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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#EDgif Of The Day: POTUS At The Flight Simulator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Unexpectedly Beautiful Story About Detroit Public Schools 

Slate’s Revamped Education Coverage Yields Mixed Results



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

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

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

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

Morning Video: Gentrification, Private Schooling, & Public Housing

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

image from www.nybooks.com
The connections between housing and education are no secret at this point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes: NYT Editorial Page Joins WPost In Critiquing NAACP

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

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

Morning Video: Chicago Union Head Describes Teacher Deal


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes: Why Voluntary Integration Might Not Scale

Quotes2I think voluntary [integration] is great, but the number of school districts that are willing to take this on? ... It's something like 1 percent of school districts in the country are attempting these programs. I don't think that's going to scale much beyond 5 percent or 10 percent unless there is real political will put behind it.

-- ASU's Matt Delmont on NPR (Why Busing Didn't End School Segregation)

Morning Video: MA Charter School Referendum Takes The Spotlight

Or, watch Lin-Manuel Miranda on Saturday Night Live as the most well-intended but awful substitute teacher ever.

AM News: Chicago Averts Strike, LAUSD Gives Charter Teachers Benefits, & More

CTU, CPS reach tentative deal, avert strike; classes on Tuesday | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/ZUH83053VcP

Chicago Teachers Union, school board reach tentative contract agreement  fw.to/0Km8nQD

Deadline Deal: Teachers Strike Avoided With Late-Night Agreement wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Stakes different this time as teachers, city face strike - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/3Wap3053Wr3

For New York City’s Homeless Children, Getting to School Is the Hard Part nytimes.com/2016/10/11/nyr…

L.A. Unified backs down and agrees to provide lifetime benefits to charter school teachers - LA Times ow.ly/4E7s3053Wp4

Denver Public Schools asks voters to approve largest-ever $572 million bond  denverpost.com/2016/10/10/dps…

Study: To raise graduation rates, increase number of adults in community usat.ly/2e1dQh8 via @USATODAY

California poll shows strong support for Common Core standards edsource.org/2016/californi…

Here's How Schools Can Soften The Blow Of Sixth Grade npr.org/sections/ed/20…

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. - The Atlantic ow.ly/kXEl3053Wmv

Districts Look to Convert Vacant Schools Into Teacher Housing blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

TV: The School From "Stranger Things"

Is this really the school from Stranger Things? I don't know. But I'm sure one of you does. Apparently the series was shot in Atlanta. Note that the teachers in the series (so far as I've seen) are portrayed as helpful and encouraging. At least the science teacher. 

Books: White Parents, Black School

51ABf0za3qLIt's been a relatively slow Fall season for education books, despite Nicholson Baker's Substitute and Matthew Desmond's Evicted (both of which I recommend).

However, as you may recall having learned earlier this year, New York City writer Lucinda Rosenfeld has a new book coming out in January, titled CLASS, about a hot topic in education right now: white parents choosing neighborhood schools. 

As summarized in Kirkus Reviews, the book follows the lives of Karen Kipple and her husband, Matt, both career activists in the nonprofit sector, who "have righteously enrolled their daughter in their zoned public elementary school, where “the white population…hovered around 20 percent.”

Things get awkward pretty quickly: "A scuffle on the playground between a Jayyden and a Maeve further divides the parents along racial lines." A parent tries to fake an address so that she can send her child to a whiter school.

"From its James Baldwin epigraph—“White people cannot, in the generality, be taken as models of how to live”—to the final pages, in which Karen decides not to inquire about the fate of young Jayyden to avoid appearing “like one of those well-meaning, college-educated white liberals who fetishize the deprivations of the underclass,” this book takes dead aim and doesn’t miss."

News of the book's publication first appeared at a panel Rosenfeld did with Nikole Hannah-Jones and WNYC's Rebecca Carroll discussing voluntary integration efforts on the Upper West Side. The book comes out officially in January.

Related posts:

Nicholson Baker's "Substitute"

How Repeated Evictions Impact Students' Lives

'Confessions Of A Headmaster'

An Anthropological Look At School Fundraising

Two Education Books Make The List

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

An Anthropological Look At School Fundraising

New Yorker Writer's Year Embedded In High School English

Quotes: Duncan Critiques Easy Ed School Honors

Quotes2Either your teacher training programs are attracting an unusually gifted group of students or the standard for honors in education is too low. We know from other studies that it is not the first explanation.

-- Former EdSec Arne Duncan, in Brookings (An open letter to America’s college presidents and education school deans)

Morning Video: PSA Promoting Girls & STEM

It's a Verizon ad -- sorry! -- but the message is pretty strong. "Encourage her love of science and technology, and inspire her to change the world."

AM News: Parents Rally Nationwide, Chicago Discriminated Against Minority Teachers, & More

Kaine visits Philly school, teachers talk contract ow.ly/VOOU304XeJT

CPS Screening Process Discriminated Against Black Candidates wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Chicago Teachers Union ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Deal Can Be Reached Before Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Downtown Manhattan Parents Claim City Is Holding Integration Plan 'Hostage' wnyc.org/story/downtown…

Staff At Four Chicago High Schools Falsified Student Attendance Records wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

New York State Still Owes Its Public Schools Billions Of Dollars, Advocates Say huffingtonpost.com/2016/10/04/new…
Frustrated Parents Rally Nationwide To 'Reclaim Our Schools'huffingtonpost.com/2016/10/06/rec…
Getting creative in kindergarten: One teacher's strategy scpr.org/news/2016/10/0…
Newton North High School: Talking To Students When A Symbol Of Racial Hatred Is Unfurled Close To Home | Cognoscenti ow.ly/J1bT304XaxP

Campaign 2016: Teachers Running For Office In OK & Elsewhere


From the PBS NewsHour and EdWeek: "Oklahoma ranks 45 out of 50 states in spending per student. It’s home to overcrowded classrooms and more than 100 districts that have approved four-day school weeks. Now, more than 40 teachers who are tired of not being heard are trying to change things themselves -- by running for office."

Campaign 2016: Trump Classroom Visit Makes Student Nervous

In case you missed it, a Donald Trump classroom visit from earlier this week made at least one student very nervous.

AM News: Chicago Strike Looms, Students Prefer Teachers Of Color, & More

CPS, teachers union meet with strike looming - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/JETE304USuV

Activists Use Teachers Contract To Call For Social Change wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
Study finds 10 percent of Virginia schoolchildren are chronically absent washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
Looking Back On 50 Years Of Busing In Boston - NPR ow.ly/6tGB100lIQA 
Study: Students -- of All Races -- Favor Teachers of Color wny.cc/HEiz304TDBw

California denied bid to pilot new science tests in place of current tests edsource.org/2016/californi…

Prop. 58 would undo limitations on bilingual education scpr.org/news/2016/10/0…

Another Ex-Detroit Principal Sentenced in Corruption Case abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/d…

CA Gov. signs bills on teacher housing, English learner notice cabinetreport.com/politics-educa…

Oklahoma Teachers Running for Office Appear on NewsHour blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Free Wi-Fi: San Jose, East Side schools to provide intenet in student homes ow.ly/EMvc304SL1m

Racial Bias Claim Looms Over Bronx School as Administrators Exit nytimes.com/2016/10/06/nyr…

Scary clown rumors, threats feed hysteria, leading to school lockdowns, arrests washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Quotes: It Depends On What You Mean By "Teacher Shortage"

Quotes2The key issue is not whether there will be enough warm bodies to enter teaching. The key issue is whether there will be enough well-qualified individuals willing to offer their services in the specific fields and locations that currently lack an adequate supply.

-- Response from researchers at the Learning Policy Institute to questions about their recent teacher shortage study (Teacher Supply and Demand)


Morning Video: Education In The (Segregated) Delta

Watch "Education in the Delta," the three-part video accompanying the latest Hechinger Report story (The anonymous town that was the model of desegregation in the Civil Rights era)

AM News: VP Debates Reference Desegregation, Chicago Prepares For Strike, & More

Farmville: A small town that has wrestled with big issues - The Washington Post ow.ly/spfN304SkXq

Farmville: A Debate Stage in Virginia, With Racial ‘Scar Tissue’ as the Backdrop - The New York Times  ow.ly/pJuR304SjUJ

Quick Mentions of Desegregation, K-12 Funding in V.P. Debate blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

In VA Town Home to VP Debate, A Long and Storied Civil Rights Tradition abcnews.go.com/US/video/va-

Public School Advocates March to Albany to Hand Cuomo $3.9B Bill in Overdue School Aid the74million.org/article/public…

CPS says schools will remain open if teachers walk out - Chicago Tribune news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Emanuel budget speech set for same day as CTU strike - Chicago Tribune news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

What’s changed—and what hasn’t—since the last teachers’ strike |Chicago Reader ow.ly/RBVL304SmEL

Denver Public Schools details response to black educators’ concerns about racism  denverpost.com/2016/10/04/den…

Cleveland Teachers, School Board Reject Contract blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

Oakland schools targeted in social media clown threats sfgate.com/news/article/O…

Can A School District Help Diversify A Fire Department? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Events: What Education Reporters Are Being Told About ESSA

If you want to try and understand how education writers and editors decide to write the stories that they produce -- and how they come out the way they do -- it's good to know what they're being told. (And if you're a savvy education editor or reporter it's also a good thing to know a little about what you're being told.)

For example, later this week in Chicago is the Education Writers Association's mini-conference on The ABCs of ESSA, in which they association will try and make sure that education reporters know about the new federal law and how it's going to be implemented. 

The preliminary schedule of events to be held in Chicago includes appearances from CCSSO's Chris Minnich, LPI's Charmaine Mercer, the Leadership Conference's Liz King, and former EdWeek editor and reporter Erik Robelen (now at EWA). I'm also supposed to be there (as an attendee). 

There are also going to be appearances from the USDE's Emma Vadehra, some discussion about low-performing school interventions (including someone from San Francisco's Mission High), and a panel on great ESSA stories led by NPR's Steve Drummond, Chalkbeat's Scott Elliott, and the Joyce Foundation's Stephanie Banchero. AFT head Randi Weingarten was scheduled to be there -- probably the highest-profile person on the original speakers list -- but she's being replaced by staffer Rob Weil.

Anything notable about the list of topics and attendees? Anyone left out? Education journalism didn't do an entirely stellar job describing NCLB to the public. Ditto for Common Core. Crossed fingers that ESSA training and the subsequent coverage are both strong. 


Quotes: The Fragility Of Integrated Schooling

Quotes2People think we’re better now than we used to be. But we’re not. Those white families in Cleveland are going to flee. 

-- Greenville, Miss. parent and lawyer Kimberly Merchant, in Hechinger Report (The anonymous town that was the model of desegregation in the Civil Rights era)

Morning Video: Refugee Students In Modesto, California

This recent ABC News Nightline segment (A Syrian Refugee Family Begins Again in California) features Syrian girls going to school in Modesto. (Why are they showing passports to register at the school? For identity, not citizenship, I would hope. Citizenship is not a requirement to attend American schools.) Be sure to watch both parts. Read more here.


AM News: Texas SPED Showdown, Layoffs In Chicago, & More

Feds order Texas to end special ed target unless state can prove that no eligible kids have been shut out houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…

Award-winning VA principal reassigned in wake of testing opt-out irregularities  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

School bonds used to be as controversial as mom and apple pie. Not anymore under Gov. Jerry Brown  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Teachers at Chicago's UNO Charter School Network set to take strike vote wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… 

Gender-neutral bathrooms among laws with an impact on schools latimes.com/local/educatio…
Chicago Schools Cites Drop in Enrollment for New Layoffs abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

Why a judge’s ruling on education funding puts Connecticut at a crossroads hechingerreport.org/judges-ruling-…

You'll Never Guess Which State Was Just Named the Best for Teachers blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…
No more homework, say many Seattle elementary schools kuow.org/post/no-more-h…
How a popular Indy school uses movement to help kids learn chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2016/…
With Autism, School Is Part Academics, Part Making Sense of Others wnyc.org/story/autism-s…

Update: Diverse Charter Coalition Now 100 Schools Strong

EducationOne of the most niche parts of the education world is the intentionally diverse charter school. These are charter schools that are intended to serve a diverse group of kids and families. 

Long an ad hoc group of schools scattered across the country, they are now a somewhat more official group of 100 schools and even have their own new executive director, Dianne Piché.

Formerly of the Citizen’s Committee on Civil Rights and the USDE’s Office of Civil Rights, Piché came on board a couple of months ago.

According to Piché, the group has schools in 14 states plus the District of Columbia, some of them part of networks (like the diverse charters run by Success Academy) and others standalone models (like Compass, a spinoff of sorts from Community Roots). “A lot of these schools have really organically come from people in communities,” said Piché. Some are well known, others, like Baltimore’s City Neighbors, may be new names to some.

As I wrote several years ago, they are extremely popular, growing fast (though still small in number) and extremely hard to operate successfully.

There are more schools out there that Piché hopes will join. “There really is a movement across the country for diverse schools,” she said in a recent phone interview. “Parents and teachers are looking for this kind of experience, and using charter laws to help provide it very exciting,” she said. “This is a part of the charter movement that has been underdeveloped.”

It’s frequently noted that white parents may be more focused on diversity than parents of color. In recent months, folks including Kaya Henderson, Chris Stewart, and Nikole Hannah-Jones have questioned the value of small-scale, voluntary diversity efforts such as these. Neerav Kingland recently warned that diverse charter advocates shouldn’t go overboard promoting the model as the single best kind of school.

Asked if the interest in diverse charters primarily comes from white families, Piché says “I haven’t seen any evidence that this is a primarily a movement of white parents.” She says that parents of all races are understanding that diversity is “a good thing that benefits children, and communities.”  

Asked if diverse charters only exacerbate the problems of too many struggling neighborhood schools, Piché responds that this argument has a long history. “I’ve heard heard that used against magnet schools and choice provisions in NCLB and against charter schools,” says Piché. “Opponents will say parents [who pick a diverse charter] are leaving behind this dysfunctional school with students who have to stay there. But the alternative right now is that kids don’t have a choice. They’re assigned to neighborhood schools.”

One of the federal funding streams that diverse charters are making use of is the i3 grant. There are two divere scharters who are finalists in the latest round (Southern California’s Larchmont and a group of charters in New Orleans). Diverse charters also make use of the federal charter school startup funding, which now allows some weighting for student diversity as opposed to a pure lottery. However, only a fraction of charters get any funding. Piché compares federal charter funding to federal magnet funding. “It’s a ridiculously small program.”

The group is developing a new policy agenda, and encouraging more diverse charters to join. They’re also working on a study of weighted lotteries, and may be sending members to the 6th Annual Progressive Education Summit in Baltimore next month.

Related posts:

Slate: Brooklyn charter embarking on an ambitious experiment

Diverse Charters Form New National Alliance 

A Smarter Charter 

EdWeek (commentary): What Diverse Charter Schools Do Differently

Washington Post: As D.C. gentrifies, some charter schools aim to reach broader spectrum

Education Next: Diverse Charter Schools

WNYC: How One Brooklyn Charter School Integrates With Intention

Twitter: @DiverseCharters

Quotes: States Swing Back Towards Larger Class Sizes

Quotes2Small classes do provide modest benefits to the students with respect to academic achievement, but the benefits are less strong than being assigned to a particularly effective teacher.

-- Harvard's Martin West, quoted in the Wall Street Journal (Schools Learn Expensive Lesson on Class Size)


Morning Video: Former AG Eric Holder Says Fear Drove Zero-Tolerance School Policies


Here the New York Times looks back at the rise of zero-tolerance discipline policies, going back to Joe Clark, and then takes us to the current wave of restorative justice programs (featuring Furr High School in Houston).

"The concept of zero tolerance has come to encompass such a broad range of disruptive actions that roughly three million schoolchildren are suspended each year... Many students are hauled off to police station houses for antisocial behavior that, a generation or two ago, would have sent them no farther than the principal’s office."

Watch the video to see Eric Holder talk about high school kids as predators back in the 1990s, and admit that the policies and implementation went way too far. Read the accompanying article here.

The series, part of the Times' Retro Reports series, gives a helpful overview, though I wish it pointed out the struggles that some districts are having transitioning from zero tolerance to restorative practices without additional resources for counselors and teacher training. Eliminating zero tolerance isn't as easy as flipping a switch, and trying to do it without care and planning could lead schools right back to some of the same problems as before. 

AM News: CA Governor Brown Vetoes Charter Accountability Bill

Brown vetoes bill requiring charters to comply with conflict of interest, open records laws edsource.org/2016/brown-vet…

Refugee student experience in US schools not always easy - Daily Texan pllqt.it/ONGYLS

Jeb Bush talks politics, education policy during Harvard lecture ow.ly/5akA304NpEI

California’s largest school districts use aggressive tactics to find teachers edsource.org/2016/californi…

Utah schools slowly begin hiring teachers without experience | Deseret News ow.ly/EBRF304NpyS

Emanuel: If teachers strike, they chose disrupting children's education over pay raises - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/hznE304NpCx

Money from special tax districts could be key to averting teachers strike - Chicago Tribune  news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Chicago's Troubled Schools Made Wall Street $110 Million nzzl.us/dYqdV3k

Detroit school lawsuit: Does U.S. Constitution guarantee literacy? ow.ly/9daU304NquL

Oakland school district’s error hinders students’ college plans sfgate.com/education/arti…

Inslee on education funding: What governor has — and hasn’t — accomplished seattletimes.com/seattle-news/p…

4 students from same high school are found dead in a month hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Charts: Biggest Price Hikes Are Textbooks, Tuition, & Childcare (aka Preschool)

Quotes: Who Cheers For What

Quotes2It's been interesting to see who cheers for what. The teachers' unions applaud the privatization piece, but are silent on our call to get police out of schools.

-- Movement For Black Lives education platform co-author Jonathan Stith, quoted in NPR story (Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers)

AM News: Chicago Strike Looms, Nevada Court Decides, Charter Groups Funds District Schools

A closer look as deadline for Chicago teachers strike nears hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Chaos and exodus at Chicago Public Schools - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/lfPI304HVWN

One Parent's Reaction To Possible Teachers Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Nevada Supreme Court says ESAs are constitutional but funding source is not: politicopro.com/f/

Rezoning Plan for Manhattan Elementary School Draws Anger From All Sides nytimes.com/2016/09/30/n

Pro-charter funder makes good on promise to give money to LAUSD scpr.org/news/2016/09/2…

Controversial group that supports charter schools announces grants to replicate strong L.A. Unified campuses - LAT ow.ly/IPnL304HUMA

On-time high school graduation rate in Virginia tops 91 percent washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Supreme Court Says It Will Hear Special Education Case abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

Penn Alexander in Philadelphia wins major national education award newsworks.org/index.php/educ…

17 teachers added to Seattle schools, no reassignments planned seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Charts: All About Latino Students

The vast majority of Latino youth are US citizens. Eight out of 10 states with fastest growing Latino populations between 2000-2015 were in the South. Graduation rates are up. All this and more via NCLR's new report #kidsdata. 

Quotes: Shame On Our Current Education Wars

Quotes2Like many Washingtonians (from both parties) in those days, [former AFT head Al Shanker] had the capacity to fight you fiercely over issues of disagreement while also teaming up on shared causes... He and I would do battle over vouchers and collective bargaining and such—he usually trounced me—and then team up on curriculum, civic education, and foreign policy.

- Fordham Institute emeritus Checker Finn (Missing Al Shanker)

AM News: Brooklyn Charter Rally, Latino Outcomes By State, DC Grad Rates, & More

Hillary Clinton’s College Plan Appeals to the Left, but Educators Have Doubts  nytimes.com/2016/09/30/us/…

Chicago Teachers Union Sets Oct. 11 Strike Date wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… 

CTU "delegates took a voice vote so loud it could be heard from outside the special meeting."ow.ly/fvFw304FH2X

Washington's Latino Children Fare Better Than Peers Nationwide, Says Report  wamu.org/news/16/09/29/…

DCPS Graduation Rates Rise Again, As Chancellor Kaya Henderson Steps Down  wamu.org/news/16/09/29/…

Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Some CPS Teachers Leaving District Ahead Of Strike - CBS Local news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Thousands Call for More Charter Schools at Brooklyn Rally the74million.org/article/thousa…

Thousands Rally in Brooklyn for More Charter Schools wnyc.org/story/thousand…

SF school board cracks down on campaign donations sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
City Offers Yet A Third Proposal to Rezone Upper West Side Schools wnyc.org/story/new-york…
Why A White Chicago Family Sent Their Daughter To A Black Public High School | WBEZ  ow.ly/FxWq304Fq0C

Quotes: Bedbugs & Distressed Teachers In Detroit

Quotes2Just imagine being at a school where you sit down, get your education, you get back up, go home, next thing you know you brought bedbugs from school to your home... Just imagine being at a school where your teachers are all sick and tired, and they’re acting like they’re not able to teach because they’re not getting paid for what they do.

-- Detroit high school student Demarcus Taylor quoted in Alexandria Neason's Harper's feature story (Held Back)

TV: "Transparent" Producers Were Bullied In High School

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Transparent is back -- horrifying and human as ever. And with it, discussion of the lives of trans people in America.

“It was only when I started working at the high school that I saw she took a lot of crap,” said one parent. 

"As the only queer kid at his public middle school and later at the local Quaker school, he says, he was treated poorly by both students and teachers."

From the NYT's How Two Producers of ‘Transparent’ Made Their Own Trans Lives More Visible

Morning Video: Bringing Back The Arts In Boston

DC schools may teach everyone how to ride a bike, but Boston schools are aiming to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. Via the PBS NewsHour.

AM News: Implicit Bias & Preschool Teachers

Yale study suggests racial bias among preschool teachers - WashPost washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem nzzl.us/HrongSg via @npr_ed

Yes, Preschool Teachers Really Do Treat Black And White Children Totally Differently | Huffington Post ow.ly/RY6M304Efks

What Boston Latin School's Federal Probe Results And State Downgrade Mean | Edify ow.ly/J12e304EcAp

Is there a teacher shortage? Fear is overblown, council says nola.com/education/inde…

New Detroit public school system brings new hope and old fears - Free Press ow.ly/U3IS304Efg8

Analysis: Hillary Clinton Is Right About Head Start the74million.org/article/analys…

Hoping to regain momentum, local NYC charter movement revives rally strategy ow.ly/riPo304EcTH

Enrollment Decline Sets Stage For More Cuts To Chicago Classrooms | WBEZ ow.ly/nAhT304EcCI

TV: Always Good When Shows Open With A Classroom Scene

The new HBO series "Insecure" (produced by Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore, among others) opens with the protagonist presenting her nonprofit program ("We Got You All") getting a gentle hazing from a class of middle(?) school students.

One of the opening voiceover lines: "My boss founded a nonprofit to help kids in the hood. But she didn't hire anyone from the hood."

School Life: Desk From The Segregated South

image from ids.si.eduOne of the most directly school-related items at the newly-opened museum of African-American history in Washington DC: "This simple desk was used between 1925 and 1954 in one of the 5,000 so-called Rosenwald Schools, a network created by Booker T. Washington and Sears Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald to educate African American children in the segregated South."  Gift of the Hope School Community Center, Pomaria, SC, via Washington Post (Black History museum artifacts)


Quotes: Leave No Child Behind (In District Schools)

Quotes2Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind... I hope that the Legislature, the teachers, and the parents can come together to find ways to make sure all kids in Massachusetts get a first-rate education without pitting groups against each other.

- MA Senator Elizabeth Warren, announcing her opposition to a proposed charter expansion (Boston Herald)

Morning Video: Getting Rid Of Middle School?

Is K-8 better than middle school or junior high? The whiz kids at TODAY show riff off a New York Magazine article and some recent research.

Or watch this CAP event: How Can Public Schools Better Support Talented Students of Color?

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