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Afternoon Video: $500,000 AFT Ad Supports Clinton In Ohio

"The AFT Solidarity Fund is spending $500,000 for the 30-second ad called “Coming Together,” which looks to close out the contentious presidential race on a hopeful note as a way to persuade undecided and unenthusiastic voters to vote for Clinton." Via Washington Post

Maps: Common Core? Still There.

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Here's an updated version of EdWeek's Tracking the Common Core State Standards map, in case you forgot which states are doing what.  By EdWeek's count, 37 states have "Kept Common-Core Adoption," 9 in red have announced "a Major Common Core Rewrite or Replacement," 4 never adopted Common Core, and 1 only adopted ELA standards. Note that they "have not tried to pick apart each state’s standards and judge which ones created new standards that are truly distinct from the common core. Adopting “new” standards can mean different things in different states, so different people might come to different judgments about the total number of states that use the common core." Click the link to see the interactive version with state-level details. 

Morning Video: John Oliver Takes On Northern School Segregation

As highlighted on Last Week Tonight, there's no school racism/segregation like Northern racism/segregation

AM News: Teacher Prep Enrollment Surge, Labor Boosts Clinton Campaign, & More

Finally, turnaround in CA teacher prep enrollment cabinetreport.com/human-resource…

Push to expand California charter school enrollments provokes backlash edsource.org/2016/push-to-e…

Supporters Of A Chicago School Merger Hope To Stamp Out Segregation npr.org/2016/10/29/499…

A Vote For California Prop 58 Lifts Bilingual Education Ban npr.org/2016/10/29/499…

What’s the holdup over switching to later start times for St. Paul’s secondary students?minnpost.com/education/2016…

Think Democrats Take Labor’s Money and Loyalty for Granted? Here’s Proof. - In These Times  ow.ly/W7B2305H4BH

Youngest Syrian refugees enroll in Fresno Unified schools | Fresno Bee ow.ly/SGQ3305FIWd

Some say San Diego schools are moving too fast to integrate immigrant students into classes  sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigrati…

Tampa teacher, facing firing, describes year-end music test as her "worst nightmare" | Tampa Bay Times  ow.ly/4Jsv305EV70

When 'Jeopardy!' comes to school - LA Times ow.ly/dk1i305F6Kb

CPS deal with CTU would cost about $8.9 billion over 4 years | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/lrNz305H4LU
 
 

Quotes: "I Wanted My Kids Back"

Quotes2As school people, we shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to talk about it being a money game. I need to fill up my seats to bring in the money to keep the programs...I wanted my kids back.

--  Grand Praire Independent School District Superintendent Susan Simpson Hull in the WSJ (Public Schools Turn to Marketing to Win Back Students From Charters)

AM News: MA's $33 Million Charter School Fight, Clinton's $500M Anti-Bullying Proposal, & More

Where The Money Comes From In The Fight Over Charter Schools | Edify pllqt.it/D20Xor

Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Clinton proposes $500 million federal program to combat bullying washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Chicago Board of Education approves $1 billion in more borrowing | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/PLgU305CRuQ

Parents Question $840 Million In CPS Construction Bonds wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Clinton Says New Bullying Plan Will Undo Harm of Trump Campaign the74million.org/article/clinto…

Washington beats national average on science exams  seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

As many as 13 staff members injured in high school fight hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Merger Of Two Disparate Chicago Public Schools Resurfaces wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Education Initiatives: Support for Prop. 55 strong but lags for Prop. 51 edsource.org/2016/education…

Can LA Unified fairly oversee the charter schools it competes against? | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/maAh305BQCW

L.A. Unified has persistent problems resolving allegations of teacher misconduct latimes.com/local/educatio…

A school board member's support for Trump stirs a free speech debate washingtonpost.com/news/education…

4 Myths About School Bullying And The 'Trump Effect' npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Morning Video: Mindful Moments In West Baltimore Elementary School

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AM News: Science Scores, Absent Teachers, Long Beach Discipline

U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders show gains on national science test  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning - AP ow.ly/HXj4305Alsd

Science Scores on ‘Nation’s Report Card’ Rise in 4th and 8th Grade, Stay Stagnant in 12th  the74million.org/article/scienc…

National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Science test: California students at the bottom ow.ly/WeME305Ao32

How well are California's students doing in science? latimes.com/local/educatio…

More than 1 in 4 U.S. teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school – The Denver Post ow.ly/ZjDr305AnvR

Report: Long Beach schools need to overhaul discipline policies scpr.org/news/2016/10/2…

SF responds to parents in algebra dispute sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…

Parents Question $840 Million In CPS Construction Bonds wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

New Orleans’ uphill battle for more black and homegrown teachers hechingerreport.org/new-orleans-up…

Update: What's Going On In Massachusetts?

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There's no shortage of activity in Massachusetts, with just under two weeks until the voters decide on whether to expand charter schools. As you can see above, big bunches of local school committees have come out against lifting the cap. Impressive, but no big surprise.

Meantime, the Schott Foundation posted this statement against the measure, which is something you don't usally see foundations do.

 

Cartoons: "We Believe In The *Concept* Of Public Education"

Morning Video: Trump-Clinton Education Showdown From Miami

Much has been written about last week's Great City Schools debate in Miami between Mildred Otero (for Clinton) and Carl Paladino (for Trump). Read all about it below. Watch above or click here and you can see it as it happened.

Related Coverage: Divisive Trump Surrogate Draws Boos at Education ConferenceTrump surrogate: GOP candidate would dismantle 'corrupted ...Clinton Is 'Big' Backer of Charters, and Trump Will Trim Ed. Dept ...

 

AM News: MA Charter Battle, Unions Helping Clinton, DC Charters Soar

In Bid to Lift Mass. Charter Cap, Pitched Battle Rages - Education Week ow.ly/iSZ8305y7gF

Union-Member Teachers Put Muscle Behind Clinton nzzl.us/FSYTv14

Fearing Election Day Trouble, Some US Schools Cancel Classes - ABC News ow.ly/L8av305y7r6

D.C. charter enrollment continues to soar as more families choose public schools  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

New Upper West Side school integration plans reignite an old fight politico.com/states/new-yor…

The Return Of Bilingual Education In California? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

How 25 years of changing enrollment has created winners and losers in Pa. school funding ow.ly/xNVk305wIBR

Pearson hires IBM’s Watson as its tutor denverpost.com/2016/10/25/pea…
 
Md. education official resigns, slams Gov. Hogan as threat to board’s independence  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
$300,000/Year program seeks to help SF teachers live in the city sfgate.com/education/arti…
 
Denver Looks to Invest $10 Million in Master-Teacher Program blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…
 
Seattle principal apologizes for blacks-only senior pledge seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…
 
Mississippi high school dismisses football player over noose incident on.si.com/2eHC6Xr
 
Students witness shooting of teen outside Utah middle school hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
NYC principal beaten after asking student to turn down music hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
 
 

Quotes: How Gentrifiers Can Hurt Neighborhood Schools

Quotes2They don’t inject themselves in the neighborhood. They don’t care about the school across street, because they’re going to put their kids in private school, miles away. So the school across the street suffers as a result of that. As that schools suffers, then maybe it becomes less safe, because maybe the kids in that school end up dropping out, because they’re frustrated. Those kids maybe get involved in things that are a little less savory, and so now these wealthy people are saying, “We need a police presence to protect us from these people.”

Comedian Wyatt Cenac in The Grist (On mayo, hair salons, and gentrification)

Charts: Within-District Racial Segregation May Surprise You

From Brookings.

Morning Video: School "Walk-Ins" From Around The Nation

Here's an AFT video compilation of AROS "Walk-Ins" from a few weeks ago. 

AM News: Showdown In Miami, Sentencing For Former Chicago Supe, & More

Divisive Trump Surrogate Draws Boos at Education Conference | The 74 ow.ly/6xbV305vvWO

Trump would replace 'corrupted, incompetent' school systems, aide says | NOLA.comow.ly/FFB0305vupw

Teachers Get Schooled on Talking Race wnyc.org/story/how-talk…

L.A. Unified takes a harder look at its charter schools. Critics blame politics ow.ly/IjF4305vtZX

Barbara Byrd-Bennett sentencing hearing set for April 13 | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/uxu2305vuGD 

Sentencing date set for ex-Chicago schools superintendent - AP Article ow.ly/hjJq305vuqL

Boston school closings back on the table - The Boston Globe ow.ly/QNTT305vuKg

Minority parents decry charter cap | Boston Herald pllqt.it/jTDNac

Ariana’s Journey to Becoming Ryan - WSJ ow.ly/LOlZ305vuIn

Matt Damon takes on Philly schools in new documentary newsworks.org/index.php/educ…
 
White Mississippi students put a noose around a black student's neck, TV station says |NOLA.com ow.ly/92Up305vunQ
 
Parents Challenge Upper West Side Schools Proposal - WSJ ow.ly/f2jj305us4S
 
10 Last-Minute Classroom-Friendly Halloween Costumes bit.ly/2eDL209
 
 

Quotes: What "Vice Principals" Reveals About Public Perception Of School Bureaucrats

Quotes2Here, untalented people can at least become middle managers that revel in petty beefs and care more about job security, individual autonomy, and popularity than they do the students they’re expected to prioritize.

-- The Atlantic (HBO's 'Vice Principals' Shows Authentic In-School Dynamics)

 

Morning Video: The African-American Debate Over Charters

While we're waiting for video from last week's CGCS debate between Clinton and Trump delegates, here's a segment from a recent discussion about African-American parents and charter schools, hosted by Roland Martin. 

 

AM News: Big Schools Money In California, & Other Education News

School groups led by CalTeachers raise $35 million for unopposed ballot measures  cabinetreport.com/politics-educa…

Powerful interest groups funding Wiener-Kim state Senate race - San Francisco Chronicle  ow.ly/k3sX305rVWA 

Teachers union mobilizes to boost turnout for education-related initiatives edsource.org/2016/teachers-…

How We Teach English Learners: 3 Basic Approaches npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
Chicago Has 11,000 Fewer Public School Students wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Education secretary visits Coolidge, a D.C. high school struggling with tragedy  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

 
AFT President Weingarten To Appear At Public Events Supporting Clinton And Local Candidates | Los Alamos Daily ow.ly/ul82305sYk1
 
WikiLeaks poisons Hillary’s relationship with left - POLITICO ow.ly/ijQn305sWI6
 
Clinton Is 'Big' Backer of Charters, and Trump Will Trim Ed. Dept., Surrogates
 
A once nearly all-white school district has a new largest group: Hispanic students  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
A year after the assault at Spring Valley, one student turns her pain into progress huff.to/2exxCU1
 

Quotes: About Those Grad Rates...

Funding: State, Local, & Federal Spending Still Lags

Campaign 2016: Trump's History Of Disrespecting Educators Goes Back To Childhood

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Over at ThinkProgress, Ulrich Boser has rounded up numerous incidents in which Donald Trump has expressed his contempt for teachers, including in his own school years, as a businessman, and as a political candidate.

AM News: Top Democratic Lawmaker Backs MA Charter Expansion

House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he supports the charter school ballot measure #question2 bos.gl/LNLiPqQ #mapoli

Robert A. DeLeo backs 2 despite union opposition | Boston Herald http://ow.ly/xtKk305oXIy

House Speaker Robert DeLeo backing charter school ballot question http://ow.ly/y8pa305oXEJ

To Help Combat Truancy, D.C. Schools Are Turning To A Smartphone App wamu.org/news/16/10/21/…

Texas May Be Denying Tens Of Thousands Of Children Special Education npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Cleveland District CEO Named Urban Educator of the Year blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Distric…

Buffalo Teachers Agree to Contract After 12-Year Stalemate the74million.org/article/the-la…

Alternative school student's leg amputated after contractor slammed him to ground, lawyer says washingtonpost.com/news/education

School district requires $15 background checks for all visitors — including parents washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sh…

Afternoon Video: How US Schools Are Addressing Arrival Of Refugee Students

"Some refugee students are enrolled in "newcomer" classes where they are provided intense English instruction before being placed in mainstream classrooms. Others go directly into classes with English-fluent peers but are assigned to smaller groups for individual instruction. Teachers are trained in identifying trauma, and on-site counselors help students who need extra attention." via AP

Morning Video: Campaign 2016 A Tough Assignment For Teachers

"It’s not uncommon to assign students the task of watching the presidential debates. But in this election, the sexualized and rough rhetoric is proving a new challenge for teachers." via PBS NewsHour (For educators, there’s no debate: this is a tough election to teach)

AM News: King Slams Charter Caps, SF High School Shaken By Shooting

 King: Arbitrary caps on charter schools 'don’t make sense' ow.ly/eEmk100mKPt

Secretary King: Strong Civics Education Helps Prepare Students to Tackle Inequity  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

When CA schools call cops it disproportionately hurts minority students, civil rights study finds - LA Times  ow.ly/x8gs305lvLP

San Francisco high school 'shaken' after 4 students wounded by gunfire outside campus  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Huntington Park leaders vote to ban new charter schools for a year latimes.com/local/educatio…

These states are spending less on education now than before the Great Recession  washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Chicago Teachers Union delegates endorse contract proposal - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/5q6v305mv4Y

In unusual move, LA Unified board denies renewals to five charter schools edsource.org/2016/in-unusua…

Seattle teachers hope their cause isn’t lost amid noise over Black Lives Matter shirts seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Ex-teacher slits his throat in O.C. court after being convicted of raping girl fw.to/CXXCDUd

Tacoma's 'drunk teacher' watched her shame go viral. Then she killed herself kuow.org/post/tacomas-d…
 
Yes, an after-school Satan Club could be coming to your kid's grade school   latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
Educators Went To Jail For Cheating. What Happened To The Students? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

To be white is to be racist, period,' a high school teacher told his class washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Charts: What Happened To Wisconsin & Vermont's Grad Rates?

Campaign 2016: Trump & Clinton On Education

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via NPR: Where Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Stand On 10 Policy Issues

AM News: Tonight's Debate, Labor Funding, State Grad Rates, & More

Where Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Stand On 10 Policy Issues [including education] : NPR  ow.ly/OSZJ305j8km

Labor funding to outside political groups increases 38% as part of an effort to boost Clinton - WSJ  ow.ly/NFTv305ktTT

Which States Have Seen the Most Progress (or None at All) on Graduation Rates? - Education Week  ow.ly/iKvK305kv36

L.A. Unified decides fate of six charter schools; El Camino leader resigns latimes.com/local/educatio…

Gary Solomon pleads guilty to fraud in Chicago schools bribery case hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

3 Students Shot Outside San Francisco High School: Police abcnews.go.com/US/students-sh…

UNO teachers, Chicago charter network avert strike - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/6VO3305kvYn

U.S. Minority Students Less Exposed to Computer Science gallup.com/poll/196307/mi…

Texas House Digging in Heels for School Voucher Fight kut.org/post/texas-hou…

Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight Gives $500 Million for University of Oregon Science Center - WSJ ow.ly/NbB4305kwlM
 
Parent Group Seeks More Integration in New York’s Schools nytimes.com/2016/10/19/nyr…
 
Group Urges Moving Popular School in Manhattan Rezoning Fight - WSJ ow.ly/je5A100mFaS
 
 
 

Books: The Agony Of Anxious College-Educated Brooklyn Parents

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Having had the chance to read an early copy of Lucinda Rosenfeld's new book, CLASS, last weekend, I wanted to be sure to recommend it to you as quickly as possible -- even though you may not be able to get a hold of a copy for a little while longer and despite the fact that I hope to interview Rosenfeld about her novel in the next few days.

Without giving too much away, the novel tells the story of a college-educated white family in Brooklyn whose condo is zoned for a local school whose demographics and test scores have not kept up with the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood. 

[This happens all the time when neighborhoods gentrify, and is so predictable (and often upsetting to many of those involved) that I long ago proposed that it would be smart to change federal education funding to ease the pain for these schools whose poverty rates are plummeting (and also that there should be someone in charge of school gentrification in districts like Chicago, DC, and NYC).]

Of course, there's another school a few blocks over that's already flipped, demographically and otherwise, and is an appealing option for parents who are deeply concerned (or wildly over-anxious) about their offspring's academic and life success.

There's just one catch: the only families that are supposed to send their children to that school are those who live nearby (or used to) or can find some other way of wheedling their way in.

In telling this ripped-from-the-headlines tale, Rosenfeld does a great job detailing the families and feelings that accompany Brooklyn gentrifiers, and the tradeoffs involved in making individual versus collective decisions. There are also some fantastic misunderstandings, hilarious sendups (of Success Academy, among other things), and interesting reflections on what it's like to be white, guilty, anxious, and altruistic in alternating moments. 

This is not a deep policy book, or even always entirely serious in terms of how it addresses education issues. But the issues it raises are serious underneath the satire, and the dynamics among parents, teachers, and children seem fairly realistic. Think of it as the guilty pleasure version of Nikole Hannah-Jones' NYT Sunday Magazine piece about how she chose a school for her child, or a schools-focused satire along the lines of The Corrections.

At times, I found myself wishing that Rosenfeld had taken the satire even further, out to the ridiculous edges where Gary Shteyngart and others go, with crossing guards checking children's home addresses as they wave them across the street, but I still found CLASS smart, enjoyable, and easy to recommend for a certain kind of schools-obsessed reader.  Maybe you know someone? 

Afternoon Video: Criminalization, Segregation, & Race

This Netflix documentary "Thirteenth" isn't specifically focused on education, and doesn't address residential segregation nearly as much as it should (another kind of imprisonment, right?), but is still important and worth watching.

Quotes: You Think Fixing Education Is Hard? Try Poverty.

Quotes2So is the answer to address concentrated poverty? Sure. Except that, if anything, attempts to address poverty have a worse track record than attempts to improve education. Hell, attempts to address poverty have such a bad track record that even credulous pundits rarely bother writing about it anymore. Nobody really seems to have any compelling answers, and for about 90% of the country it's just too easy to ignore the problem entirely. 

Kevin Drum, in Mother Jones (2010) Schools and Poverty

 

Morning Video: Obama Touts Graduation Rates, Urges Further Progress

Via PBS NewsHour.

AM News: Obama Takes Grad Rate Victory Lap, LAUSD Recommends Charter Denials

Solid academics may not be enough to keep six L.A. charter schools open latimes.com/local/educatio…

Record number of charter schools, all outperforming district schools, recommended for denial - LA School Report http://ow.ly/ihJC305i36k

Chicago may pay $50M to entice older teachers to retire in June | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/BBeo305i0tk

WA pouring billions into schools, but are they ‘fully funded’? Districts say no seattletimes.com/seattle-news/p…

Obama lauds climbing graduation rate but wants higher test scores dailynews.com/social-affairs…

California high school graduation rates close in on national average edsource.org/2016/californi…

California poll shows strong support for Common Core standards dailynews.com/social-affairs…

Obama touts education record at D.C.’s Banneker High School washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
Research Shows Students Can Benefit When a School Closes — but Only If There Are Better Ones to Attend  the74million.org/article/resear…

Civility reigns in Reimnitz-Walser race for Minneapolis school board seat  minnpost.com/education/2016…

Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport' npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Strike Deadline Looms for UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Union | Chicago Tonight | WTTW  ow.ly/wHOF305i1tM
 
AltSchool: A private school with more than $100 million will share its technology with three other schools hechingerreport.org/private-school…
 
Seattle public school teachers are putting on Black Lives Matter shirts this week | KUOW News and Information  ow.ly/xM3r305i0v4
 
Middle school principal accused of paying hitman to kill pregnant girlfriend | NOLA.com ow.ly/gYzm305i09D
 

Quotes: No One Is Going To "Disrupt" Teachers Anyway

Quotes2Personalized education? OK, maybe. But don’t tell me you want your kids brought up in a classroom without teachers... No one is going to disrupt teachers away. Teaching is probably the most difficult of all current jobs for an AI to manage. 

-- Hank Green in Medium (You Can’t Fix Education)

Morning Video: Clinton Advisor Talks Education (But Not NAACP) In NYC

Last week's Chris Edley talk at the Teachers College included lots of conversation about education and politics, but no indication of the Democratic candidate's position on the NAACP resolution, according to Chalkbeat coverage of the event.

AM News: NAACP Endorses Charter Moratorium, White House Touts Record HS Grad Rate

Members of Memphis List rode three buses to Cincinnati to protest the @NAACP decision on charter schools commercialappeal.com/story/news/edu…

Protesters interrupt NAACP board meeting in Cincinnati http://ow.ly/sALF305fvC4

The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools | Huffington Post http://ow.ly/4HmG305fvaD

NAACP Officially Calls for a Ban on New Charter Schools blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charter…

Nation's high school graduation rate reaches new record high washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Graduation Rate Hits Record High of 83.2 Percent blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Union workers rally, urge votes for Clinton and McGinty - Philly.com ow.ly/uuSz305ftY6

Bridgeport school board in turmoil ctpost.com/local/article/…

AFT Criticizes 'Neovouchers' for Private Schools ow.ly/d81J305ftX4

KIPP strives to lift New Orleans grads past their struggles ow.ly/iOYR305ejIe

Fairfax school system hopes to put another $100 million toward teacher raises  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

What you need to know about the $9-billion school bond on the ballot latimes.com/local/educatio…

Tiny city becomes battleground in larger war over LA charter school expansionscpr.org/news/2016/10/1… 

Should New Orleans have closed so many schools? Study explores charter trend nola.com/education/inde…

Here's What Chicago Teachers Won & Lost In Contract Deal ... - DNAinfo news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

#EDgif Of The Day: POTUS At The Flight Simulator

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (October 8-14, 2016)

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BEST OF THE WEEK

Slate: Teachers struggle to figure out how to respond to "Trump Effect” in K–12 schools https://t.co/sLjI8WuUyw

EdWeek:AFT Worried Joel Klein Was Helping Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Chalkbeat: AFT freaked out after Joel Klein was rumored to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign, WikiLeaks email shows https://t.co/hDrQLFZMcs

Washington Post;Obama administration releases long-delayed regulations for teacher-preparation programs https://t.co/zhjXWpPCXz

EdWeek: New Federal Teacher-Prep Rules Draw Praise and Criticism

Chicago Tribune: Chicago charter school teachers remain in contract battle, could strike next week https://t.co/DfTf2uXUiG  See also WBEZ

LA Times: Parents who want their kids in L.A.’s most competitive magnet schools face daunting odds  

Sacramento Bee:Sacramento emergency school sees dramatic rise in homeless kids https://t.co/jmF6mZloEl

St. Paul home visits stretch teachers and build relationships https://t.co/oihTuBRgVZ

SCPR: Why an organization once seen as LA Unified's biggest threat now plans to give money to LAUSD schools https://t.co/6CzN6DoHmT
 
WNYC: AltSchool: When Silicon Valley Takes on Elementary School https://t.co/AlnzJJny7J
 
NPR: Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area' http://ow.ly/FEwq305c2xP
 
USA Today: Sesame Survey: 58% of teachers say most children today are disrespectful  https://t.co/KbJXRisvgl
 
FROM "THE GRADE"

An Unexpectedly Beautiful Story About Detroit Public Schools 

Slate’s Revamped Education Coverage Yields Mixed Results

 

KICKERS

Denver Post: Colorado schools ban clown costumes for Halloween https://t.co/vJyoEJhMsi

NYT: Uprooted to Brooklyn, and Nourished by Cricket https://t.co/notSsxedFv

Quotes: Unfocused, Ego-Driven Ventures Undo & Discredit Education Investments

Quotes2Time and again in education, big-name investors have launched companies with the broadest ambitions, only to be undone by more-focused players...The benefits of a national footprint are seldom as obvious. Yet it is national scale that many ventures have sought. That failure, repeated so consistently, has given credible fodder to people who resist the active participation of for-profit enterprises in the educational sphere.
 
Jonathan Knee in The Atlantic (Why For-Profit Education Fails)

Morning Video: Gentrification, Private Schooling, & Public Housing

Here's another documentary about gentrification that involves education, focusing in part on Avenues, the pricey NYC private school called Avenues built near public housing. Read more about it at CityLab or at

 

 

AM News: Charter Cap & Strike Emerge As Issues In Chicago

Chicago charter school teachers remain in contract battle, could strike next week - Chicago Tribune  ow.ly/5DaS305b8CJ

Charter School Teachers Picket Ahead Of Possible Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
 
Chicago Charter Schools Could Be Collateral Damage In Teacher Contract wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
Sacramento emergency school sees dramatic rise in homeless kids sacb.ee/7G9f
 
Minority hiring advocate tells BPS to get more ‘aggressive’ #maedu #BOSed #mapoli bostonherald.com/news/local_cov…

Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home  npr.org/2016/10/13/497…

New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says | Chalkbeat ow.ly/g03B305b8H1

A New Generation of All-Girls Schools theatlantic.com/education/arch…
 
These are the 100 U.S. school districts that are actively pursuing socioeconomic integration  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
California's preschools are deeply segregated, new report finds scpr.org/news/2016/10/1…
 

"Evicted" Author Talks About Housing's Impact On Poor Students & Education

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The connections between housing and education are no secret at this point.

Earlier this week, New York media outlets including the NYT noted that homeless children have higher absentee rates because they’re trying to travel to schools that aren’t close to the shelters to which they’ve been assigned.

A recent Washington Post article noted “the remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you help their parents with rent. Researchers speculate that parents who don’t have to worry about paying private-sector rents “might have more time to spend on their children — helping them with their homework, keeping them out of trouble and guiding them to a more successful adulthood.”

Even years after the Great Recession, districts like Sacramento are seeing spikes in homeless children.

Matthew Desmond’s much-discussed book, Evicted, makes the connection all too clear. Desmond was recently named to Politico’s 50. As you may recall, I wrote about Desmond last month.

In a recent Housing Matters interview, Desmond described the impact of evictions this way: “People lose their communities. Kids lose their schools…They move into neighborhoods with higher crime rates. They also relocate to housing that has more housing problems.”

In The Atlantic, Desmond notes “We value fairness in this country. We value equal opportunity. Without a stable home, those ideals really fall apart. Without the ability to plant roots and invest in your community or your school… eviction becomes something of an inevitability to you.”

In a recent phone interview, Desmond emphasized the housing-school connections in his work. The relationship between housing and education is “huge for me,” said Desmond, and keeps coming up on his book tour. 

“I remember I was in Phoenix a few months ago and a teacher stood up and told me that 40 percent of her students who start the year with her will not be there the last week of school. She said, ‘Before reading your book, I never knew why.’”

It's not that poor families want to move as much as they end up moving. These families would love to keep their children in the same school, but are often unable to do so. Poor families spending well north of 50 percent of their income on rent are vulnerable to eviction, which requires them to move suddenly even if it’s the middle of the school year. 

This level of churn is far from desirable. “If we want more family and school stability, we need a lot fewer evictions,” said Desmond.

Making matters worse, evicted families generally move into worse neighborhoods and worse housing, which generally have lower-performing schools.  

In between between evictions, children from poor families live in overcrowded conditions that have direct effects on their ability to do well in school. One of the families Desmond profiled in his book was far too crowded and noisy to allow children to do homework, he recalled.

Of course, high housing costs are also affecting teachers directly, making it difficult for them to afford housing in some places.

Desmond also reports that some middle and high school teachers are teaching the book as part of units on poverty and homelessness. “I’ve been thrilled to hear from high school students around the country that have read the book,” he said. “It’s been a pleasant surprise.”

And the impact on parents’ ability to support their children’s school success should not be underestimated, according to Desmond. “We have to come to terms with all the bandwidth that this crisis is sucking out of parents minds,” he said. “If I was a mom spending 80 percent of income on rent, facing inevitable eviction, I don’t think I’d have that extra brainpower to think about school lotteries or magnets schools.”

Quotes: NYT Editorial Page Joins WPost In Critiquing NAACP

Quotes2The N.A.A.C.P. has raised legitimate concerns that lawmakers and education officials need to take seriously. It notes, for example, that minority students are more likely to be suspended from charter schools than their white peers. That is, of course, outrageous, but it is an endemic problem to the public school system as a whole and not limited to charters. 

- NYT editorial page (A Misguided Attack on Charter Schools)

Morning Video: Chicago Union Head Describes Teacher Deal

 

Watch Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis describe what the teachers got and didn't get in the preliminary deal, and talk a bit about her relationship with Mayor Emanuel.

AM News: Controversial Teacher Prep Regulations, Chromebooks Vs. IPads, & Clowns

Obama administration releases final rules for teacher preparation programs - Inside Higher Ed  nzzl.us/CHwjtRe

Obama administration releases long-delayed regulations for teacher-preparation programs  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Final U.S. Teacher-Prep Regs Allow Flexibility on Student-Outcome Measures blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

N.Y. Congressional Race Highlights Testing, Charters, Common Core  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Union bloc on top, Louisiana's largest school system rethinks past nola.com/education/inde…

Full Pricetag On Chicago Public Schools, Teachers Union Deal Unknown wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Facebook education software spurs privacy fears | NOLA.com ow.ly/46fd3058MIB

New York City’s teachers union says it’s time for ‘positive friction’ with city | Chalkbeat  ow.ly/oO9N3058MvN
 
Bilingual education has been absent from California public schools for almost 20 years. But that may soon change latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home  npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
Chromebooks destroyed Apple in back-to-school shopping - MarketWatch ow.ly/aS3l3056UbR
 
Colorado schools ban clown costumes for Halloween denverpost.com/2016/10/12/col…
 

Quotes: Maybe The NAACP "Should Do Its Homework"?

Quotes2Cheering the call for a moratorium — and a similar resolution approved by the Movement for Black Lives — are the teachers unions that have waged a fierce battle against charters — and that have provided financial support for NAACP activities. It will be interesting to see if the NAACP acts in those interests or in the interests of the nearly 700,000 black families who send their children to public charter schools, and the tens of thousands more who are on waiting lists.

-- Washington Post editorial (The NAACP opposes charter schools. Maybe it should do its homework)

 

Lunchtime Video: Most Well-Intended Substitute Of All Time?

From last weekend's Saturday Night Live, in which Lin-Manuel Miranda plays a substitute who's not as innovative or effective as he'd like to be. 

People: Meet LinkedIn's "Next Wave" Of Education Leaders

AM News: Stolen Podesta Emails Reveal Union-Related Concerns (Klein, Sanders, Common Core)

WikiLeaks Emails: AFT Worried Joel Klein Was Helping Hillary Clinton's Campaign - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/sdNV3056kly

AFT freaked out after Joel Klein was rumored to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign, WikiLeaks email shows | Chalkbeat ow.ly/OWrd3056kjV

Wikileaks: NEA Was Ready to Call Off Hillary Endorsement Vote eiaonline.com/intercepts/201…

WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Calls Common Core a ‘Political Failure’ - Breitbart ow.ly/XIK03056k6l

Charter School Leaders Cry Foul Over Cap Slipped Into Negotiations To Avoid Chicago Teachers Strike| The 74 ow.ly/uWUY3056kfp

To Help Avert Teachers Strike, Alderman Agreed To Forego New School Named For Obama  wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot - NBC News ow.ly/Fewb3056khE

Exposed by suicide, Boulder students’ Facebook chat advocated killing blacks, Jews – The Denver Post ow.ly/vr9F3056ker

Why an organization once seen as LA Unified's biggest threat now plans to give money to LAUSD schools  scpr.org/news/2016/10/1…

Facebook-backed school software shows promise — and raises privacy concerns  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

AltSchool: When Silicon Valley Takes on Elementary School wnyc.org/story/altschoo…

St. Paul home visits stretch teachers and build relationships minnpost.com/education/2016…

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