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Media: Best Education Journalism 2016

With 2016 quickly winding down, let’s take a look back at the year’s education journalism gems.

As you will see, there’s no shortage of quality work. Clearly, there are lots of smart, hard-working, and extremely devoted reporters and editors working to bring stories about American schools to readers.

Short of time? The 2016 story with the most real-world impact is probably the Houston Chronicle’s expose of state-led limitations on special education. The most explosive story might have been the NYT’s story about a Success Academy charter school teacher’s outburst, captured on video. The most memorable piece is probably Nikole Hannah-Jones’ first-person essay on choosing a majority-black school for her daughter.

But you’ll be missing a lot if you stick to those three

NATIONAL / POLITICAL

 

With the late-2015 passage of ESSA and Common Core and standardized testing being all but ignored in Campaign 2016, this wasn’t a big year for education on the national scene. But there are still several pieces worth highlighting.

The untold story behind Bernie Sanders’s 1963 arrest http://ow.ly/k2X6307hwTL

The dramatic black and white pictures, combined with the fascinating and little-known tale of Sanders’ involvement in school desgregation efforts, made this Chicago Reader piece something everyone who came across it wanted to read.

Meet The Organizer Behind Education Protests Sweeping The Country http://ow.ly/4nfLfS

This Think Progress story takes us behind the scenes and help us understand the people and dynamics that are shaping what’s happening on the streets or at press conferences. (For more behind-the-scenes coverage, see The Atlantic’s story titled The Ambitious Education Plan of the Black Lives Matter Movement http://ow.ly/wwGO307jnb2 and NPR’s Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers http://ow.ly/p8dJ307jIqf.)

Crushing defeat leaves charter-school movement in limbo http://ow.ly/imSB307hGap

This Boston Globe piece gives the fascinating backstory behind the Massachusetts ballot fight over charter schools, in which outside money was trumped by a massive, methodical, teacher-led ground game. For more about Question 2, see Money at the heart of the Mass. charter debate http://ow.ly/1rZ3307gugQ.

The Education of Barack Obama http://ow.ly/TNLi307goZB

The Nation takes a big-picture look at the Obama education agenda as it evolved over time — from a focus on charters, standards, and accountability to a more recent emphasis on integration and school discipline. (For more high-quality campaign coverage, see also The Atlantic piece titled Hours Before Campaigning With Obama, Clinton Tries to Distance Herself on Education http://ow.ly/Gl0r307jmVh.)

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Thursday AM News: Revamped Teacher Evaluation In NY, DeVos & Charters, & More

NYC Education Officials ReviseTeacher Evaluations wnyc.org/story/educatio…

Proposed NYC Teacher Evaluation Plan Emphasizes Classroom Work, Projects - WSJ ow.ly/4fao307md3p

CA awards $20 million in grants to help more school employees become teachers | EdSource ow.ly/XIU7307mOlB

Students of color changing the face of Washington schools — and the state, too seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

Retired teachers asked to help troubled Virginia district nola.com/education/inde…

Charter schools have an ally in Betsy DeVos - Marketplace ow.ly/wW3f307mOiR

California schools chief urges districts to declare themselves 'safe havens' latimes.com/local/educatio…

CalPERS cuts earnings forecast; school districts to pay more for pensions edsource.org/2016/calpers-c…

New York Lifts Ban on Teachers Discussing State Test Questions blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

Argentina's tough truths for improving schools - BBC News ow.ly/BcrR307mPvF

Many Schools Train Staff To Use Active Responses To Gunmen npr.org/2016/12/21/506…

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails - NPR npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Can Michigan Sustain Its Multitiered Supports? - Education Week ow.ly/FB61307kNjv

Wednesday News: DC's New Superintendent, Online Charter Surge, Textbook Progress, & More

Online Charter Schools Prepare For A Trump-Era Boom buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl…
 
Antwan Wilson confirmed as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools - The Washington Post ow.ly/HCpj307kNls
 
UNESCO Survey Looks At Problems And Progress In The World's Textbooks : Goats and Soda : NPR ow.ly/8Zst307kNql

Maryland state school board considering vouchers, charters for failing schools - Baltimore Sun ow.ly/lzg0307kNnr

Achievement First charter school gets OK to triple enrollment ow.ly/kjME307k3LR

There's A Simple Way To Help Kids Learn More: Start School Later huffingtonpost.com/2016/12/19/sch…

Why one Colorado school district voted to let teachers carry guns to class latimes.com/local/educatio…

Sources: New High School In The Works For Englewood | Chicago WBEZ ow.ly/y8r2307kOi8

Meet the educators trying to fix California's "broken" remedial education system scpr.org/news/2016/12/2…

Brooklyn Superintendent Spearheads Charter-District School Collaboration - Bed-Stuy - DNAinfo New York ow.ly/bQnm307kP03

AM News: Snow Days, Success Report, Lead Testing, & More

How Often the Country's Largest Districts Have Snow Days - The Atlantic ow.ly/jgNm307iMGy

Success Academy May Have Overcharged City for Special Education Services, Audit Says nytimes.com/2016/12/19/nyr…

NYC Comptroller Finds Financial Irregularities at Success Academy Charter Schools - WSJ ow.ly/eaCq307hBEI

Water at New York City Schools Will Be Retested for Lead nytimes.com/2016/12/19/nyr…

Grandmother Turned Education Activist Battles NAACP Over Charter Schools - Charters & Choice - Education Week ow.ly/EReJ307iOfV

Alabama Admits Its High School Graduation Rate Was Inflated npr.org/sections/ed/20…

SF district to provide pathway to teaching credentials sfgate.com/education/arti…

Can free public Montessori survive in Detroit? | Chalkbeat ow.ly/G2vM307iMgF

Deadly school bus crash spurs 1 company to add seat belts hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

AM News: District Wants To Secede, Revisiting LAUSD's One-Day Shutdown, & More

Report on L.A. school shutdown shows confusion over who was in charge, technology shortcomings  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Analysis of last year’s school shutdown shows need for better computers, communication | LA School Report ow.ly/Xijn307fQox

D.C.’s overhauled training program is paying off for some teachers washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Pakistanis Mark 2nd Anniversary of Peshawar School Attack abcnews.go.com/International/…

This Mostly White City Wants To Leave Its Mostly Black School District npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Denver school board votes to close three low-performing schools under new policy  denverpost.com/2016/12/16/dps…

Driver Charged After School Bus Carrying 19 Overturns abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/s…

Bellevue students outperform national, global peers on international test seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Student Test Scores Are on the Rise. Does That Mean Common Core Is Working? | The 74 ow.ly/leGk307fRyE

Alternative high schools are giving D.C. students another shot at graduation  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

New York City to Close ‘Persistently Struggling’ School in the South Bronx nytimes.com/2016/12/16/nyr…

AM News: Success Buys, Bush Staffers Help, Missouri School Apologies, & More

Success Academy Buys Space in Manhattan Tower for 2 New Schools nytimes.com/2016/12/15/nyr…

Success Academy to Pay $68 Million for Space for New NYC School - WSJ ow.ly/UzXA307b0c2

Former Bush Staffers Helping Out With Trump's Education Transition blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

No Ballou HS Marching Band (or any other school band) for Trump Inauguration, reports NBC4  nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-…

Missouri school apologizes after white students hold up Trump sign and turn backs on all-black basketball team ow.ly/j56c307aX1j

“DeVry University agrees to pay $100M fine over deceptive claims” twitter.com/i/moments/8095…

Feds Put Spotlight on Texas Special Education - WNYC wnyc.org/story/fed-spot…

Chicago Neighborhood Group Helps Lead Truant Students Back To Class wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

How one education nonprofit is seeking to create a groundswell of parent engagement MinnPost  minnpost.com/education/2016…

Nevada Teen Shot by School Cop Was Regularly Bullied, Dad Says - NBC News ow.ly/bLPv307bKSE

AM News: DeVos Campaign Fine, EdSec King Call To Action, & More

 

Senate Dems to Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary: Pay the fines for your campaign finance violations nyti.ms/2hxm9UU

Democratic senators press Trump’s education pick Betsy DeVos to pay years-old $5.3 million fine  washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi…

EdSec King: ‘We Should Welcome Good Public Charter Schools’ ow.ly/vYfE3079tMm

John B. King Jr.: Supporters of Public Schools Must Put Aside Their Differences  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

K12 Inc. faces stockholder challenge over lobbying transparency - WashPost wpo.st/NKZM2

Warren apologizes to Tilson, takes Facebook post down - The Boston Globe ow.ly/jO2n3079tZP

Chicago Public Schools Classes Will Not Be Canceled Thursday, Officials Say dnain.fo/2hxwtf9

L.A. Unified on new school calendar: Never mind latimes.com/local/educatio…

Minneapolis District Declares Itself a 'Safe Place' for Immigrants blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Distric…

Oklahoma girl, 13, accused of plotting mass attack on school hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

‘Black Lives Matter’ debate in Potomac, Md., school stirs allegations of racismwashingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

'A Charlie Brown Christmas' sets off conflict at school : Is it a problem when Linus quotes the Bible? nola.com/holidays/index…

AM News: Transition Update, Head Start Study, Newtown Anniversary, & More

TRANSITION

Who is Part of Ed. Sec. Nominee Betsy DeVos' Policy Circle? blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Hacked Email Shows the Clintons Liked Tillerson on Education - Mediaite ow.ly/N2WM3077gtx

States Must Target Racial Disparities in Districts’ Treatment of Special Ed Students, Feds Say – Medium  ow.ly/M2ne3077j1Q

Elizabeth Warren Is Sorry She's Not Sorry For Accidentally Trashing Her Biggest Fan | Vanity Fair ow.ly/jcaJ3077arx

HEAD START

Head Start is underfunded and unequal, according to a new study washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

$20B Needed to Provide High-Quality Head Start, Fix State-to-State Inequities, Report Finds  the74million.org/article/20b-ne…

After 50 Years, Head Start Struggles With Uneven Quality npr.org/sections/ed/20…

STANDARDS & TESTS

California loses bid to halt science test - San Jose Mercury https://t.co/L3nJI1saQh

Federal government again rejects California's plan to try out new science tests latimes.com/local/educatio…

States push forward with new accountability measures cabinetreport.com/politics-educa…

MISC

Newtown to mark 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Mandated iPads ignite furor in Cupertino schools ow.ly/VzM63077a4h

Washington State Charter School Supporters, Opponents Look Ahead to a Critical Year  the74million.org/article/washin…

New York Changes the Way It Keeps Tabs on School Violence nytimes.com/2016/12/13/nyr…

Chicago Schools IG: School Lied About Dropouts | WBEZ ow.ly/bPZ83077gMH

LA Unified school board flip-flops: district's calendar won't change next year after all | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/APi93077ew4

Charts: The Arms Race Among Parents

 

How American Parents Prepare Their Toddlers for School   The Atlantic
"Parents of all income and education levels are spending more time promoting their kids’ development—yet socioeconomic gaps in childrearing behavior are growing." (How American Parents Prepare Their Toddlers for School) via The Atlantic 

AM News: Transition Updates, School Mergers, Preschool Benefits, & More

TRANSITION

Trump choice for secretary of education calls for ‘local control’ of schools - EdSource  edsource.org/2016/trump-cho…

Civil Rights Groups Blast Betsy DeVos' 'Lack of Respect' for Student Diversity  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Groups Urge Focus on High-Achieving, Low-Income Students Under ESSA  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

INTEGRATION

New York Education Department Drops Plan to Merge 2 Harlem Schools nytimes.com/2016/12/12/nyr…

In Chicago, Parents Prepare For Heated Hearings On School Merger wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

PRESCHOOL

Why Doesn't Public School Start at Birth? theatlantic.com/education/arch…

A Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth wapo.st/2gQXWYB

Study: Early Start Yields Biggest Payoff In Early Childhood Education wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Preschool brings bigger than expected economic returns, economists say scpr.org/news/2016/12/1…

MISC
 
New Science Education Guidelines Approved in NY- WSJ ow.ly/nuXw307465e
 
Homeless U: How students study and survive on the streets - KPCC scpr.org/news/2016/12/1…

The sub situation in Philly schools: Amid improvement, inequity lingers newsworks.org/index.php/educ…

 
Surge of hate graffiti on bathroom walls, other areas, has Maryland county rattled  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

NYC school aide sent student a video of him masturbating inside school | New York Post ow.ly/NR8j3075huT

Charts: Despite Declines In Economic Mobility, Education Is Still The Answer

The American Dream  Quantified at Last   The New York Times

"Given today’s high-tech, globalized economy, the single best step would be to help more middle- and low-income children acquire the skills that lead to good-paying jobs. Notably, most college graduates still earn more than their parents did, other data show — yes, even after taking into account student debt." -- David Leondhardt in the NYT ( The American Dream, Quantified at Last)

AM News: DeVos In Michigan, Preschool Investment, Johnston For Governor?

Trump, DeVos Call for Ending Common Core at Michigan Rally blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Betsy DeVos Promises To 'Make Education Great Again' On Trump's 'Thank You Tour' ow.ly/QJEK3072qru

School choice advocates divided over Trump and his education pick, Betsy DeVos  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

As Other Districts Grapple With Segregation, This NJ One Makes Integration Work nytimes.com/2016/12/12/nyr…

New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools nytimes.com/2016/12/09/nyr…

High-poverty schools often staffed by rotating cast of substitutes - Washington Post nzzl.us/tI5rY4B

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down npr.org/sections/ed/20…

A Nobel Prize winner says public preschool programs should start at birth washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Michael Johnston, architect of Colorado’s teacher evaluation system, considering bid for governor | Chalkbeat ow.ly/dRaL3072qGN

Schools create moments of calm for stressed-out students seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Lawyer: Reno boy shot by school cop had been bullied, beaten hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Kids In Spain Rebel Against Homework, And Parents Are Their Biggest Boosters npr.org/sections/paral…

People: Montessori Teacher Lost In Oakland Warehouse Fire

Sarah Hoda was known to her pupils as "Miss S." at Urban Montessori Charter School - SFGate

Quotes: NCLB's Surprisingly Weak Impact On Teacher Transfers & Attrition

T & F Online 

AM News: Grading DeVos, Firing Bad Teachers, New Leadership In DC

TRANSITION
 
DeVos' Michigan schools experiment gets poor grades - POLITICO ow.ly/5dd1306Y5Za
 
Trump launches war on unions - POLITICO  ow.ly/YYkp306Y1hw
 
Trump school voucher plan would face huge obstacles in Californiaedsource.org/2016/trump-sch…
 
Education Department civil rights officials urged to work through 'tough times ahead'  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
YOU'RE FIRED
 
Study: It's Far Too Hard to Fire Bad Teachers - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/vRjl306Y4a9
 
New York City is among the hardest places to fire a low-performing teacher, report claims  nzzl.us/c8mtDMG via @ChalkbeatNY
 
DISTRICTS & SCHOOLS 
 
Nominee to lead D.C. schools says he is ready to tackle the system’s biggest problems  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
Turning schools around, at high speeds - CSM fw.to/G7QI1oh
 
L.A. school board won't vote to approve superintendent's strategic plan - LA Times fw.to/eJfIDYO
 
Advocates: Schools Need More Training to Tackle Bias and Fear - SchoolBook - WNYCow.ly/eFLj306Y4cI
 
Teenage Student Shot by Police at Nevada High School | TIME ow.ly/JxHm306WNBJ 
 
MISC
 
Special Education Case at Supreme Court Could Prove Costly for Schools pewtrusts.org/en/research-an…
 
Finland’s schools were once the envy of the world. Now, they’re slipping.  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 

Quotes: Affluence Is No Guarantee Of Education Results

Quotes2The latest PISA data (which includes private-school students) shows that America’s most advantaged teenagers scored below their well-off peers in science in 20 other countries, including Canada and Britain… The good news is that a handful of places, including Estonia, Canada, Denmark and Hong Kong, are proving that it is possible to do much better. These places now educate virtually all their children to higher levels of critical thinking in math, reading and science — and do so more equitably than Americans do.

- Amanda Ripley in the NYT

AM News: PARCC Results, Teacher Prep Programs, Testing Limits, & More

Few NJ's Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests - NJ Spotlight  njspotlight.com/stories/16/12/…

Elementary Teacher-Prep Programs Are Getting Better, According to Study  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

States with background checks for those who buy guns and bullets also have fewer school shootings - LA Times fw.to/Y82v4Cc

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Armed Officers in Private Schools abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/o…

Final Rules for K-12 Standardized Testing Released abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

Schools Missing Big Opportunities to Engage Parents gallup.com/businessjourna…

Work ESSA from the ground up, Weingarten urges lawmakers | American Federation of Teachers  ow.ly/q6jG306VWEO

Budget Deal Addresses Flint, Vouchers; Punts on Big K-12 Funding Issues  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

As charter schools grow, they face challenge of hiring amid a teacher shortage  edsource.org/2016/as-charte…

Charter school allies rack up early fundraising leads in LA Unified school board race  scpr.org/news/2016/12/0…

Seattle School Board gives chief a mixed grade, smaller raise seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

BESE pulls 2 New Orleans charters, extends 9 others after emotional day nola.com/education/inde…

Chicago School Board Passes New Budget With $215 Million Hole wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Unvaccinated students forced to stay home amid Auburn mumps outbreak | KING5.comow.ly/8o3k306VVKg

Texas Eyes Immunizations as More Kids File Exemptions abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

Charters: USA Leads In At Least One Aspect Of PISA Results, According To OECD

Morning Video: Checking In Liberia's For-Profit Bridge School Initiative

"The country’s public education system is ineffective, and in an effort to rebuild it, the government has reached across the Atlantic for assistance -- hiring a U.S.-based for-profit company whose model is “school in a box.” Via PBS NewsHour (In Liberia, private management of public schools draws scrutiny)

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
 

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