trump’s Election? Some Students Are Too Busy to Worry nytimes.com/2016/11/23/nyr…

School District Asks Police to Investigate Swastika Graffiti abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/s…

The push for positive school climate bumps up against Trump rhetoric edsource.org/2016/the-push-…

POLITICS
 
Pivoting toward 2018, MA Dems eye Baker challenge - News - southcoasttoday.com ow.ly/ia23306Ahdt

At least $1 million in costs to reach new Chicago teachers contract | Chicago Sun-Times  ow.ly/KNNA306A4tq

How a former nun made millions by training teachers Newshour…

KIDS & SCHOOLS

One South Bronx Teen Looks to College As Ladder Up, and Out wnyc.org/story/south-br…

Students Complained About Chattanooga Bus Driver's Actions Before Deadly Crash - BuzzFeed News pllqt.it/Vc5qpE

Adele set to work as a TEACHER she heads back to her old school after world tour - Mirror Online  ow.ly/bwWc306AatA

Charts: Trust In Schools On The Decline (Along With Other Institutions)

AM News: Two EdSec Contenders, Tolerance, Bus Crash, & More

TRANSITION

Education Secretary: Rhee vs. DeVos? What We Know About the Finalists (and 3 Other Wild Cards)  the74million.org/article/educat…

Trump’s Search For Education Secretary Narrows To Two Candidates buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl…

Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice, Student Debt and Common Core nytimes.com/2016/11/21/us/…

Jeff Sessions impact on school segregation in Alabama nyti.ms/2fyPqMV

What the Republican Victory at the State Level Means for Education - The Atlantic ow.ly/Mlrv306oa4r

DISTRICTS

Ivanka Trump Visits Success Academy Day After Eva Moskowitz Says No to Ed Secretary Job  the74million.org/article/ivanka…

Antwan Wilson, schools chief in Oakland, Calif., expected to be nominated for D.C. schools chancellor  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Bowser Picks Head Of Oakland Schools To Take Reins Of D.C. Public Schools wamu.org/news/16/11/22/…

TOLERANCE

Post-Election Bullying In Schools opb.org/radio/programs…

New Mexico schools aim to ease immigrant student nerves cabinetreport.com/human-resource…

Schools increasingly seek out tolerance workshops post-election scpr.org/news/2016/11/2…

BUS CRASH

Bus driver being charged in deadly Tenn. bus crash ow.ly/UeC4306pGjW

The Latest: Bus driver arrested in fatal school bus crash hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

MISC

Hard times for Kansas and its schools as economic 'experiment' creates gaping budget hole  latimes.com/local/educatio…

New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that  hechingerreport.org/new-study-show…

With CPS contract cap, only 1 charter school pursuing plan to open new site - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/UYql306pEMR

Education Secretary calls on all states to abandon corporal punishment - The Washington Post  ow.ly/oOYm306pEaj

Obama Administration Calls On Schools To Stop Abusing Kids huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/21/cor…

Quotes: NEA Head Quoted Praising White Suburban Schools In Louisiana

Quotes2When Katrina hit, it hit everybody's schools ... They rebuilt and modernized all the white suburb public schools. They ended up better than before and they bulldozed the public schools in the black neighborhoods.

- NEA head Lily Eskelsen Garcia quoted in Inlander

AM News: Transition News, Muslim-American Teachers, & More

TRUMP TRANSITION
 
On Sat, Michelle Rhee met with Donald Trump. - LA Times pllqt.it/LTIGY4
 
Trump school voucher plan comes against backdrop of opposition in California edsource.org/2016/trump-sch…
 
At Iowa High School, Election Results Kindle Tensions and Protests - The New York Times  ow.ly/cBtZ306nfQW
 
U.S. education secretary urges focus on students amid Trump transition - Baltimore Sun  ow.ly/bkWX306nfJ2
 
Dear Students: A Letter from Your Muslim American Teacher | VICE ow.ly/jO4h306mhYz
 
DISTRICTS/SCHOOLS
 
Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
D.C.’s public charter school system turned 20 this year. Now what? - The Washington Post  ow.ly/vJ62306nfMR
 
Ousted NC superintendent slams 33-year-old successor: WRAL.com ow.ly/ARH7306nixR
 
Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
In Lower Manhattan, a Move to Integrate Some Schools Is Delayed nytimes.com/2016/11/19/nyr…
 
School Integration Proposal on Hold for Lower Manhattan wnyc.org/story/school-i…
 
City To Sell School Building, Then Pay Rent wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Morning Video: Clinton At Children's Defense Fund, Hess At Shanker Institute

Or, watch the Wednesday Shanker Institute panel (Huerta, Martin, Brown, Hess, Weingarten) reflecting on the election and what comes next.  AFT writeup here.

Cartoon: A Different Kind Of Parent-Teacher Meeting

From last year.

AM News: States Lowered Teacher Prep Bar, Trump Trauma, & More

Teacher prep standards scaled back as shortage took hold cabinetreport.com/curriculum-ins…
 
A plan to fix Seattle student achievement gaps: teacher diversity, international schools seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…
 
Advocacy group warns fellow Democrats: Don't become Trump's education secretary  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
Trump's school choice expansion plan may face uphill battle | AP ow.ly/KST0306hz0R
 
Don’t give up on teaching, union president urges Miami's Community News ow.ly/fyQy306iGU7
 
Race-based St. Louis student transfer program could evolve with new criteria | St. Louis Public Radio ow.ly/h115306iH5m
 
Baltimore middle school teacher fired after racial tirade is captured on video  washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Mastery Charter Schools to pay $2,000 to settle city ethics complaint philly.com/philly/educati… via@phillydotcom

Educators grapple with post-election tensions USA Today ow.ly/Vjx6306iGkC

2 students, teacher reprimanded for Trump assassination skit hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Lunchtime Video: New President, New Higher Education Agenda

From Monday in DC: "At EWA’s forum on the 2016 election outcome, a panel of experts discuss the future of higher education policy with members of the media. Speakers: Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation Kevin Carey, New America David Cleary, Office of Senator Lamar Alexander Terry Hartle, American Council on Education Kenneth Terrell, Education Writers Association." via Education Writers Association.

AM News: Schools Respond, Trump Transitions, & More

In Segregated Classrooms Students Struggle To Understand A Trump Victory hechingerreport.org/in-segregated-…

Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet  nzzl.us/oCKpA9W via @nuzzel

These educators aren’t tolerating racism in the classroom - Think Progress ow.ly/FWC6306groJ

Student wearing Trump hat, arguing with protesters, is punched, kicked to ground  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

At Post-Election ESSA Conference, State Leaders Barely Mention Trump blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Sen. Patty Murray to Remain Top Democrat on Senate Education Committee  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

California teachers union loses seats to education change groups | The Sacramento Bee ow.ly/9pXT306grw3

Former D.C. schools chancellor violated ethics rules when asking for donations  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

With Trump's Victory, Friedrichs Likely Short-Lived - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/lbWW306h4JA

Moody’s calls Massachusetts voters rejection of charter school measure ‘credit positive’  bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/11/…

Education leaders contemplate what Trump presidency means for California education  edsource.org/2016/education…

Possible Ed Sec Pick, Moskowitz Meets With Trump realcleareducation.com/2016/11/17/pos…

A Lesson For Preschools: When It's Done Right, The Benefits Last npr.org/sections/ed/20…

K12 is female-dominated enterprise. So why are so few women in charge of school districts? edweek.org/ew/articles/20…

Quotes: Why New Funders Might Not Focus On Charters

Quotes2If you're a young tech type looking at what new solution might sweep over and remake the K-12 landscape, it's not clear you'd see charters as an obvious candidate. How enthusiastic do you think Silicon Valley VCs might be about a product that had captured only 5 percent of market share after a quarter-century? 

-- Paul Perry in Inside Philanthropy (Who is Funding the Backlash against John Oliver's Charter School Critique?)

Morning Video: Schools React To Post-Election Incidents, Fears

There have been lots more incidents at schools and elsewhere since this PBS NewsHour segment from last week, but it's still good to watch.

AM News: School Incidents, Trump Protests, Reality Checks, & More

Trump's school choice expansion plan may face uphill battle - AP http://ow.ly/pdi5306e6PB
 
Rash of racist school incidents demand administrators act quickly - Think Progress ow.ly/JIO5306e5Ba
 
 
LA School Board: If Trump administration asks for student data, district will resist scpr.org/news/2016/11/1…
 
How one Seattle high schooler helped organize an anti-Trump walkout kuow.org/post/how-one-s…
 
D.C. students walk out of class to protest Trump washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
School Removal of Obama Mural on Election Day Sparks Outcryabcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/s…
 
New policy on magnet schools aims to increase diversity in NC schools cabinetreport.com/human-resource…
 
Tougher Teacher-Prep Admissions Standards Called for in Report blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…
 
Seattle students join nationwide school walkout to protest Trump presidency kuow.org/post/seattle-s…
 
Utah high school stabbing victims all expected to survive hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
NY school bus driver favored Trump supporters nola.com/education/inde…
 

Afternoon Video: Samantha Bee Calls For Teaching The Constitution

In her show last week, Samantha Bee called for more and better school instruction about how the government works. But of course she had many other, larger complaints. Watch it, then watch Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock tear into oblivious white liberal voters' reactions to the Trump victory on SNL.

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