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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

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.

Vox has a nice roundup of issues and moments he's spoken out. The Times has a transcript of the speech. He's a board member of the Advancement Project, which bills itself as a "next generation national civil rights organization."

But that's not all. He's the son of educators, was a teacher himself. He grew up in Chicago and worked at a Philadelphia charter school after graduating from Temple, according to his biography. Wikipedia says he taught for six years

“I loved being a teacher. It’s the best thing I have ever done. My favorite job ever. I miss it every day,” says Williams in The Guardian (Jesse Williams: I am not going to participate in celebrity culture.)

I haven't been able to find out which schools he taught at, or which schools he attended. 

Quotes: DC's Henderson Credits Mayoral Control Over Schools

Quotes2I 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. I take great ideas to great leaders and they say yes or they say no and we keep it moving. There is no way that we could have gotten as far as we have gotten without mayoral control.

- DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson explaining keys to her success on WAMU (Chancellor Kaya Henderson Says She's Leaving D.C. Public Schools)

Morning Video: Homeless Teens Go To Prom

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 ow.ly/M33J301NcKl

DC schools chief Kaya Henderson to step down: AP Articleow.ly/hLIJ301Nc0l

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to step down, leaving legacy of progress wapo.st/29pWmcW

Education secretary takes heat for pushing single rating of schools edsource.org/2016/education…

Education Secretary Spars With Senators Over School Ratings, ESSA Timeline - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/IyCk301NbYL

From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms : NPR Ed : NPR pllqt.it/ieo5R5

Who got rich off the student debt crisis | Reveal ow.ly/1N9j301MkBf 

Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites -- Education Week ow.ly/Wsf1301NdVY
 
 
NYC schools to add gifted programs to 4 minority districts nydailynews.com
 
PARCC will count in CPS teacher and school ratings | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/Kc3l301NcH7
 
Chicago Activists Ask Rauner’s Neighbors To Help Lobby For CPS Money wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
 
For low-income kids, summer learning opportunities are hard to find kuow.org/post/low-incom…
 
Summer Recruitment Underway for Male Teachers of Colorwnyc.org/story/recruitm…
 
Wyoming Schools Look for a Middle Way for Transgender Students - The New York Times ow.ly/jh3e301NbK5
 

Quotes: Charters For Everyone!

Quotes2There 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"

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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. And I'm especially unsure that it's a good thing for white men to do, given all the privileges and blind spots that come along with being white and male. 

The question of being white and woke came up recently on Twitter, thanks to Jonas Chartock expression discomfort with the spread of the term: 

It's also been a topic of debate since Justin Timberlake got slammed for his well-intended but clueless response to Jesse Williams' amazing BET speech Sunday night (while you were probably watching Game Of Thrones and I was watching soccer).

The reason, in simple terms, that white folks probably shouldn't use the term is that using "woke" seems like blatant appropriation of a term that people of color in the #BlackLivesMatter movement are using, which is in itself a form of racism. 

How can you be a "woke" white person if using the term suggests that you aren't?

So what's a good alternative if you're a white person who thinks s/he "gets it"? There are a few out there to consider, including ally, aspiring ally, and anti-racist. I like the last term the most because it's the most explicit.

If the numbers of white people who are concerned and active about racism are going to grow, then they will likely need an identifier (and maybe even an affinity group) of their own.

The work matters more than the identifier, of course, but I hope it's not "woke."

Related reading: Earning the ‘Woke’ Badge (Amanda Hess in the NYT), Daily Dot (Black Twitter lists the woke white people invited to their cookout), The Cut (Macklemore Is All of My Woke Ex-Boyfriends)

 

 

Books: Forthcoming Novel Highlights White Parents & Diverse Schools

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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.

"But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby's class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately feel uncomfortably close to home."

Sounds interesting -- if also perhaps stereotypical. But perhaps that's the point. Anyway, can't wait to read it. 

Meantime, Rosenfeld is on a panel tonight at 7 with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Rebecca Carroll.

Crossed fingers they'll talk about the UWS parents who are trying to block school integration, along with the Brooklyn situation.

You can watch the livestream here.

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 - WSJow.ly/e5in301KIDJ

Supreme Court denies rehearing of 4-4 Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit on union dues | EdSource ow.ly/UmIv301KJGi

Trump Towers Over Education: How His Candidacy Is Already Affecting Federal Policy | The 74 ow.ly/aVoy301KJBn

A Makeshift School In Aleppo Offers Safer Education Amid Bombingsow.ly/P4D9301KJ4k

Walton foundation launches $250M charter school initiative: AP Articleow.ly/tg5h301KIY0

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States : NPR Ed : NPRow.ly/qkcz301KIRg

Hillary Clinton Wants to Focus on Computer Science, STEM Education - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/9XcH301KIVJ

Looking For Change, Teachers Hit The Campaign Trail : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/jeAm301KISK

State officials decline to remove school board members who ousted superintendent - The Washington Post ow.ly/IcZn301KIMy
 
 

Afternoon Video: Two Contrasting Charter School Models

This video highlights Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., and Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles, Calif -- one charter led by teachers, another part of a college-prep focused network. (Charter Schools After 25 Years: Inside Two Contrasting Schools via EdWeek)

Morning Video: Hot Actor From Gray's Anatomy Wakes The Crowd At BET

In case you missed it Sunday night, here's an AJ+ video clip from Jesse Williams' impassioned speech honoring organizers, students, activists at the BET Awards show.

"We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil."

Read the whole thing here.

Quotes: DNC Platform Takes On School Discipline

Quotes2For the first time ever, our platform calls for ending mass incarceration, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, and taking on the challenges of systemic racism.

- Clinton campaign advisor Maya Harris on the DNC website via Politics K12

AM News: Charter School Groups Gather In Nashville

Charter Schools Get $250 Million Boost from Walton Foundation - WSJ ow.ly/bbwH301IgDn
 
Education Secretary calls on charters to rethink discipline, reduce suspensions - The Washington Post ow.ly/SD8Y301IfqJ
 
After 25 Years, What's Next For Charter Schools? : NPR Ed : NPRow.ly/oQfv301IfsP
  
Criticism escalates for online charter operator | EdSourceow.ly/eIc0301Ig9i
 
Democratic Party's Draft Platform Focuses on ZIP Codes, 'School-to-Prison Pipeline' - Politics K-12 - Education Weekow.ly/rBS2301Ig3V
 
For low-income kids, summer learning opportunities are hard to find | KUOW News and Information ow.ly/XMVM301Ig28
 
Montgomery County Schools Face Discrimination Complaint - The Kojo Nnamdi Show ow.ly/MIQ3301IfXz
 
1 in 4 Teachers Miss 10 or More School Days, Analysis Findsnzzl.us/AqEVfIg
 
Louisiana's private school voucher program will have wait list |NOLA.com ow.ly/W4xw301Ifog
 
How Traditional Nonprofits Run Into Problems Trying To Tackle Poverty | WAMU ow.ly/l9MQ301IfEK
 
New Orleans charter ex-leader to run for L.A. mayor, newspaper says | NOLA.com ow.ly/e1x9301IfmH
 
Refugee kids in California say discrimination at school is getting worse | Public Radio International ow.ly/MLDD301Ifwd
 
From living in cars to UC Davis — one student's journey - LA Times ow.ly/EMPK301Igx7
 

Quotes: Parents Choose Diversity If They "Have To"

Quotes2Parents generally place greater value on schools with a high percentage of students of the same race/ethnicity as their child — but only if their child would otherwise be in the smallest minority at school. If their child won’t be in the smallest minority, parents are less concerned about — and, in fact, supportive of — schools with a more diverse student body.

- From Mathematic analysis of DC school lottery choices, via NY Times

Morning Video: The Newtown Documentary

"Newtown debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is scheduled for theatrical release in September. It "has a few moments devoted to the political aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings, such as the passage of tough gun restrictions by the state of Connecticut and the bitter disappointment of President Barack Obama and the Newtown parents that Congress would not adopt anti-gun measures after the tragedy." in EdWeek ('Newtown' Documentary Shows Poignant Aftermath of School Shooting Tragedy)

Or, watch The Seventy Four's 8 questions about charter schools you were always afraid to ask.

AM New: CA Legislator Pushes Stripped-Down Vergara Bill

Bill keeps longer tenure, scraps other ‘Vergara reforms’ | EdSource ow.ly/GnMm301FriJ

5 Colorado Republicans Fight to Take on CO Senator Michael Bennet - ABC News ow.ly/JAxQ301Frbq

Preschool Teaching Programs Too Diffuse, Unfocused: Analysis - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/rssE301Fs4A

A School Where The Students Hire Their Teachers | WBEZ ow.ly/Mpwa301FrrV

Leg up or catch up? Wealthier students use summer school to get a step ahead | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/xXxm301Fr6S

Kansas Votes More Money For Public Schools To Avert Shutdownn.pr/28X0QLS

Kansas Lawmakers Pass Bill in Bid to Stop Court From Closing Schools - The New York Times ow.ly/kgwl301Fr4s

Tutors See Stereotypes and Gender Bias in SAT. Testers See None of the Above. - NYT ow.ly/LUSf301Fr28

Fighting for ‘Our School’ | American RadioWorks | ow.ly/yOOu301ExDA

1 In 10 Cal State Students Is Homeless, Study Finds n.pr/29bPaBc

Quotes: UWS Parents Tout Diversity & Defend Resistance To Integration At The Same Time

Quotes2There aren't a lot of African Americans who live on the Upper West Side...We were sad to learn that, you know? I would like more diversity, but we chose to move to this place because we put the quality of the education at a higher value.

-- An unnamed UWS parent in this Gothamist piece (UWS Parents Fight Proposal To Relocate School)

#EDgif Of The Day: #TeachersBeLike

#TeachersBeLike is trending today. Click the Vine to hear the song playing while the teacher shows her stuff.

Quotes: Segregation & White Middle Class Voters

Quotes2School segregation is the result of intentional policy choices and governmental interventions. It was constructed, and to end it we must deconstruct it through further interventions. We also must acknowledge that segregation was created at the behest of middle class white voters and business leaders and it can only be undone at their behest.

- Nate Bowling (We have the answer, we choose to ignore it)

Morning Video: Education Reform's Common Ground?

Watch folks talk about "common ground" in education reform at Fordham earlier this week, or read transcript here or read up here

 

AM News: Schools Under Cyberattacks, Disgraced Teachers Hacked On Slack

Schools to prepare for the worst as cyberattacks increase :: SI&A Cabinet Report ow.ly/dlUl301B1ot

Teachers insulted students in private Slack chats. After a hack, they resigned in disgrace. - The Washington Post ow.ly/ayMl301AWeK

See also: Cyberattack on small New York district exposes employee information | Education Dive pllqt.it/6KeSpQ

A NYC School's Strategy to Improve Attendance Starts At 7 a.m. - WNYC ow.ly/Cx4P301AWIU

Principal Quits Troubled Brooklyn School - WSJ ow.ly/vnjU301AUCp

Chess Coach Caught In The Middle Of CPS And CTU Drama | WBEZ ow.ly/eeg4301AX2i

100,000 Students Across The U.S. Will Probably See 'Hamilton' Before You Do - Huffington Post ow.ly/en64301AWEB

High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost? : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/BtX3301AWyJ

Fund set up to raise money for L.A. Unified merges with group starting two charter schools - LA Times ow.ly/6yXy301AUVH

Charts: Making the Grade in America's Big Cities

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Here's an Urban Institute look at how various big-city school systems look, using NAEP TUDA data and controlling for demographics.  Click the link to read the report. 

Afternoon Video: Teaching Tolerance In The Segregated South

"Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks to Maureen Costello of the Southern Poverty Law Center for insight into how Southern schools can move race relations forward."

Morning Video: "Coming Of Age In City Coming Apart"

Here's the eight-minute video accompanying the recent Washington Post story Coming of age in a city coming apart. There's also apparently a crowdfunding effort to help the student profiled.

 

 

AM News: Homeless Students, Charter School Rules, School Money

On the streets. With a newborn. And trying to graduate high school | KUOW News and Information ow.ly/pABj301yATQ

Late Deal in Albany Could Allow Charter Schools to Hire More Uncertified Teachers - The New York Times ow.ly/WISy301yABp

City Criticizes Management at NY Charters - WSJow.ly/SKP7100cmtP

What Experts Said at The New York Times Education Conference - The New York Times ow.ly/VvTI301yACE

In Southern schools, segregation and inequality aren’t just history -- they’re reality | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/4sCL301yALA

Chaos, Change And No Change At All: 3 Stories Of School Money : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/1N1R301yAGe

LAUSD more than doubles transitional kindergarten seats for coming year | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/lthu301yAIy

Schools save money, time by virtualizing desktop computers | Education Dive ow.ly/x9D9301yBip

Two More Ex-Administrators Plead Guilty in Texas Border School Testing Scandal ow.ly/i0RX301yBII

St. Paul Schools drama: Silva is out, Thein is interim supe, O'Connell resigns | MinnPost ow.ly/h5Xz301yC7u

 

#EDgif Of The Day: Colo. School Board Members Caught On Live Mic

Quotes: Duckworth's "Indifference"

Quotes2Duckworth—indifferent to class, race, history, society, culture—strips success of its human reality, and her single-minded theory may explain very little. 

- David Denby in The New Yorker (The Limits of “Grit”)

 
 

Morning Video: Here Come Next-Generation Science Standards

"The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasize more consistent science instruction as well as hands-on experimentation." PBS NewsHour

AM News: Early Warning Systems, Under-Trained Preschool Teachers, Summer School Lunch

San Francisco Schools Stop Teaching Algebra in Middle School ow.ly/D2Cv100cfEP
 
Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school? - The Washington Post ow.ly/XUTE301wdl4
 
School's Out, But Lunch Is Still On - The Kojo Nnamdi Show ow.ly/oI5O301wcxb
 
Boys Bear the Brunt of School Discipline | US News ow.ly/AE8Z301wdhl
 
Preschool Teachers Aren't Getting The Training They Need - Huffington Post ow.ly/VS4J301wdnV
 
See also: The Problem With Teaching Preschool Teachers : NPR ow.ly/KlSa301wclm
 
Gov. Christie: Proposed School Funding Plan Is About Fairness - WNYC ow.ly/T4cY301wctT
 
See also: Christie: Give all school districts same amount of aid, provide some towns property tax relief s.nj.com/ePYS9xl

Embattled St. Paul charter school makes deal with teachers -StarTribune.com ow.ly/5P8B301weqE

Charter School Debate Re-Ignites Ahead Of Nashville School Board Candidate Forum | Nashville Public Radio ow.ly/I36m301welT

Defiance, disruption marks raucous Douglas County school board meeting - Denver Post  ow.ly/jYIL301wcXj

In elementary education, ‘doing science’ rather than just memorizing it | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/q3IV301wdAw

Debate erupts over Los Angeles schools’ directive to search students for weapons - The Washington Post ow.ly/n8pi301wcgZ

Afternoon Video: Students Discuss "Men We Reaped"

This video from last year shows students from several different locations discussing the much-admired book, which I happen to have read a couple of weeks ago.

Men We Reaped is not about education in any central way, but schools come up in two key regards:

The author describes her own alienated experience attending a segregated private school as a scholarship student.

And -- even more relevant -- she describes the indifferent treatment her male friends and relatives in particular received in the public school system.

Quotes: "Stop Talking To The Press" About Their School, Advises Former "Daily Show" Correspondent

Quotes2So I urge you A, to stop talking to the press... This is a private matter, I think, from our community. This story doesn't exist without your quotes... Be mindful of when you speak, if you're going to speak to the press, because slandering or saying anything negative about this teaching staff is wrong... Conversely, painting any opposition as classist or racist is about as bad as it can get.

-- Jason Jones quoted on WNYC (Advice from Jason Jones to Upper West Side Parents: Don't Talk to the Press)



Charts: How Far Are Parents Willing To Go For Better Demographics, Scores?

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"For the [2014 Washington DC] lottery, families submitted rank-ordered lists of their preferred schools from a long list of options, including charter schools and traditional public schools."

From Mathematica (Market Signals: A Deep-Dive Analysis of Parental School Choice)

Morning Video: The Case Against Raising MA's Charter School Cap

Here's a two-minute video from Save Our Public Schools making the case against raising MA's charter school cap. There's a big state referendum on the issue coming later this year. The video claims that charters already take $400 million away from public schools. 

AM News: Addressing (White) Teachers' Unconscious Biases

Want to address #teachers' unconscious biases? First, talk about #race: State Impact IN ipm.io/28IL99p

New Orleans making progress in special education, report says | NOLA.comow.ly/J6Nk301tDUY
 
Louisiana children continue to struggle, report says | NOLA.comow.ly/CAQ9301tDQC

More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/hsjk301tE05

Taking notes the old fashion way might be better for the learning process - US News trib.al/oMqXbIa

Philly soda prices will have some extra fizz in 2017 ow.ly/NL3y301tFtA

Why are Colorado school districts going to spend millions on door locks? ow.ly/vNr8301tFaB 
 
SD wins Common Core lawsuit over parents ow.ly/WDlA301smBl
 
Yearbook Project Collects Stories of Children Killed in Shootings - The New York Times pllqt.it/PX1LMW
 

Photos: A Different Kind Of Yearbook

Quotes: Should We Ban The "Other" Box, Too?

Quotes2Roughly 75 percent of colleges and universities collect high school discipline information and almost 90 percent of those use the information in admission decisions. The Common Application, used by 600 colleges and universities, specifically asks applicants if they have “ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation” at school. School discipline records are not automatically expunged and, according to the study, 50 percent of high schools provide colleges with these records.
 
--  Youth Defender Clinic's Kate Weisburd in The Marshall Project (Ban the Other Box)

Events: NYT Education Summit Today & Tomorrow

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Today and tomorrow, the NYT is gathering EdSec John King, Carmen Farina, Pasi Sahlberg, Angela "Grit" Duckworth, and others for its annual education conference. Times journalists including Kate Zernike and Nikole Hannah-Jones are scheduled to participate.

 "The New York Times will bring together the most influential leaders in higher education – including presidents, provosts, chancellors and other decision-makers at colleges and universities ... to explore and assess the most pressing issues on campuses today."

As you can probably tell, the event is focused on higher education and called the Higher Ed Leaders Forum. The issues highlighted in the promo materials include "diversity and free-speech dilemmas, the STEM-humanities debate, sexual assault, the digital future, the crisis in public funding of education and much more."

Check out the schedule here. Far as I can tell, there's no livestream. 

 

Morning Video: In SF & Elsewhere, Elite Public Schools Struggle To Diversify

"San Francisco’s Lowell High School is one of the most selective public schools in the country. But the school’s selectivity means that black and Latino students, who are often less prepared for academic rigor than Lowell’s majority-Asian students, are underrepresented." via PBS NewsHour.

Or, watch this kid imitate Presidential candidates at his graduation.

AM News: Charter Association Critiques Online Schools

Online Charter Schools Need To Better Serve Students, Charter Groups Say ow.ly/sSZj301r1U6

Charter School Groups Call Out Virtual Schools | US News ow.ly/L5KY301r3vK

Virtual charter schools need “bold action” for change, says national charter school group - Hechinger Report ow.ly/WRKQ301r2Bv

Charter Sector Needs Infusion of New Ideas, Center for Education Reform Says - Education Week ow.ly/9KwI301r3gH

Experts warn of murky results from charter-driven NC schools - AP ow.ly/Nl0r301r1QC

Pro-charter school philanthropic group says it will give to traditional schools too, but not yet | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/1pnA301r1Oj

State delays forcing LA Unified to spend more on high-needs students | EdSource ow.ly/Lm2M301r2dt

Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them) : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/d9hx301r13i

Report: Gates reforms brought mixed success, slow improvement to Hillsborough schools | Tampa Bay Times ow.ly/PYx8301pvYa

Site News: Gone Fishing. Back Monday

Afternoon Listen: Recent Philly HS Grad Was Youngest Orlando Victim

The youngest victim in Orlando, Akyra Monet Murray, had just graduated from high school in Philadelphia. NPR interviewed her family and friends about what happened to her that night. Warning -- explicit and heartbreaking.

Morning Video: Peer Tutoring Inside A Multilingual High School

"At Pennsylvania’s Upper Darby High School in suburban Philadelphia, more than 15 languages are spoken in a student body of nearly 4,000. To help support such a diverse array of English-language learners, the school created a peer tutoring program."

AM News: Homeless Students, Preschool Wages, School Food Battle

With Homeless Students on the Rise, Will New Education Law Help? | US News ow.ly/8w7k301hzfj

Low wages undermine efforts to improve the quality of preschools, federal report says | EdSource ow.ly/q1vw301hxQE

Political critics of Obama target new school meal rules :: SI&A Cabinet Report ow.ly/DbOf301hzji

Achievement Gap For Blacks, Latinos In San Diego Unified Narrows | KPBS ow.ly/jOop301hzh8

Study: Slight progress for CPS students' college graduation prospects - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/WSce301gJ3d
 
At education summit, calls for more revenue for schools | Catalyst Chicago ow.ly/dWdq301hz6P
 
Teacher-led innovation celebrated at summit in Minneapolis | MinnPost ow.ly/TsZb301hye7
 
Coalition says L.A. Unified underfunds neediest students - LA Timesow.ly/VUq5301hxmp
 
Lawmakers Have Deal on Ramapo Schools - WSJ pllqt.it/ncWywi
 
Fewer Hurdles to Graduation for Disabled Students in New York - The New York Times ow.ly/cAnX301hxtL
 
 
 
 

Afternoon Video: Watch EduHam Kids Perform

Still buzzing over the Sunday Tony awards show? Me, too. Check out the show performances if you missed any here, or click the link above and watch some of the NYC high school kids who've been attending the show and performing for Lin Manuel-Miranda as part of what Scholastic's Wayne D'Orio dubbed "Hamilton 101." It's pretty cool to watch them. The video is about a half-hour long.

Books: Teaching At A Manhattan Prep School While Black, Gay, & Southern

A long novel about mid-1970s New York City, this book features a key subplot about a Southern-born college graduate brought north to teach at an elite and nearly all-white private girls' school in Manhattan.

That doesn't make it an education book, and at nearly 1,000 pages it's not exactly a quick read, but if you're an educationista looking for an excuse to read about the birth of punk, the near-bankruptcy of NYC, and proto-terrorism, it's all you need :-)

What's on *your* summer reading list, and what's its slender connection to education?

Related posts: Best Of 2015: Two Education Books Make The ListBest Titles To Help White Teachers, Parents, Reporters Understand RaceAn Anthropological Look At School FundraisingNew Yorker Writer's Year Embedded In High School English'Confessions Of A Headmaster'.

Morning Video: "I Care About Diversity, But..."

"I Care About Diversity, But...": Moving from Talk to Action from NewSchools Venture Fund on Vimeo.

Here's an hourlong panel from this year's recent NSVF Summit addressing the gap between the idea of diversity and making it happen. The topic seems especially timely given this last weekend's NYT Sunday Magazine article about how individual parent decisions cumulatively reinforce residential segregation and school assignment policies.

Want more? There's another panel What Will it Take to Integrate Our Schools? that also looks good. 

 

 

AM News: Tuesday Education News Roundup

Civil rights advocates slam Alexandria school system over discipline data - The Washington Post ow.ly/EtR3301f1nD

An Upper West Side district is looking at an integration plan for its middle schools - Chalkbeat chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2016/…

Brazilian immigrant overcame classroom struggles to rise to top in charter school - The Boston Globe ow.ly/V0aq301dLb6

USC Hybrid High graduates its first class, w/ all 84 heading to college: LA School Report laschoolreport.com/usc-hybrid-hig…

Less test-iness over L.A. teacher evaluations - LA Times ow.ly/7vAG301f187

Why Obama's top education official is visiting N.J. | NJ.com ow.ly/2fJd301f2a8

Tests Find Elevated Lead Levels at 5 More Chicago Schools abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/t…

Denver's Escuela Tlatelolco founded as part of Chicana/o movement in 1970 is trying to go back to its roots goo.gl/0ajKv6

Update: NYT Highlights Role Of Individual Decisions In Promoting Segregation

image from blogs.edweek.orgOne of the biggest takeaways from the NYT Sunday Magazine article Choosing A School For My Daughter is how unusual it seems to be for parents with other choices to send their children to schools with lower test scores or higher rates of segregation -- and how relatively little attention has been paid in the media to the symbolic and practical effect of these cumulative individual decisions.

While she'd benefitted from a desegregation program as a child, and her husband had attended diverse DOD schools, Hannah-Jones had mixed feelings about the experience and believed deeply that the affluent kids and families she went to school with weren't any better than the poor and working-class. And so "the idea of placing our daughter in one of the small number of integrated schools troubled me. These schools are disproportionately white and serve the middle and upper middle classes, with a smattering of poor black and Latino students to create “'diversity.'”

Hannah-Jones dubs this practice"curated integration," which is more helpful to white and more affluent parents but does little to help poor communities of color. She doesn't want to buy into the two-tiered system that results: "I also believed that it is the choices of individual parents that uphold the system, and I was determined not to do what I’d seen so many others do when their values about integration collided with the reality of where to send their own children to school."

The point Hannah-Jones makes is obvious: Individual choices, not just systemic policies, contribute to segregated schools.

She's not the first to make it. Last year, somewhat hypocritically, President Obama lamented: "Kids start going to private schools... And that, in part, contributes to the fact that there’s less opportunity for our kids, all of our kids."

Some folks criticized education leaders who sent their children to private schools, or moved to exclusive areas, or found magnet or gifted programs. Reform critic Matt Damon let it slip in 2013 that he wasn't sending his kids to a LAUSD school.

However, few of the big names in education are doing or have done this. Not Diane Ravitch, Michelle Rhee, Barack Obama... Not NJ Governor Chris Christie. Not Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The list goes on and on.

Indeed, the conventional explanation has been that parents -- be they political figures, education leaders, or everyday citizens -- were justified to make a choice that's best for their kids, separate from what might be best for the community.

"I was told by more than one person that I had to do what was best for my son and the amount of hassle/BS/politics I would run into would make it not worth it," says Kate Phillippo, who I know from Chicago.

With her story, Hannah-Jones tears into the justification that so many education leaders and others have made, exposing the moral quandary that is just under the surface.

There are a few folks who've made choices similar to Hannah-Jones', however -- which either shows that this is a possible area of growth for more parents to choice, or illustrates how rare and unpopular a decision it is.

Chicago's Marilyn Rhames, a veteran teacher, writes "I made the same decision that with Hannah-Jones made, except that my approach was to try to enroll my kids at the schools where I taught to hold myself accountable for teaching every kid like s/he was my own and to expect the same from my colleagues."

This has included a mix of low-income, mostly African-American neighborhood schools, charter schools, and a brief stint at a Catholic school. "I wish more education reformers and unionized educators alike would start putting their money (or, in this case, biological children) where their ideological mouth is," writes Rhames, who wrote about the issue in a February column How to Keep Ourselves Honest in School Politics. "I often wonder how effective any of us can really be if we spend our professional careers fighting against systemic injustice, but we navigate our personal lives in such a way that we remain completely untouched by it.... Our jockeying for educational advantages for our own children can be both righteous and reckless, creating a complicated, entangled web of conflicts of interest and strange bedfellows.

San Francisco's Caroline Grannan says "we chose a more diverse, lower-scoring middle school as opposed to the almost-entirely Asian-and-white. higher-scoring options." At the time, 2002, it had high black and Latino populations, according to Grannan. "We wanted the greater diversity. Others at our kids' K-5 school scorned the middle school as a "dirty," "dangerous" "ghetto" school (though it's not in a "ghetto" that was the rep)."

Minneapolis's Beth Hawkins reports that she sends one son to "a school that's 93 percent students of color and American Indian and 92 percent free and reduced-price lunch. It's not high scoring, but the second highest-growth middle school in the city." Another son goes to a much higher-scoring and more affluent school. "Different choices for different kids."

Other education luminaries whom I'm told have sent their children to low-scoring neighborhood schools -- but haven't been able to confirm -- include Chris Edley, Gary Orfield. "He did this long, long ago on Capitol Hill, many decades before it gentrified."

The motivation behind choosing a segregated school is an issue, as much as making the choice in the first place.On Facebook, Heather Harding writes "I'm a little skeptical of this sacrificial perspective that integration is some cause for individuals to take on. If we think integrated educational settings are beneficial we should just cultivate them. I respect the NYT lady's crusade but... ?"

Also on Facebook, longtime civil rights activist Dianne Piche writes that she made a similar decision with her children, now in their 20s - but not out of any sort of sacrifice: "Over 25 years ago, my husband and I bought a home in a racially, culturally and economically diverse community that also had well-resourced public schools and excellent recreation facilities. We raised 3 sons who attended schools that were majority non-white and where families came from 40 different countries. Their schools had higher enrollments of students eligible for free/reduced lunch and English learners. And, yes, average test scores were lower than less diverse schools elsewhere in the Washington suburbs. At no time and in no way, however, did we feel we were "sacrificing" them on an alter of principle. That is a ridiculous idea."

For journalists interested in covering school segregation, this NYT story suggests that individual choices made by parents and elected officials can be an effective way to address a story that can otherwise seem overwhelming or complex -- and that the long tradition of giving parents and leaders a "pass" on where they send their own children may be unraveling.

Related posts: The Liberal Case Against Private EducationPrivate School Hypocrisy Pro/ConDebate Erupts Over Matt Damon Sending Kids to Private SchoolChristie Vehemently Defends Sending Kids To Private School.

Cross-posted at The Grade. 

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