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Afternoon Video: #TBT "You Should Go To College"

Remember this one? So fun.

#TBT 2015: Teacher Draft Day (Remember?)

From last summer: "THIS JUST IN: Star English teacher Ruby Ruhf says goodbye to Ohio and signs with NY P.S. 431. She'll land $80 mil from the six-year deal, along with a possible additional $40 mil based on test scores."

Morning Video: Things That Are Too High

From last night's DNC: Martin O'Malley on childcare costs, poverty rates, and Donald Trump's opinion of himself.

AM News: Homeless Students, Refugee Kids, Planning Time, & More

U.S. Education Department issues guidelines for supporting homeless students washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Department of Education issues new guidelines for schools aimed at helping homeless students abcn.ws/2aa1XoD

Camp For Young Refugees Teaches U.S. School Skills wnyc.org/story/young-re…

NCTQ ranks the amount of planning time teachers get in 147 districts | Education Dive ow.ly/gBnV302FJtd

As deadline looms, California struggles to finalize new school accountability system edsource.org/2016/as-deadli…

Chicago Teachers Union, district set to begin fresh round of talks - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/89xJ302G7jf

CPS: Special education programs failing despite higher costs - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/l1xd302Ftsb

LA Unified 'soft-launching' parent website for tracking student attendance, graduation progress scpr.org/news/2016/07/2…

Education policy expert tapped as president of state education board  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

New York City Is Taking A Big Step To Keep Young Kids In School  huffingtonpost.com/2016/07/26/new…

How the relationship between L.A. Unified and charter schools is 'like a middle school dance' latimes.com/local/educatio…

Note that there will be no news roundup tomorrow, July 29th. Back again on Monday. 

Charts: DC Schools Improving Faster Than Demographics Predict

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Morning Video: Is This The Third Reconstruction?

Advances, then backlash. That's the big story of civil rights and inequality, says Washington Monthly's Nancy LeTourneau.

AM News: Kaine's Wife Resigns As VA Chief, DNC Day 2, & More

Anne Holton, wife of Clinton’s running mate, resigns as Va.’s education secretary washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Kaine's wife resigns Virginia state position, joins campaign  politico.com/story/2016/07/…

Convention delegates want to know if Clinton would mirror Obama on K-12 NewshourHea…

What Did the Teachers' Unions Get Up to at Those OTHER Conventions? blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

This school district tops the nation for teacher planning time  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Education Front And Center As Civic Groups Look At Economic Mobility wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

SF schools leader Carranza a finalist for Houston job  sfgate.com/education/arti…

Prekindergarten funding on the rise in U.S. cities, states | AMI Newswire ow.ly/Oxn0302ExuE

Parents retain right to enroll in schools near where they work  cabinetreport.com/politics-educa…

Pokemon Go’s Popularity Might Not Slow the Summer Slide But It has Other Powers | The 74 ow.ly/jzY1302ExT4

Money: Teaches Make Less Than 60 Percent Of Average Pay For Peers

U.S. teachers earn less than 60% of the average pay for other full-time college-educated workers, according to CAP.

Quotes: School Integration's Many Benefits For Kids

Quotes2When kids are exposed to children who are different than them, whether it’s along racial lines or economic lines, that contact between different groups reduces the willingness of kids to make stereotypes and generalizations about other groups... It also reduces anxiety because a lot of prejudice grows out of fear of the unknown and feeling anxious when you’re around different people because you’ve never had that experience before.

-- Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education in US News (Racial Tensions Flare as Schools Resegregate)

Movies: School Choice At The Heart Of "Barbershop: The Next Cut"

Hidden inside this summer's comedy about the South Side of Chicago is a story about whether parents should leave their son in a school in which he might be groomed as a gang member or take him out to a safer option.

In one scene in particular, the school principal tells the parents (including the father played by Ice Cube) that their son seems to be involved in gangs, while at the same time encouraging the parents to keep him at the school:

Principal: Mr. Palmer, now hold up. Hold up. Now, that's not what I was suggesting. We want Jalen to be here. The school needs him here.

Ice Cube: For what? Seem like y'all losing him.

Principal:  Mr. Palmer, I understand...

Ice Cube: I'm supposed to sit here and we're going to sacrifice our only son to this system?

Principal: There's gotta be something we can do to work together on this.

Ice Cube: Seems like the problem is bigger than you and me.

There's also a montage featuring Urban Prep, the all-boys charter school known for sending all of its high school seniors to college.

What Does A Social Justice Agenda For Schools Really Look Like?

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Last night on Twitter there was some disagreement about whether folks like Diane Ravitch qualify as "social justice" advocates. Ditto for school reform advocates like, say, Arne Duncan. 

What I learned from the discussion was that people probably have very different notions about what it means to come at improving schools from a social justice perspective. For reform critics like Ravitch, opposing approaches that disempower classroom teachers or put pressure on traditional schools feels like social justice. For reform advocates like Duncan giving parents choices and making schools accountable for results feels like social justice. 

Eager as they might be to claim the mantle of social justice advocacy, my sense is that both sides are wrong, and that the things that they spend most of their time advocating for are not the things that social justice advocates would prioritize for children and communities of color who most need better schools.

It's important to note that changes to education are not central to the current #BlackLivesMatter movement that embodies social justice advocacy in the current era. When education does come up, things like more charters, school desegregation, teacher empowerment, accountability, and student loans are not priority items.

So what would a social justice education agenda look like? Here's a highly imperfect guess at some of the priorities that might be highlighted. There's got to be a better version of this somewhere, but it's a start:

10/ Cops out of schools

    9/ Ending defiance-based suspensions and expulsions

    8/ Anti-racism /cultural awareness training for teachers

    7/ High-quality universal preschool

    6/ Living wages for paras, aides, and early childhood teacher

    5/ Equitable distribution of certified teachers (and payroll costs) among district schools

    4/ Limits on self-segregation of affluent students within neighborhoods and island districts

    3/ Dramatic reduction in local control/property tax-based funding

    2/ Giving parents right to legal action against inadequate education (as with IDEA)

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    Morning Video: Update On XQ

    Via The Seventy Four.

    AM News: Educators Among Sanders Holdouts, Kaine's Education Credentials, & More

    Ousted CPS principal won’t commit to voting for Clinton – Chicago Tribune  ow.ly/ywhw302C9jp

    VP Pick’s Wife, Brothers-In-Law Attended Integrated Schools – NYT  bit.ly/2a0ew4a

    Kaine, as governor, left a mark on higher education in Virginia  washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi…

    Bad day for summer school: Air conditioning falters as temperatures soar  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

    U.S. Teachers Have Middling Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Report  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

    New Orleans ACT results mixed for 2016 nola.com/education/inde…

    There Is A Shortage Of Male Teachers Of Color. NYC Is Working To Fix That.  huffingtonpost.com/2016/07/19/nyc…

    Two Brooklyn Schools Will Get New Leaders – WSJ ow.ly/FK2Y302BiMu

    Outdoor School Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot  kuow.org/post/outdoor-s…

    Campaign 2016: VP Pick's Wife, Brothers-In-Law Attended Integrated Schools

    via Washington Post's Emma Brown.

    Events: Monday's DFER Education Panels

    There are several education-related events going on this week at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, and a handful of education-related appearances on the main stage. First up are a pair of education panels hosted by DFER.

    AM News: Kaine's Wife, Rauner's Apology, #DNCinPHL, & More

    Meet Tim Kaine’s wife, a longtime child welfare advocate and Virginia’s secretary of education washingtonpost.com/news/education…

    Illinois Gov. Apologizes for Calling Chicago Teachers ‘Illiterate’ bit.ly/29ZfnUC

    Are summer ‘camps’ the next frontier in helping disadvantaged students catch up? washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

    Civil-Rights Marchers: US Still Needs to Address Inequality  abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

    2 re-elected to Orleans Parish School Board nola.com/education/inde…

    New teachers rate higher academically than in the past seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

    40 years after desegregation ruling, core problems remain  jsonline.com/news/education…

    Eric Contreras, a Former Teacher, Named Principal of Stuyvesant – WSJ  ow.ly/baLq302zHmT

    More than a thousand people turned out for the prom of a Wisconsin teen choosing to die. usat.ly/29Vb7o3

    Afternoon Video: Violent Arrest Of Austin TX Black Teacher

    This is pretty upsetting to watch, though no guns are drawn and no one's killed. Maybe because it happened to a teacher. Maybe because we all know what can happen when things escalate like that. Read the accompanying article here.

    Quotes: LAT Editorial Page Slams CA's New Color-Coded School Rating Scheme

    Charts: Alternative Poverty Rate Not So Bad As Official One

    For years we've been told that poverty has been increasing. So it might not seem like a big deal that Majority Leader Paul Ryan claimed that poverty is worse under Obama earlier this week. At 15 percent, the official measure is high. But the official measure doesn't account for certain public benefits, such as food stamps, notes The Washington Post. An alternative measure "also indicates that a greater share of Americans are poor now than were poor under the Bush or Clinton administrations. Yet the current rate is moderate by historical standards — below its level throughout much of the Reagan administration."

    Events: DFER Events In Philly On Monday

    There's still no official news about DFER and other education groups holding events during next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but I'm being told that there are going to be some early-week panels and a reception.

     The first panel might address what happens next for education and DFER. Another panel might address non-school issues that DFER has up until now been extremely reluctant to get involved in.

    You'll be the first to know when some official details come out about panelists, access, and all the rest. As you may recall, DFER held its first big event in Denver in 2008 at the DNC, and held another event in 2012 at which union leaders appeared. My case study about the sudden rise and recent challenges facing DFER came out via AEI just a few days ago.

    The last year especially has been an awkward one for the organization. A recent example: DFER appeared to have been caught unprepared a couple of weeks ago when the DNC platform committee accepted a handful of amendments from reform critics such as Troy Laravierre and Randi Weingarten. Platform positions may not matter, and the amendment may not make much sense, but it was a pretty startling turn of events for a group that has for so many years been on the inside, seeming to be able to press all the right levers.

    Maybe the best way to think of Monday's events is as some sort of reboot/relaunch. 


    AM News: Trump Backs Choice & Safety, Rauner Slams Teacher, & More

    Donald Trump Promotes School Choice, Bashes 'Bureaucrats' in Speech blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

    The software that could have saved Melania Trump from her plagiarism debacle -Recode  pllqt.it/47Ujqu

    Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says - Real Time Economics - WSJ  ow.ly/L3ym302tKqS

    Smarter Balanced test: Delaware first state to release results  newsworks.org/index.php/loca…

    New York Seeks to Ban Suspensions for Youngest Students wnyc.org/story/new-york… See also WSJ: ow.ly/CeaS302v8rb

    Racial Disparity in Discipline Persists While Suspensions Drop in New York City Schools wnyc.org/story/school-a…

    Upper West Side parents knock Education Dept.'s rezoning plans - NY Daily News  ow.ly/xLaO302tERh

    A Persistent Divide: New Federal Data Explores Education Disparities edweek.org/ew/section/mul…

    Rauner Once Called Chicago Teachers 'Virtually Illiterate'  abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/r…
    Back-to-School Spending Set to Rise 11% as Confidence Grows - Bloomberg  ow.ly/6X8N302v9jO

    Groundbreaking efforts keeping teens out of Georgia's criminal justice system | WSB-TV  ow.ly/sDfq302v9j4

    All seven Orleans Parish School Board districts now have candidates, and so far two races are contested. bit.ly/2a8yXzM #nolaed

    Quotes: "No More Excuses" (Obama's NAACP Speech 2009)

    Quotes2We've got to say to our children, 'Yes, if you're African American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher, yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that somebody in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. But that's not a reason to get bad grades, that's not a reason to cut class, that's not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school. No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands -- you cannot forget that.'

    - President Obama speaking to the NAACP via ABC News (President Obama to NAACP: "No Excuses")


    Afternoon Video: First Lady Sings & Snapchats To Promote "Let Girls Learn"

    "Meant to promote the first lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative, 'This Is For My Girls' grabbed headlines when it was first released but hasn’t quite stuck in the public consciousness since then."

    Update: If School Reform Is Class Conflict, A Social Justice Approach Could Hurt

    As I read it, this piece in The New Yorker (Pale Fire) suggests that the current conflict over education reform is in many ways the playing out of long-simmering white-on-white class conflicts.

    If so, this would suggest that focusing narrowly on social justice issues -- while entirely understandable in short-term tactical terms -- could only exacerbate the conflict and theoretically slow progress. 

    It's nothing you haven't thought or read or perhaps articulated yourself, but a worthwhile reminder. 


    #EDgif Of The Day: Middle Schoolers Print New Leg For Cute Penguin

    AM News: Trump's Son Slams Schools, Struggle To Educate Migrants, & More

    Donald Trump Jr. trashes U.S. public schools (though he didn't attend one) washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sh…

    See also EdWeek, This Week In Education.


    Illinois in Federal Hot Water Over High School Testing blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

    Distrust, anger at Douglas County School Board over handling of student denverpost.com/2016/07/20/dou…

    Pueblo CO superintendent resigns abruptly as state sanctions loom | Chalkbeat ow.ly/TWcS302sMvo

    Prep School Faces Accusations Of Chronic Mishandling Of Sexual Assault Cases npr.org/sections/thetw…

    Chalkbeat: How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/…

    Quotes: Humorless Politics Make Progress Tougher

    Quotes2Today, however, practically nobody seems to have a sense of humor, at least not about anything bearing on ed reform. Is it because of our unfunny national politics? Because social media and 24/7 news mean that even a short chortle can be turned by one’s foes into evidence that one is making light of something? I’m not sure about the cause, but I can attest that it’s hard to make common cause with people who can never share a spoof or jest.

    -- Fordham's Checker Finn via eduwonk (De-Coupling Of Education Reform)

    Afternoon Video: Homeless Student Overwhelmed By Public Support

    Morning Video: Trump Son Decries Education System That Benefits Teachers Not Kids


    As you can see above, Donald Trump's son gave a speech last night that included some pretty harsh language about education:

    "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and administrators and not the students."

    [In response to accusations that the lines were plagiarized from a recent article, the author of the article noted that he was the primary speechwriter for the speech.]

    Other remarks:

    "The other party gave us public schools that far too often fail our students, especially those who have no options. ... You know why other countries do better on K through 12? They let parents choose where to send their own children to school. That’s called competition. It’s called the free market. And it’s what the other party fears.

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in This Week In Education are strictly those of the author and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Scholastic, Inc.