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AM News: Teacher Tenure In CA, Disproportionate Discipline in VA, Plus "Grit" Takedown Study

California's teacher tenure battle is reignited by Vergara appeal and a new bill - LA Times ow.ly/ceOf300zdfT

Vergara plaintiffs file latest appeal, wade into legislative debate on teacher job protections | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/tN7m300zcl0

Foes of teacher tenure, seniority appeal to state Supreme Court - SFGate ow.ly/rxQ6300zcH0

Report: Virginia’s black students three times as likely as whites to face suspension - The Washington Post ow.ly/bl4x300zc89

VA School suspensions disproportionately impact minorities | Fusion pllqt.it/u97r3u

Is ‘grit’ overrated in explaining student success? Harvard researchers have a new theory. - The Washington Postow.ly/GMIB300zc5M

Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/6ZUj300zcgb

Texan Who Posted Extreme Views Loses Runoff for State Education Post - The New York Times ow.ly/z0OZ300zcdn

Philadelphia plan to fund pre-K would tax soda by the ounce | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/bv7a300zcJT

Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs - LA Times ow.ly/TwIt300zddM

Kentucky thoroughly sold its educators on Common Core. How? - The Hechinger Report ow.ly/Kh8H300zdzn

AM News: Gates Chief Admits Common Core Missteps

Gates Chief Acknowledges Common-Core Missteps blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curricu…

School Funding Inequality, Often Measured By State, Is Far Worse Nationally Than You Think @The74 bit.ly/1NCs1tI

Bethune-Cookman Students Still Reeling From A Year That Saw 13 Shooting Victims: NPR ow.ly/8SnE300wxqF

Contentious Lusher board meeting reflects lingering tensions over union issue | NOLA.com ow.ly/AATd300wxfJ

The nation's largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap | PBS NewsHour pllqt.it/3SlxHV

Seattle expels preschool kids three times as often as K-12 students. Here’s how to change that. | The Seattle Times ow.ly/nskG300wyDW

Fact-checking the LA teachers union's charter school costs estimate | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/WYQJ300wxue

Texas education board candidate known for conspiracy posts - AP Article ow.ly/Eg3u300wxC0

Feds: Detroit Paid $1.27M for Tutoring That Wasn't Provided - ABC News ow.ly/ZXui300wxSw

D'oh! A misspelled word on this high school diploma - LA Times ow.ly/V0mm300wyIp

AM News: Senate Debates Proposed ESSA Funding Rule (Where's Clinton?)

Battle Raging Over Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act | US News ow.ly/7EIh300mAYa

Sen. Murray supports USDE without endorsing Obama rule -- still no word from Clinton campaign? -- Politics K-12 ow.ly/uJZS300mL0z

Biggest Transitions Facing States for ESSA Accountability Flagged in New Report - Politics K-12 ow.ly/MaGp300mAEB

Publisher's ultimatim in test leak riles educators | 12NEWS.com ow.ly/dmOo300mKku

Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/s6m9300mAxa

LAUSD administrative staff jumps 22 percent even as enrollment drops - LA School Report ow.ly/MEXY300mLSv

Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Power of State Superintendent - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/Aua5300mAIF

Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students - The New York Times ow.ly/MwXc300mAtj

California to Revise Textbooks to Reflect Diversity - ABC News ow.ly/bFea300mBaT

AM News: Federal Funding Dispute, Segregation Surge, CA Grad Rate Uptick

The 'Intolerable' Fight Over School Money : NPR Ed : NPR pllqt.it/EfH7Sc

On the anniversary of Brown v. Board, new evidence that U.S. schools are resegregating - Washington Post ow.ly/yL26300k0sk

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse. - HuffPost ow.ly/NiC7300k1fl

Lusher teachers reject union for collective bargaining | NOLA.comow.ly/BwCh300k1Vu

California high school students graduating at record rate - SFGate ow.ly/tykr300k20z

Are more engaging classes improving California graduation rates? scpr.org/news/2016/05/1…

Boston Students Walk Out To Protest Proposed Cuts ow.ly/xshc300k26F

LAUSD puts millions into its magnet expansion - LA School Report ow.ly/G6JP300k0eG

Girls better at leveraging tech to solve problems - POLITICO ow.ly/X4IT300k1Xc

AM News: Girls Beat Boys On Tech/Engineering Test, Plus Other Tuesday Stories

Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills - The Washington Post  ow.ly/PjPe300hr1w 

PA Governor not ready to revise teacher layoff law :: SI&A Cabinet Report ow.ly/Ssgt300hrF3

Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee | Chalkbeatow.ly/Zz2z1005u57

A First: Pell Grants For High School Students Who Take College Classes : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/dd6y300hr9s

Some, But Not All of New i3 Grants Will Prioritize School Integration - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/TK7d300hrdt

Desegregation order: Mississippi district must merge schools: AP Article ow.ly/9Rfb300hrfY

Candidate for CPS principals' group arrested on phone charge | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/AjvX300hrQe

What if one culture shares multiple languages? That’s a challenge Oregon is taking up with its Somali students. ow.ly/keqD300hrnc

Uncovering the Stark Disparities Behind School Money - ProPublica ow.ly/wkcn300hrLK

Old time courtesies getting new currency in Maryland schools offsetting disrespect with etiquette lessons. fw.to/oEY9Jlh

Chicago Principal Grapples With Potential Budget Cuts | WBEZ ow.ly/yKx7300g9Ck

AM News: Bathroom Access, Detroit's Demise, SF's TFA Opt-Out

Few Solutions in Texas School Finance Ruling - The New York Times ow.ly/TqeV300eLMs

Detroit schools' decline and teacher sickout reflect bad economy and demographic shifts - LA Times ow.ly/4Xwk300dcsG

SF school leaders give Teach for America a time-out - San Francisco Chronicle ow.ly/uQBo300eMB0

Gov. Wolf pledges to veto bill that diminishes teacher seniority ow.ly/OQwx300eOsl

CPS: School budget cuts next year could top 20 percent, absent state action - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/p0Ol300dPt5

Abdul Wright of Best Academy is 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year | Star Tribune ow.ly/L1aO1004Z5f

How Denver Public Schools will decide to close low-performing schools | Chalkbeat ow.ly/AV8G300eOYY

Some embrace Obama administration’s transgender directive, others vow to fight - The Washington Post ow.ly/xrTG300eLKg

In Many School Districts, Transgender Bathroom Access Is The Norm : NPR ow.ly/z6RV300eLRR

A transgender 9-year-old tells her story - LA Times ow.ly/3QTH300eLtl

Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school - LA Times ow.ly/LZui300c7pT 

AM News: Transgender Bathrooms, ESSA Conflict

U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms nyti.ms/1WtMvrd

See also: Reaction To White House Directive On Transgender Bathrooms : NPR ow.ly/6cM2300a7Jc

USDE says it's trying to protect poor children. A senator says they’re trying to break the law. - WashPost ow.ly/Q78T300a7BL

Report: California’s charter schools lag behind traditional schools in graduating students | EdSource ow.ly/b3ar300a8br

CA schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates - LA Times ow.ly/eHlY3008Sc3

LAUSD votes to create thousands more magnet school seats in 2017 - LA Times pllqt.it/YymcSR

LAUSD makes $$ from charters, contradicting @UTLAnow-funded study, docs show.  LA School Report buff.ly/1Nso76y

Va. governor moves to upend traditional high school - The Washington Post ow.ly/29mq300a7ww

DC School Chief's Plea for Contractor Cash Draws Complaint - ABC News ow.ly/Kl5l300a7Py

Principals bracing to lose 20 percent in school budgets | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/qo8L300a8i5

More Chicago kids live in 'affluence bubble' than in most U.S. cities - Crain's Chicago Business ow.ly/XBsq300a7xo

Children in disadvantaged neighborhoods more likely to see local schools close. | USAPP pllqt.it/0eRQ4i

NAACP in St. Petersburg calls for Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego to resign | Tampa Bay Times ow.ly/kJWs3008SeE

AM News: Who Cares About ESSA When There's A $63M HS Football Stadium In Texas

That’s Right: $63 Million for a Football Stadium … for High Schoolers - The New York Times ow.ly/9LNQ3008f0E

New York’s Increase in Pre-K Funding Leads Nation - WSJ ow.ly/GKzk3008ftO

California's schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates - LA Times http://ow.ly/8bOE3008jBy

Enrollment in state-funded preschool inched up in 2014-15 - AP Article ow.ly/vN3w3008faf

A 'borderless' school district with lots of choices: LA's superintendent outlines priorities | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/mwpv3008f83

Arne Duncan, Priscilla Chan Discuss Next Steps for K-12 Education - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/e77G3008f6N

N.C. school board caught up in ‘bathroom bill’ debate after voting to okay pepper spray, mace - The Washington Post ow.ly/XFCg3008eXo

These 2 teens with similar backgrounds took very different paths to college - LA Times ow.ly/OYAe3008eQ2

AM News: Wednesday Morning Roundup

Do new charter schools really cost L.A. Unified more than $500 million a year? - LA Times ow.ly/dNLB3006pKB

It's Unlikely North Carolina Schools Would Lose Federal Funding Over HB 2 ow.ly/Xm643006qfT

25 hedge fund managers earned more last year than every kindergarten teacher in America - Vox ow.ly/fxnS3006upX

Bill to end seniority in teacher layoffs heads to Wolfow.ly/JHW83006ujS

New Orleans tries to mix charter schools with democracy: Is this the district of the future? - The Washington Post ow.ly/aR1A3006pYC

CA must include suspension rates as measure of school success | EdSource ow.ly/MpBp3006sVz

Study: Black teachers more likely to recommend black students for gifted programs ow.ly/4IUL3006uoD

School bullying is serious public-health problem, federal panel says | The Seattle Times ow.ly/ux8q3006usR

Court Sides With Teacher in N.Y. Evaluation-Rating Lawsuit - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/FcaF3006un8

AM News: NOLA Plan Returns Charters To Local Control

New Orleans Plan: Charter Schools, With a Return to Local Control - The New York Times ow.ly/T2Bk3004sT8

Yes, the feds could pull North Carolina’s education funding for violating transgender civil rights - Washington Post ow.ly/3EXB3004sJw

U.S. Urges Colleges to Rethink Questions About Criminal Records - The New York Times ow.ly/9aLI3004sG6

Teacher prep programs attracting/accepting disproportionate share of white candidates pllqt.it/BkQOjO

NYC mayor draws scrutiny over developer-funded pet project - Salon.com ow.ly/MBKV3004teR

Union-commissioned report says charter schools are bleeding money from traditional ones - LA Times ow.ly/rB5y3004t8p

Don't just invest in charter schools': school board seeks help to grow L.A. Unified's best programs | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/wTPa3004sEc

How migrant students from Central America get shut out of some US schools | Public Radio International ow.ly/1oIT3004sDo

AM News: NJ Changes Common Core Name, NY School Struggle With ELL Rules

New Jersey Changes Names of Common Core Standards, Makes Few Changes - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/HpFZ3002wMX

New York Schools Struggle With New Rules to Help Students Learning English - The New York Timesow.ly/4Cfo3002vEs

Teach For America Ends Pre-Training Pilot Focused on Cultural Competency bit.ly/1s0Wbxj #teaching

WGN: Corruption behind Removal of Chicago Principal "Runs Very Deep & Very High" - YouTube ow.ly/wnCX3002tKx

After teachers union protest, tensions rise on shared LAUSD-charter campus | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/UhYu3002vN

Investigation: Chicago Schools Not in Need of State Takeover - ABC News ow.ly/WVjM3002wHf

Chicago Public Schools Expand Guidelines For Transgender Students : NPR ow.ly/ofmj3002vIC

High school yearbook misidentifies Muslim student as 'Isis Phillips' - LA Times ow.ly/MiU23001IjS

AM News: Detroit Back To School, School Crime Decline

Detroit schools back in session after promise teachers will be paid - The Washington Post ow.ly/4npwfc

Government reports drop in overall crime in nation's schools | McClatchy DC ow.ly/4npymM

School crime rates down in most every category — except sex crimes at colleges - The Washington Post ow.ly/4npwop

North Dakota, Wyoming Move Away From Smarter Balanced Tests - Edweek - blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Fight brewing over new school accountability system scpr.org/news/2016/05/0…

Chicago Teachers Union says it still hasn't decided timing on strike - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4npuHj

Obama White House Reflects on K-12 Legacy - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/4nmXaU

In Colorado, School Funding Lags Despite A Booming Economy | CPR ow.ly/4npzbM

AM News: Detroit Sickout Day 2, EdSec Talks Integration & Tolerance

Teacher Protest Shuts Almost All Detroit Public Schools - The New York Times https://t.co/hfyCvr8TXQ

Detroit Teachers Essentially Close Schools in Latest ‘Sickout’ - WSJ https://t.co/mQOS5tiq4R

Teacher protests close most Detroit schools again Tuesday - The Washington Post https://t.co/pTlVSsQRmz

Chicago Teachers Union says it still hasn't decided timing on strike - Chicago Tribune https://t.co/7Qp7fS6ctg

Secretary John King: Integration and Diversity Can Power School Improvement - Politics K-12 - Education Week

Education secretary calls for repeal of 2 transgender laws -AP Article

Blame for failure of TNReady test is widespread - Kox News https://t.co/Kyz2K0r6m1

Wyoming Cuts Ties With Consortium Before Choosing New Standardized Test | Wyoming Public Media https://t.co/pKaDnGBhkR

UTLA to protest at schools this week; hundreds of charter parents object - LA School Report https://t.co/I3OW2ifdJz

School districts are a big reason for the rise in income segregation in the U.S. - LA Times https://t.co/JFHxP6Q5HE

BPS’ Chang: Schools must close poverty, privilege gap | Boston Herald https://t.co/Ignfla5v8s

AM News: Jane Sanders On Testing, Clinton Treads Lightly, Plus Detroit and Chicago

Jane Sanders: Bernie and I Stand With Unions and Against Standardized Testing - Politics K-12 via The Nation https://t.co/bQ1dLOWTWE

In NY, Clinton treads lightly in praise of uncontroversial school [Eagle Academy]| POLITICO

Sick-out by Teachers Shuts Nearly All Detroit Public Schools - ABC News https://t.co/sDjoln5DAA

CTU: Teachers leaning away from May strike  

Nearly 300 11th graders opt out in Burbank CA | 89.3 KPCC https://t.co/1d1AvP93wk

Paying For America's Schools: Is There A Better Way? : NPR https://t.co/fp9lMGiWAI

Access to education a challenge for NY immigrants | Newsday https://t.co/4PvvGlkS1H

AM News: Friday News Roundup

Reactions to 12th Grade NAEP Declines? Mostly Tempered - Curriculum Matters - Education Week https://t.co/Ear2PvwBl8

Study: No Child Left Behind Improved Teacher Attendance in Struggling Schools | The 74 http://ow.ly/4neKrA

National Teacher of the Year: I was a teen mom, and it was teachers who changed my life - Washington Post https://t.co/ffTrGPW6kn

Michigan Caught between Common Core and other state’s old standards :: SI&A Cabinet Report
 
School choir invited back to 9/11 memorial after being cut off midperformance -

 

Charter schools sharing LAUSD campuses: Nobody loves it, everyone has to live with it | 89.3 KPCC https://t.co/hsGj8q0Xld

Teacher unions return to some New Orleans schools - NOLA.com https://t.co/jysf6V8E8i

L.A. Schools Insist 6,000 High School Seniors With Failing Grades Are ‘On Track’ to Graduate in 6 Weeks | The 74 http://ow.ly/4neK9J

Detroit principal pleads guilty in kickback scam - AP Article

 

AM News: Tennessee Cancels Testing/Contract, Election Wins/Losses In Maryland & Baltimore

Tennessee cancels standardized testing in elementary and middle schools, citing delayed delivery of exams - WPost ow.ly/4nbVTA

Knox County cancels TNReady for grades 3-8 after state terminates contract with test company https://t.co/PEZBOXgAqT

Longest-serving member on Md. school board is defeated in election - The Washington Post ow.ly/4nbVZR

DeRay Mckesson finishes 6th in Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor - Baltimore Sun https://t.co/crokzPvM9S

Struggling School Districts Find Little Help In Pennsylvania n.pr/1Np4mHA

Current, Former Detroit Principals Charged in Bribery Case - ABC News ow.ly/4nbWxO

Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes - AP Article ow.ly/4nbWky

Chicago Public Schools making contingency plans for possible strike - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4nbY4u

Mississippi Eyes National Board-Certified Talent for High-Needs Districts - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/4nbY0J

4th New Orleans charter school votes for union: International High | NOLA.com http://ow.ly/4nc01n

AM News: Here Come Uninspiring New NAEP Scores For HS Seniors

Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card' : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4n9oj1 

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation's 12th-graders - AP https://t.co/ANTh5sWVJh

 America's high school seniors' reading and math scores have hit a wall - LA Times pllqt.it/Z4qQVg

Test Scores Show a Decline in Math Among High School Seniors - The New York Times ow.ly/4n9mLQ

U.S. high school seniors slip in math and show no improvement in reading - The Washington Post ow.ly/4n9oft

TNReady Testing Patience of Parents / Public News Service ow.ly/4n9n4N

Career Education Making a Comeback in US High Schools - ABC News ow.ly/4n9oyt

Troy LaRaviere Accused By CPS Of Misusing Equipment, Accounting Missteps dnain.fo/1WR3JOx

Lusher NOLA Charter School Board Rejects Petition To Recognize Union | WWNO

Michelle Obama Encourages New York Students to Reach Higher - ABC News ow.ly/4n9mOb

AM News: NJ One Of Just 7 States Using PARCC Common Core Test

N.J. one of just 7 states still using PARCC tests in 2016 | NJ.com ow.ly/4n6z4s

Senator Alexander Blames Feds For TNReady Delays | Nashville Public Radio ow.ly/4n6AhG

Kentucky's Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4n6ytv

How Massachusetts Became The Best State In Education : NPR ow.ly/4n6ybi

School budget laws complicate tracking of Common Core spending | EdSource ow.ly/4n6z8z

When Arne Duncan visits Memphis on Friday, he’ll see part of his legacy as U.S. ed chief | Chalkbeat ow.ly/4n6zbb

First Lady Michelle Obama to host college signing event in Harlem | New York Amsterdam News view ow.ly/4n6zeV

Wisconsin Prom Shooting Leaves Teenage Suspect Dead and Town Shaken - The New York Times ow.ly/4n6y4E

Cruz takes lessons on education from Milton Friedman, his faith politico.com/story/2016/04/…

Morning News: Calm Test Season In NOLA, School Spending Week 2

Revised Common Core tests spark little debate, no widespread boycotts this year: The New Orleans Advocate ow.ly/4n2NI5

What Difference Does A Dollar Make? : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4n3NQH

What Happened When One Of New Jersey's Poorest School Districts Increased Spending - WNYC ow.ly/4n3NvX

In Chicago Schools, $11,000 Doesn’t Mean What It Means In The Suburbs | WBEZ ow.ly/4n3OlV

Cries about national teacher shortages might be overblown - The Hechinger Report ow.ly/4n3Pg5

Black Lives Matter Gave Him Fame, but Baltimore Isn't Biting - ABC News ow.ly/4n3Pib

See also: Obama Says Movements Like Black Lives Matter ‘Can’t Just Keep on Yelling’ - The New York Times ow.ly/4n2IeP

(The Latest) Corruption Charges In Detroit's Struggling Schools : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4n3Nsg

D.C. staggers bell times at rival high schools after an uptick in conflicts - The Washington Post ow.ly/4n3MCq

Texas Teachers Union Sues to Block New Evaluation System - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/4n3PjK

 

AM News: Sanders Slams Removal Of "Insubordinate" Chicago Principal

Bernie Sanders blames principal Troy LaRaviere removal on "Mayor Emanuel’s unhealthy obsession with taking revenge.” bit.ly/1Nn0ufj [See also: dnain.fo/26i2ufc]

Investigation on K12, a VA company operating online schools in CA and elsewhere bayareane.ws/1NheA1I

New Jersey Postpones PARCC Exam After Technical Problems - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/4mYMco

Tennessee braces for TNReady testing delays — again — as state blames testing vendor — again | Chalkbeat ow.ly/4mYLnY

Delaware girl dies after fight with other girls in high school bathroom - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mYLuO

Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools - AP Article ow.ly/4mYMVe

Teacher’s aide arrested as "deeply disturbing" video shows him slamming student to the ground wapo.st/1VnZH0r

TN Kids Slapped In Handcuffs At Tennessee School Over Video Of Fight ow.ly/4mXcTW

AM News: NJ Glitches Mar Generally Uneventful Common Core Testing Season

Technical Glitch Foils Wednesday Testing in New Jersey - WSJ ow.ly/4mW8om

See also NJ.com & Pearson letter.

Newark 'Unity' slate sweeps city school board elections | NJ.com ow.ly/4mUZqa

Outspoken Chicago Principal Ousted for "Insubordination" & Told To Stay Home dnain.fo/1qEwWj2

Lewis: Rauner Owes CPS Back Tuition for 'Clouting' Child into Payton High dnain.fo/1NBT3M5

B2 could end up costing NC pubic schools nearly $900 million ow.ly/4mW8WK

College Board Attacks ACT's Live Teaching Prep Service - High School & Beyond - Education Week ow.ly/4mW6uW

Majority in statewide CA survey says public schools do ‘good’ job - SFGate ow.ly/4mW6jE

Chicago Ramps Up Campaign to Push State for More Funding - District Dossier - Education Week ow.ly/4mW6lr

Principal backs students who sought gender-neutral bathroom | Fresno Bee ow.ly/4mW8iX

 

AM News: Houston School Flooding, Another Chicago Strike Looms

Houston, Flooded: Twitter Captures Chaos as Some Schools Close, and Other Students Brave the Deluge | The 74 ow.ly/4mQSSy

Chicago Teachers Union says no firm plans on strike as talks continue - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4mPPM4

Who should pay for teachers' retirement – charter school or district? LA Times

Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mQRC0

Costs for building LA Unified's data system may top $200 million, but is an end in sight? | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/4mQRDC

Hillary Clinton's ties to for-profit education companies like Laureate ow.ly/4mQSqL

Teachers union rips educator pay study | Boston Herald ow.ly/4mQSQW

Tests show elevated lead in 6 suburban Detroit schools - AP Article ow.ly/4mQRGv

AM News: EdSec Touts Arts & Sciences, Minn. Tenure Law Challenged

Education Secretary John King: It's Time To Stop Ignoring The Arts And Sciences ow.ly/10EBxt

Suit accuses Minnesota of protecting bad teachers at students' expense -StarTribune.com ow.ly/10EBZ1

Teacher Tenure Is Challenged Again in a Minnesota Lawsuit - The New York Times ow.ly/10EAmN

In San Juan, San Jose and Poway, districts & unions innovate to evaluate teachers | EdSource ow.ly/10EBFr

New York considering using scores on AP exams and SAT subject tests in evaluations | Chalkbeat ow.ly/10EByM

These 3 California school districts allow staff to pack guns to work - LA Times ow.ly/10EBB9

The Trump Effect': Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools ow.ly/10EBDC

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Makes Its Way Into NYC's High School Curriculum : NPR ow.ly/10EAor

Balloon ‘spacecraft,’ prosthetic limbs and subway vacuums thrill White House science fair wpo.st/ZCKU1

 

AM News: Finding & Serving Gifted Black & Latino Kids

Paradise Valley AZ - The Rare District That Recognizes Gifted Latino Students : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/10C6Tz

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times ow.ly/10uDsB

The $3B plan to get every California kid into preschool - LA Times ow.ly/10C7vw

Success Academy Charter School Network Receives $25 Million Gift - The New York Times ow.ly/10C78e

BC janitor to see fifth child graduate from the college - The Boston Globe ow.ly/10C6EE

AM News: DC Teacher Appeal, Overlooked ELLs, Canceling Obama Prep

First DCPS Teacher To Win Arbitration Over Evaluation System Discusses His Case | WAMU 88.5 

Gifted, But Still Learning English, Many Bright Students Get Overlooked : NPR Ed : NPRow.ly/10zfbq

LA Unified's internal investigator becomes flashpoint in charter school debate | 89.3 KPCCow.ly/10zeWP

Lusher teachers plan to form union, representative says – Uptown Messenger http://ow.ly/10zgnk

How a Denver elementary school is using pop music and viral videos to teach social skills | Chalkbeat

Immigrant students being blocked from enrolling in school - Associated Press

Ald. Brookins to head Ed committee, seeks to cancel Obama Prep HS | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/10zfvX

L.A., Detroit Try to Simplify Application Process for School Choice Options - K-12 Parents and the Public - Education Week http://ow.ly/10zgjb

Puerto Rico Church Strips Teachers of Pension Amid Crisis - ABC News http://ow.ly/10zgqd

AM News: Clinton Addresses NY Teachers, Philly Labor Leaders

Hillary Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester | Newsday

Clinton Stumps for Friendly Union Faces in Pennsylvania - Courthouse News 

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids - LA Times

Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

Criminal hackers now target hospitals, police stations and schools - LA Times

How One School Under Pressure Resists 'Test Prep' - WNYC

Why Teachers on TV Have to Be Incompetent or Inspiring - The New York Times

 

AM News: It's Social Media Friday

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AM News: Philly Turnarounds, Clinton Visit (Plus NYC Parent Lawsuit)

Politicians, union leaders, and teachers blast school turnaround plans Philly Inquirer: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Katie McGinty, candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, joined local union and political leaders Wednesday in opposing a turnaround plan for an elementary school in North Philadelphia.

Clinton courts union support in Philadelphia Newsworks: Seeming energized after losing to rival Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin's primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a friendly crowd of organized labor in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Hillary Clinton's union problem Politico: Teachers have yet to unite behind Clinton, the latest sign that she is struggling to lock down an important chunk of the Democratic base.

Parents Will Sue America's Largest School District Over Classroom Violence BuzzFeed: The suit will be filed late Wednesday night in the Eastern District Court of New York, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. It is the first time a class-action lawsuit has been filed over school violence in New York.

Why school can be a rocky ride for some young Syrians in the US WNYC: The warm welcome many Syrian families receive in the US does not always apply to schools.

Grading Schools On Student Resilience And Self-Control WAMU: This spring a handful of school districts in California will begin testing students on resilience and self-control, among other so-called social emotional skills. Debate over new federal standards on school quality and testing for non-academic skills.

The cost of better school security: $10 million in cameras for Miami-Dade Miami Herald: The Miami-Dade County school district is planning on spending $10 million on additional security cameras. The district already has 12,000 of them, like this one at Miami Beach High, but would add 7,000 more so that every school is monitored by 2020.

Seattle’s IB schools are national outliers in lack of support from district Seattle Times: Across the country, thousands of schools offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Seattle is the only large district in the Pacific Northwest that makes parents or individual schools pay for it.

Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine? Stateline: Ten years after the federal government approved the first vaccines to combat the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, nine years after those vaccines were recommended for all adolescent girls, and five years after they were recommended for all adolescent boys, less than half of girls and only a fifth of boys are getting immunized.

Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request Washington Post:  State said the county did not do enough to modify its calendar in making up missed days.

Teacher arrested for carrying a gun at a middle school in Newtown, Conn. Washington Post: Small town where 26 children and teachers were killed in a notorious 2012 elementary school shooting has stepped up its law enforcement presence at schools.

Trial date set for Gary Solomon, co-defendant of Byrd-Bennett Sun-Times: Gary Solomon, 48, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen criminal charges stemming from the alleged steering of contracts to The SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates by Byrd-Bennett in exchange for kickbacks.

AM News: Opt-Outs, DCTU Victory, Teachers Vs. Police?

Opt-Outs Persist as Exams Begin Across New York - WSJ

Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight - The Washington Post

FOP want Chicago Teachers Union to condemn rally comments to 'F--- the police' | Chicago Sun-Times

Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members | EdSource

Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion : NPR Ed : NPR

Arne Duncan On Chicago: 'I Didn't Think It Could Get Worse, But It Has' - Chicago

New York Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Colleges

CPS Tells Kids They Got Into Coveted School, Takes It Back - Old Town - Chicago

AM News: Let's Get This Testing [Opting Out] Started

Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents Politico: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew attention to the racial disparity in 2013 when he remarked to state superintendents that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against new academic standards because their kids had done poorly on the tough...

Chancellor on State Tests: 'I Don't Believe in Opting Out' WNYC: "I don't believe in opting out," she told reporters at a Brooklyn high school where she announced an expansion of dual-language programs for the fall.

For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy ChalkbeatNY: The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift that got its start months ago and is borne out in the state’s newfound support for “community schools.” The satisfaction of both groups points to a larger theme: In a shift, the budget had much more to do with haggling over funding than arguing over education policy.

General Electric Pledges to Spend $50M on Boston Initiatives AP: General Electric pledges to spend $50 million on initiatives in Boston, including $25 million in public schools

High school dean, responsible for discipline, charged with having heroin in her office Washington Post: Dean was handcuffed and led out a back door of her New Hampshire public school, but students and parents weren't told what happened for six weeks, when parent saw her name on a police arrest log.

Health Scare at Malibu School Sets Off Media War NYT: A debate over window caulking with the toxic chemical compounds has divided a California school district and parents like Cindy Crawford.

Bill, Chelsea Clinton spend day volunteering at Oakland schools SF Gate: Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, joined hundreds of volunteers at an Oakland school Sunday for a day of service that included a coat of paint and freshly potted plants.

Site News: Rainy, Tweety Monday

Happy Monday. I'm working on a big project today but will be Tweeting and Facebooking here and there nonetheless:

 

AM News: One-Day Chicago Teachers Strike Is No April Fool's Joke

Chicago Schools to Close as Teachers Launch One-Day Strike AP: Teachers in Chicago are launching an unprecedented one-day strike. See also Sun-Times, Tribune, WBEZ

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union's repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner's anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities.

White teachers and black teachers have different expectations for black students Washington Post: New study provides more evidence that race plays a role in expectations of academic success. See also HuffPost.

Teacher-Pay Equity: An Unforeseen ESSA Wrinkle EdWeek: Teacher-salary comparability isn't one of the allowable topics in ESSA rulemaking, but that's not stopping the topic from cropping up in the negotiations.

Mayor de Blasio Meets With Parents Opposed to State Testing NYT: An Education Department official said that although the mayor continued to believe the tests were important, he wanted to hear the parents’ views.

Shirley Hufstedler, Pioneering Judge and First Cabinet-Level Education Secretary, Is Dead at 90 NYT: Shirley Hufstedler set as her goal at the new Education Department to bolster programs that gave assistance to the disadvantaged and the disabled.

One application for many L.A. Unified school options? That's the district's plan KPCC: Currently, each of these programs has its own application process and its own deadline; families must submit magnet applications by November, for instance, but paperwork for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) comes due in late April. What's more, parents can't apply for every program online.

High Lead Levels Found at More Newark Schools NYT: Nearly a quarter of samples collected in school buildings in the district last week had concentrations above the federal threshold.

Fewer Suspensions in City Schools After Discipline Changes WNYC: The New York Civil Liberties Union called the new numbers a strong indicator that schools are getting better at resolving minor behavioral issues — especially with the drop in suspensions due to insubordination. See also Chalkbeat.

AM News: Opt-Out/Testing Season Begins Soon In States Like NY, IL

To Opt Out or Not? Dueling Messages Before Next Week's Tests WNYC: Leaders of the opt out movement accuse the city’s Department of Education of withholding information from families about their right to boycott the state tests, in what appears to be an attempt to reach a broader audience before next week’s tests.

Will Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of PARCC Test Like Last Year? WBEZ: The PARCC is aligned with Common Core standards, which are national standards. Some parents think the PARCC and other Common Core tests ...

Friedrichs ends with a whimper Politico: SEIU's Mary Kay Henry, NEA's Lily Eskelsen Garcia, AFT's Randi Weingarten, and AFSCME's Lee Saunders all held a joint press call after Tuesday's decision, and “all four of us understand the importance of working together and combining our resources, ...

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union's repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner's anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities. See also Crain's: April 1 teacher strike 'all but' assured, CTU says.

Chicago Teachers Union walkout raises legal questions Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool insists it would be illegal, and Gov. Bruce Rauner calls it an "abuse of power." Even union members have sought reassurances...

Educator misconduct cases continue to choke the system SI&A Cabinet Report: The number of teacher misconduct cases awaiting an appeal hearing has actually increased since the governor and state lawmakers agreed last year to provide additional funding to help clear a backlog of some 265 open investigations.

Lower East Side families get first look at a sweeping plan to integrate schools ChalkbeatNY: The proposal would re-introduce families’ demographic information into the admissions system, under a model known as “controlled choice.” Now, families applying to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten would first submit information about their income level and whether they earned a high school or college degree, along with whether their child lives in temporary housing, is not a native English speaker, or has a disability.

School board backs away from rezoning proposal tagged by critics as segregation Washington Post: Loudoun County board drew criticism for a plan that would have created high-poverty schools.

A Diverse Teaching Force? This Search Firm Can Help, But It'll Cost You NPR: Meet Stratégenius Consulting — a company that helps schools find candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Detroit Schools to Get Stopgap Aid, More Corruption Alleged ABC News: The state's largest school district was in danger of starting to run out of money in April. The stopgap spending legislation shows the district's challenges "aren't just Detroit's problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan," Snyder said. 

AM News: Union Fee Win, StudentsFirst Merger, NY Primary Showdown

With Supreme Court Tie, Teachers Unions Dodge A Bullet NPR: The 4-4 ruling by the high court means the failure of an effort to overturn requirements that nonunion members contribute to the cost of bargaining. See also AP, EdSourceTeacherBeat, NYT.

Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst will merge with education advocacy group 50Can LA Times: Just several years after its glitzy launch, StudentsFirst, the Sacramento-based education group started by former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, is merging with another education advocacy organization, 50Can. See also The Seventy FourTeacherBeat.

Bernie and Hillary prep for New York clash Politico: American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, a former president of New York's local teachers union branch, spent the past week talking to her own members and leaders in Albany and the Hudson Valley about the stakes of the election. See also PK12.

National PTA's New Stand on Opt-Outs Could Prove Timely This Testing Season EdWeek: The group's January update of its position statement on assessments, its first in 35 years, includes its opposition to policies letting parents remove children from standardized testing.

The overwhelming whiteness of U.S. private schools, in six maps and charts Washington Post: Should there be more civil rights scrutiny of private schools that accept taxpayer funding via vouchers?

Detroit Schools to Get Stopgap Aid, More Corruption Alleged AP: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep the Detroit Public Schools open through the end of the school year. See also District Dossier, Daily Caller.

In African-American Communities, Growing Interest In Home-Schooling NPR: When it comes to teaching their children at home, African-Americans often cite different reasons than white families.

Loudoun County school board votes down controversial rezoning plan Washington Post: The school board declined to push forward a plan to create two majority-poverty schools. See also WAMU.

D.C. now has more children. Here's where they're living. Washington Post: Neighborhoods just east of Rock Creek Park, like Columbia Heights and Petworth, saw the biggest jump in the population under 18.

AM News: Syrian Refugee Students, Chicago Teachers Walkout, Teachers Using Snapchat

For Syrian Refugees in New Jersey, a Bumpy Adjustment to School WNYC: In March, WNYC visited Aisha during science class at the Islamic school, where she copied words in English while her classmates answered questions with enthusiasm. She wore a blue and yellow uniform, which includes a yellow hijab for the girls.

Chicago Teachers Union sets plans for Friday walkout Chicago Tribune: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and an ally of CTU President Karen Lewis, is scheduled to appear at a teach-in on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University on Friday morning, according to a tentative schedule. See also: CTU: Teachers who cross picket line April 1 could lose union membership.

Say goodbye to eighth grade Algebra 1 and hello to the rise of Common Core math LA Times: Eighth grade math is changing: instead of emphasizing Algebra I where only some students thrive, many schools are placing all students in the same general class that covers several concepts. Common Core standards for the eighth grade call for all students to learn the same general math concepts,...

With ESSA on the Books, Here's an Early Look at Trends in State K-12 Legislation PK12: In many respects, officials in statehouses and state education departments are still figuring out how they'll proceed under ESSA.

How Teachers Are Using Snapchat NPR: Teachers explain how they're applying the social media app to lessons and homework.

AM News: Testing Changes, Bad Water, Plus Trio Of Edu-Profiles (King, O'Connor, Gordon)

PARCC testing begins again but still no opt-out policy Chicago Sun-Times: For its second year, PARCC has been shortened. It has a simpler format, and results have been promised much sooner than last year — by the summer, rather than late autumn, so that teachers and parents can actually use the results. Those improvements still won’t stop a number of families in Chicago from skipping it.

Smarter Balanced test changes affect California special ed students KPCC: This year the Smarter Balanced test will allow students to control the volume and pitch on the computer program that reads a question to a student and that reads glossary words related to questions on the test. The test will also now provide Spanish language glossaries to help students who have a disability and who are classified as English Learners.

Schools Nationwide Still Grapple With Lead in Water NYT: The Flint, Mich., crisis has cast attention on the issue, but in schools from Jersey City, N.J., to Los Angeles, problems have dragged on for years. See also: Digging Further Into a Water Problem.

New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done NPR: John B. King Jr. talks about his priorities for a tenure that may be short-lived: implementing the new education law, high-quality preschool and college access, to name a few.

A Supreme Court Pioneer, Now Making Her Mark on Video Games NYT: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said she had never played video games until a few years ago. But now she is using them to teach students valuable civics lessons.

 Should Schools Ask Students About Their Sexual Orientation To Protect LGBT Rights? Washington Post: Researchers are calling on the federal government to begin collecting information about LGBT students’ experiences at the nation’s schools. Embedded in that argument, though, is a call to begin asking students to declare their gender identity and sexual orientation at school — a move that the Equity Project acknowledges is fraught with privacy concerns.

Education's Mr. Fix-it Christian Science Monitor/Hechinger Report: While he may be relatively invisible to the students, Mr. Gordon is hardly unknown outside the school. As the overseer of 21 charter schools in Philadelphia, he has carved out a reputation as a turnaround artist – someone willing to try to fix high schools that are failing, a task that many other reformers have shied away from in their quest to transform urban education. 

When School-Installed Software Stops A Suicide NPR: School administrators increasingly have the power to track students' Web browsing even when they're at home. The implications are complicated.

Brooklyn Private School Looks to Expand to ManhattanWSJ: Basis Independent, an ambitious, for-profit, private school that opened in Brooklyn last year, says it will expand to the Upper West Side in the fall of 2017.

How Chicago Will Keep Classes Going When Teachers Strike Tribune: Chicago Public Schools will provide about 250 "contingency sites" for students locked out of the classroom by a one-day teachers strike April 1, while also asking teachers who disagree with the walkout to report for work.

See additional news and commentary from over the weekend here.

Twitter Friday: News, Opinion & Analysis Via Social Media

Happy Friday. I'm working on a couple of longform pieces today. But that doesn't mean I won't be sharing out news, commentary, and all the rest. You can check out all my updates here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). You won't miss a thing, plus you can see the fun things people Tweet at me all day. 

AM News: Chicago Teachers Approve One-Day Walkout

CTU delegates give go-ahead for April 1 walkout Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union's governing body approved a plan Wednesday to shut down the city's schools with a one-day walkout April 1. Union leaders called the walkout to bring attention to its differences with the district in contract talks and to push. See also Catalyst: Teachers split over CTU vote on one-day strike.

Protests erupt at St. Paul Public Schools board meeting; teacher contract OK'd MinnPost: Things hit a tipping point when Jim Endres, a substitute teacher, moved the focus away from students, asking the board to better support teachers in the classroom, including Olson. He started to elaborate on what he considers to be the impossible standards placed on teachers today because we have “something called political correctness,” when booing audience members began to drown him out.

Pennsylvania Governor Relents After 9-Month Budget Impasse AP: Pennsylvania's Democratic governor says he won't block Republicans' $6.6 billion no-new-taxes spending package after nearly nine months of budget gridlock.

Calif. Teachers, Administrators Disagree About How Well Common Core Is Going Teacher Beat: On common-core implementation, 70 percent of district leaders said their district had made good or excellent progress toward Common Core implementation. But teachers say there's room for improvement.

How one Minnesota school district handles a rising immigrant population WNYC: The United States is now home to the largest number of foreign-born black people in its history—and many are K-12 students enrolled in public schools. The English-learners among them are overwhelmingly native Spanish, French, or Haitian Creole speakers, but districts have had to adjust on the fly to meet the needs of students who arrive communicating in less frequently spoken languages such as Amharic, Haitian Creole and Somali.

Why This Teacher Says More Classrooms Should Be Modeled After Gangs Huffington Post: Gangs give their members true responsibility, says Emdin, a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College. They make their members feel like they're part of a family -- a unit that will protect them. They give members a sense of "cosmopolitanism," or make them feel they're valued citizens of a larger community.   

Alabama lawmaker apologizes for bill requiring teachers be trained not to have sex with students Washington Post: And then there's the legislation in Kansas that would allow anyone who saw a transgender person in a school bathroom to sue the school for $2,500.... The state bills just keep on coming.

More Teachers Can't Afford To Live Where They Teach NPR: Rising rents, housing prices and living costs in the top real estate markets from Boston to San Francisco are putting the squeeze on teachers.

CPS Sues State Commission Over Charter School Closures WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Charter School Commission, challenging the commission’s ruling that three Chicago charter schools can stay open.

New York Public Schools Posts Lead Test Results Online WNYC: In response to reports of elevated lead levels in drinking water from Flint, Mich., to Newark, the New York City public school system is taking the extraordinary step of posting results from nearly 90,000 samples taken over the last 14 years.

One Monica in, one Monica out: How the LAUSD school board will change LA School Report: Meanwhile, fellow board member Monica Ratliff surprised many education and City Hall watchers last week when she quietly took out papers with the... 

AM News: Chiefs For Change, Chicago Teachers, Autonomous Schools

Some Cities Are Making Great Strides In Educating Low-Income Students HuffPost: Only two in 10 low-income students from big cities go to schools where they perform near or on par with affluent students. Over 60 of the country's largest cities have what the report classifies as "massive" achievement gaps.  On the bright side, the study -- funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation -- also highlights several cities that have made tremendous gains in helping vulnerable students.  

Chiefs For Change Brings on Six District Superintendents District Dossier: The organization, which advocates for the use of the Common Core State Standards and school choice, once consisted solely of state school chiefs.

Chicago Teachers Union Seeks Furlough Trade For April 1 Walkout Tribune: A CPS spokeswoman said the district would not consider such a trade. The call by union leaders for an April 1 walkout has elicited skepticism from some CTU members. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the walkout will have to be approved by a substantial margin before leaders decide to go forward with the plan.

Autonomous schools gain ground in Minneapolis and across the nation MinnPost: In researching similar initiatives that have already taken root in cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Oakland,  and Denver, as well as in Massachusetts, Ohrn says there’s strong reason to believe CPS schools in Minneapolis have the potential to achieve similar outcomes.

Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings Washington Post: The last time the federal government attempted to survey the condition of the nation’s school buildings was in 1995. At the time, more than 8 million students attended 15,000 schools with poor air quality; 12 million students attended 21,000 schools in need of new roofs or roof upgrades; 12 millions students attended 23,000 schools with inadequate plumbing. See also EdSource Today.

Should Student Surveys Inform Teacher Evaluations? Educators Call It 'Bad Choice' WAMU: Research has found that student surveys are one of the most effective methods of assessing teacher performance, but educators that have already implemented a plan DCPS is looking at are cautioning teachers here to think again.

Plan to Restructure Detroit Schools Takes a Step Forward AP: The Michigan Senate approved a $720 million restructuring plan Tuesday that would divide Detroit's ailing school district in two as a means of retiring a massive operating debt over a decade

Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing PK12: The House education committee weighs the issue at a time when some lawmakers are pushing to update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls NPR: Black girls are suspended from school at six times the rate of white girls. In a new book, Pushout,author Monique Morris tells their stories.

College Opens New Frontier In Education Outsourcing BuzzFeed: Pearson's deal with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, a two-year school of some 9,000 students, is the first time the company has taken over recruiting for an entire university. It's also the first time Pearson will handle recruiting for a community college — earning as much as 20% of the school's tuition revenue from new students.

AM News: Staff Cuts At TFA, Plus New Pro Opt-Out NY Regent Head

Teach for America to cut national staff by 15 percent Washington Post: The two shake-ups will leave Teach for America with approximately 930 national staff members in fiscal year 2017, 410 fewer than it employed in fiscal year 2015, according to the organization. It’s a staffing level that the organization expects will be sustainable even if there are fluctuations in the number of new corps members it is able to recruit. See also AtlanticTeacher Beat.

Rosa, new head of New York education policy: As a parent, ‘I would opt out’ ChalkbeatNY: Rosa spoke about the need to retool the tests to rebuild trust with parents, and said that families have the right to choose what is best for their children. “If I was a parent and I was not on the Board of Regents, I would opt out at this time,” Rosa told reporters Monday, shortly after she was elected chancellor of the Board of Regents.

Prospects for the Next President Keeping John B. King Jr. as Education Secretary PK12: On the Senate education committee, Sanders joined the rest of his Democratic colleagues by voting to advance King's nomination to the full Senate earlier this month. But he is listed as not voting in the full Senate on King's nomination. Generally speaking, if Sanders wins out, there's no reason to believe the unions would significantly alter their political strategy regarding King.

Alternative education program still in danger after budget restoration Boston Globe: “I always hated school, to be honest . . . but I had men that I could look up to and get knowledge from,” Luis Aponte, now a student at Northeastern University, said of the Diploma Plus program in Charlestown.

Kansas Campuses Prepare For Guns In Classrooms NPR: A Kansas law will allow students to carry concealed weapons into their college classrooms, and many teachers aren't happy about it.

Pierre Omidyar helps fund education startup Tinkergarten BBJ: The startup specializes in outdoor early childhood education, helping educators lead activities for kids outside. The activities include "outsmart a leprechaun" and "celebrate the winter solstice." Tinkergarten said the company now has classes running across 14 states.

AM News: NY Opt-Out Advocates Unsatisfied By State Testing Changes

New York's Opt Out Movement Revs Back Up WNYC: State education officials... shortened the tests for all grades in both math and English, though only slightly so (some parents say the change is negligible). Students this year will be allowed as much time as they need to finish the tests. And, according to the state education department, teachers have played a more active role in reviewing test questions. But making small revisions and acknowledging flaws did not appease Deutermann and other parents gathered for a rally in Long Beach, Long Island on Sunday. 

GOP Candidates Taking Aim at Common Core Academic Standards AP: Republican presidential candidates are taking aim at the Common Core academic standards, criticizing them as an overreach of the federal government even though they were created by the states.

Spike in weapons seized in schools, pro-charter group reports ChalkbeatNY: The data, which the city did not dispute, shows that the police recovered 1,678 weapons in the 2014-15 school year, an increase of 170 weapons from the previous year. (That included a significant spike in taser and stun gun recoveries.) 

Montclair Still Feels Strife From School Tests Posted Online in ’13 NYT: Documents circulating through a liberal New Jersey township lately are adding new fuel to a fierce, long-running battle over education philosophy in the local schools.

The ‘Broad plan’ for LA schools grows to more than charters only EdSource Today: Whether the shift in approach represents a sincere effort to involve the school district or a strategy to blunt intense criticism from defenders of traditional public education, or maybe both, Castrejón says the group intends to examine district schools that are excelling and replicate their efforts in low-income areas of Los Angeles where academic performance is lagging.

New Parent-Trigger Bills Fail to Gain Traction in States This Year EdWeek: Legislators in four states have introduced parent-trigger bills this year, but none of those proposals have moved forward so far. See also LA Times.

Separate but equal? Wealthy county’s plan would concentrate low-income, Hispanic students Washington Post: A debate in Virginia centers on serving high-need students amid concerns about segregation.

Student suspensions in Calif. charter schools follow familiar, troubling patterns KPCC: The study also found the demographic disparities in suspension rates at charter schools differed little from the rates at non-charter schools, suggesting charter schools have played a significant — but not outsized — role in the creation of a so-called "school-to-prison pipeline."

Name Games: Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’ NYT: Students have been taught to trust places called universities, even though few of them actually are.

Student stabbed at Boyle Heights elementary school LA Times: A student at Bridge Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights was rushed to the hospital after a reported stabbing Thursday morning, officials said. A parent told KTLA that the victim was a fifth grade boy who was attacked by another student. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said they responded...

Retiring: Claims of Age Bias Rise, but Standards of Proof Are High NYT: Even though a law meant to protect older workers has existed since 1967, proving discrimination has since been made tougher.

AM News: Duncan's New Gig, Legal Loophole For School Lead

Arne Duncan to Focus on Disconnected Youth at the Emerson Collective PK12: Duncan's official title will be managing partner for the Palo Alto, Calif.,-based philanthropy and advocacy organization, which is led up by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. See also Washington Post, USA TodayWSJ.

Newark Schools to Test Pupils for Lead as Officials Cite Longstanding Problem NYT: As many as 17,000 students may have been affected, but the immediate plan will be to offer testing to children who attend two early-childhood programs at schools where lead was detected in the water.

A legal loophole might be exposing children to lead in the nation's schools Washington Post: Under federal law, the vast majority of schools don’t have to test the water flowing out of their taps and drinking fountains, and many states and districts also do not mandate water testing at schools. Even when districts do test their water, they don’t always tell parents about the problems they find.

Early-Ed. Measures Percolate at State, Local Levels EdWeek: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 450 bills with some tie to early childhood are pending in 46 states. At this early stage, it's unclear how many of those proposals will be enacted into law. But if local and state lawmakers follow the trend of previous years, many places will see increased early-childhood investment.

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help dropouts in violence-plagued Chicago find jobs LA Times: Since Arne Duncan left his job as U.S. secretary of Education in December, a problem has been nagging him: the high numbers of kids dropping out of school, joining gangs and getting killed in his city, Chicago. So he’s taken on a new job, he said Thursday, that will help him find opportunities...

2 Breakfasts May Be Better Than None For School Kids NPR: A study looked at students who ate breakfast at school versus those who ate at home, at both places, or not at all. One of these groups had a higher risk of obesity, and it's not the one you'd think.

Why Big-City School Systems Are Going Broke US News: Detroit's school system, already $515 million in debt, can't afford to pay its staff past April 8. In Chicago, the city school district – the third-largest in the country – is a whopping $1.1 billion in debt. In Philadelphia, despite the school system there ending the year with an $88 million surplus, the city has backed a lawsuit against the state by other school districts over inadequate funding. More than 2,000 public school students in Boston also walked out of their classrooms earlier this month in opposition to proposed budget cuts.

High Schools Are Failing Girls Who Report Sexual Assault Huffington Post: Under Title IX, schools receiving federal funding must eliminate a hostile environment stemming from gender-based violence. And the Education Department has told schools since at least the Clinton administration that a single incident of severe sexual harassment -- such as an assault -- can constitute a hostile environment. So when a high school gets a report of a student-on-student assault, it's typically supposed to do its own investigation.

Fariña talks changes to metal detector policy, defends classroom breakfast WNYC: Chancellor Carmen Fariña told City Council members Wednesday that the city’s classroom breakfast program has had a “rocky start,” and signaled that metal detector policies could shift by next fall.

City Schools to See Some Money They're Owed — But Not All WNYC: Orlando said the mayor's preliminary budget includes more than $150 million to "raise the floor" from last year's minimum of 82 percent to a new minimum of 87 percent. This will affect 650 schools. However, Renewal Schools — which were already receiving extra funds — will receive 100 percent of what they were owed instead of last year's 92 percent.

Qualified Providers, Space Hard To Find For Seattle Preschool Program Seattle Public Radio: The promise of the city of Seattle’s new subsidized preschool program to bring low- or no-cost preschool to three- and four-year-olds across the city is facing a challenge as the city struggles to find space and providers for the second year.

Vaccination aversion has fueled measles and whooping cough outbreaks, study finds LA Times: A comprehensive new study of measles and pertussis outbreaks in the United States suggests that adults’ reluctance or refusal to vaccinate themselves and their children has played a key role in the resurgence of diseases that had been largely eradicated in this country.

AM News: UCLA Study Says Charter Schools Suspend More

Are charter schools suspending too many students? LA Times

See also EdWeek.

USDE Seeks Standard Rule on Flagging Bias in Special Education - Education Week

Charter school in the I Can network becomes first in city to unionize - Cleveland.com

Tests Show Elevated Lead Levels at Newark Schools Since 2012 - WSJ

AM News: A Metro-Less Day For DC Schools, Chicago Teachers Plan Walkout

Absences at D.C. public schools will be excused Wednesday, some charters to close due to Metro shutdown Washington Post: D.C.’s public schools will remain open Wednesday despite Metro shuttering its entire rail system for an unprecedented 24 hours. At least three charter schools, however, have decided to close, according to Tomeika Bowden, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Charter School Board.

CTU Leaders Plan Walkout At Schools on April 1 Chicago Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union leaders will ask its members to walk off their jobs April 1 for a one-day demonstration over contract talks and public education funding, Vice President Jesse Sharkey said Monday.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Cements Ties With Teachers Union Wall Street Journal: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg once likened an endorsement from the New York City teachers union to a “kiss of death.” Mayor Bill de Blasio, by contrast, has embraced the United Federation of Teachers and its president, Michael Mulgrew, meeting more with him over the past two years than with any other registered lobbyist, city records show. The men usually chat weekly and sometimes daily.  

Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S. NPR: Michigan isn't the only place dealing with lead-contaminated water. Schools all over the country have struggled to eliminate lead from water fountains and cafeterias — some for more than a decade.

Advocacy Groups Unhappy With List of ESSA Negotiators PK12: The list already has its share of critics, both among advocates for educational practitioners and those who represent parents or particular groups of students.

In Alabama, Teachers School Lawmakers NPR: The 2016 Teacher of the Year in that state decided it was about time the people who write the laws that affect schools actually see the inside of a classroom.

Wallace Foundation To Invest $47 Million In Redesigning Principal Preparation Washington Post: Strong principals are critical components of successful schools, and yet school leaders usually receive far less attention than teachers in the national conversation about education. The Wallace Foundation has been seeking to change that for years, investing millions of dollars in research into what makes a principal effective.

L.A. Unified board member Monica Ratliff eyes City Council campaign LA Times: To compete in the March 2017 council election, she will have to give up her seat on the seven-member at the end of her term. Los Angeles Unified School District board. Candidates cannot simultaneously run for two seats in the same L.A. municipal election.

AM News: Here Comes Common Core Testing Season #2 (Plus #DemTownHall)

See #demtownhall for notes from last night's Democratic debate.

Efforts to repeal Common Core gain steam in Kansas Washington Times: “Since last year it had no steam or momentum, and then all of a sudden it was passed out of the committee and on the agenda for a House debate,” said Brad Neuenswander, the state’s deputy education commissioner. “It’s a concern of ours because it still has some legs.”

Survey: Ohio Students Got A Grades on Paper Exams, F Grades Online EdWeek: Ohio is now part of a growing number of states that are questioning the validity of their online exam results.

Superintendents, but not teachers, give high grades to Common Core rollout EdSource Today: While a majority of superintendents and district leaders say their districts have successfully rolled out the new standards, classroom teachers in California are not as upbeat. In a questionnaire and interviews, they expressed doubts about their principals’ instructional knowledge and capacity to lead the transition to the new standards. 

Some 11th graders not getting message about how much new Smarter Balanced tests matter KPCC: CSU-bound 11th graders – the only grade in high school required to take the Smarter Balanced standardized tests – who exceed the standard don’t need remediation and can move forward with their Cal State enrollment. 

Southern Lawmakers Reconsidering Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations EdWeek: Lawmakers across the South, home to some of the nation's most test score-centric teacher-evaluation systems, are rethinking the weight placed on value-added measures.

Charter school scandal haunts John Kasich Politico: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is an avid proponent of school choice, but his home state’s notoriously problematic charter school sector is often held up as an example of what can go wrong. In the last year, he successfully pushed for revisions to Ohio’s charter school oversight, but the sector remains embroiled in scandal.

Turmoil Behind The Scenes At A Nationally Lauded High School NPR: The early college model known as P-TECH has been copied all over the country, but it is is still a hotly contested work in progress, internal emails show.

Without support, Minnesota students left behind at graduation MPR: Minority students in Minnesota schools have a lower chance of completing high school than in nearly any other state, according to this Minnesota Public Radio investigation. And these schools already spend less money than any other state on the kind of support that might help the students.

Lessons From The School Where I Failed As A Teacher NPR: For years, NPR's Claudio Sanchez has struggled with his decision to leave teaching and the children he had grown so fond of.

For some parents, getting their kids to school is easier said than done WNYC: At San Diego's heavily immigrant Adams Elementary School, a push is on to improve attendance, an indicator linked to dropout rates.

AM News: Education Secretary Carson? (Not Gonna Happen)

Trump says Carson will have major education role in his administration PK12: In response to a question about Common Core, candidates opened up about their education agendas during a debate Thursday night.

Could Ben Carson be the Next U.S. Secretary of Education? State Edwatch: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told a debate audience Thursday that former candidate Ben Carson would "be very involved with education" in a Trump administration.

New law means shorter expulsions, more schooling for disciplined students Seattle Times: Newly passed legislation shortens expulsions and requires school districts to help disciplined students keep up with studies, among other efforts aimed at improving education for minority kids.

LAUSD staff rejecting more charter applications, but the school board isn't always on the same page KPCC: García cut a deal, right there in front of the board room. As board members debated, García huddled with WISH's executive director and a California Charter Schools Association staffer. Then she returned to the dais to offer a compromise: overrule the recommendation of L.A. Unified staff and approve WISH's charter bid for three years, not five. By a 4-2 vote, the board agreed. WISH supporters, clad in red T-shirts, erupted in cheers.

What exactly is a good school? California is trying to find out. LA Times: George Green V, a 19-year-old student, wants you to know what it means to have a black teacher with dreadlocks like his.“When I see him teach, I’m looking at myself in the mirror,” he said. Green is studying at Sacramento Charter High School. He was diagnosed with depression at age 10, and feels...

America's High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries' High School Dropouts NPR: The PIAAC study the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies — looks at the skills adults need to do everyday tasks, whether it's at work or in their social lives. Japan and Finland led the group in literacy, math and technology skills, while the United States' performance was average or well below average in each category.

Segregationist Byrd's Name to Be Axed From Virginia School AP: A Virginia school division decided Thursday to remove a prominent segregationist's name from a school, saying students should not be educated in a building named after a man who sought to shutter schools rather than integrate them.

Chicago District Sues Ex. Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett for More Than $65M District Dossier: The Chicago School District says former superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett and associates with SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates conspired to defraud the school district and stole money from city's school children.

AM News: Senate HELP Committee Approves Obama EdSec Nominee, NY Regents Chief Reflects

Senate Education Committee Votes to Advance Education Secretary Nominee PK12: Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. is one step closer to being a full-fledged cabinet official with Wednesday's 16-6 vote by the Senate education committee. See also Washington Post.

Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents Chief Who Set Off Testing Backlash, Reflects on Her Tenure NYT: Dr. Tisch, who is stepping down this month, said she tried to do too much, too fast during her time as chancellor, but justified her sense of urgency.

Educators on front line of desegregation debate say city must take the lead Chalkbeat: "The segregation wasn’t organic, and the integration is not going to be organic either,” said Jill Bloomberg, the principal of Park Slope Collegiate, a grade 6-12 school in a gentrifying part of Brooklyn where many schools remain racially isolated.

2 Baltimore School Officers Arrested in Assault on Teenager NYT: A video shows one of the officers slapping and kicking a young man at a school as the other officer stands by.

L.A. County report on special education sees 'crisis' LA Times: Some students with disabilities in Los Angeles County are getting shortchanged by the bureaucracy that is supposed to ensure they receive a good education, according to a consultant’s report discussed on Tuesday.

Arizona Set to Provide Districts a 'Menu' of Standardized Tests State EdWatch: The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to provide all students in grades 3-8 just the same exam.

Lead fear forces water ban in 30 New Jersey school buildings AP: Elevated levels of lead caused officials in New Jersey's largest school district on Wednesday to shut off water fountains at 30 school buildings until more tests are conducted, but officials said they don't believe the contamination poses any serious health risks....

This Kansas high school student must pay back $3,000 after smugglers helped him leave Guatemala WNYC: This sophomore in Kansas from Guatemala juggles algebra — and the reality that he must soon pay the smuggling fee he owes from coming to the United States.

AM News: 2nd Common Core Testing Season Starts This Week In CA

As students sit down for second year of new exams, pressure is on to perform KPCC LA: When students across the Southland and California sit down to take the Smarter Balanced exams beginning this week, the pressure will be back on to show improvement over last year's scores. And that pressure is manifesting itself in some of the preparations schools are taking for the tests.

L.A. Unified school board approves another charter against district recommendations LA Times: In a 4-2 vote Tuesday (board President Steve Zimmer abstained), the school board decided to let the group open Wish Academy High School under a three-year charter.

An LAUSD Teacher Is Named National Teacher of the Year Finalist LA Magazine: Jocz is known for his innovative teaching style and creative curriculum. His YouTube channel, Jocz Productions,  boasts nearly 14,000 subscribers and offers a crash course in U.S. history aided by pop culture references to help students remember the material (details about the Social Security Act are set to the catchy tune of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” and the National Recovery Act is scored by Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”)

Removing barriers facing AP test takers SI&A Cabinet Report: State sources will cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams in an effort to boost historically-dismal participation by high school students.

Shadow a Student Challenge helps administrators understand kids EdSource Today: The weeklong challenge was organized to build empathy and spur action and sharing.

What Discipline Looks Like At A Boston School With 325 Suspensions Boston Learning Lab: Teachers walk along with the groups of students. Each teacher clasps a stick striped in rainbow colors, with clothespins bearing the students’ names clipped on from top to bottom. If your clothespin is at the bottom, in the red zone, it means you’ve misbehaved. And everybody knows it.

AM News: Christie, Trump, & Hillary -- Oh, My!

Looking more closely at Hillary Clinton's education SWAT team idea - EdWeek

CTU vows 'showdown' on April 1 | Chicago Sun-Times

College Board Says Khan Academy Partnership Has Led to 19 Percent Fewer Students Paying for SAT Prep

AM News: Clinton Defends Teachers, World Remembers "Just Say No"

Hillary Clinton: Teachers Are Often 'Scapegoats' for Low-Performing Schools PK12: Clinton said she'd like to create an "education SWAT team" at the U.S. Department of Education to help intervene in Detroit's struggling schools, as well as steer federal money to repairing and modernizing schools.

'Just Say No' anti-drug campaign was Nancy Reagan's most memorable achievement LA Times: Drugs already had a strong grip in Compton High School when Maple Cornwell became assistant principal in 1983. Crack cocaine was just making its debut. Educators had few tools to fight what would quickly turn into an epidemic. Into this void came the voice of Nancy Reagan, with a message for children around the nation: "Just Say No."

States seek to stymie hiring suspected sex-predator teachers AP: A school suspects a teacher of sexual misconduct and forces the teacher out to protect the students. But that person can still get a new job in a new school, sometimes with a glowing recommendation....

Charter schools rethink discipline after focus on tough consequences ChalkbeatNY: Parallel shifts are happening across New York City, as some charter school leaders take a second look at discipline policies they put in place when they opened. Those policies, connected to a broader set of ideas referred to as “no excuses,” combine teachers’ high academic expectations for students with strict behavior rules meant to ensure an orderly learning environment.

Officer in School Beating Probe Was Fired Deputy AP: A Baltimore public school police officer under investigation for slapping and kicking a teenager at a school was fired by the city sheriff's department in 2003

Connecticut Approves New School Accountability System State EdWatch: The new accountability system ranks schools based on 12 indicators, including college access and physical fitness, in addition to test scores and expanded ways of measuring graduation.

Judge: Plaintiffs may still access complete California student database, but with tightened security KPCC:  A massive database that includes sensitive information on every student who attended California public schools since 2008 will no longer be handed over in its entirety to a small team of experts and lawyers who've filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Education.

Guard at Pennsylvania school stabbings dies of heart attack AP: A security guard wounded trying to stop a student who had just stabbed 20 others at a western Pennsylvania high school has died....

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