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AM News: Unions Campaign Against DeVos, CA Science Tests, & NYC School Closings

Teachers unions mount campaign against Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

McConnell: We won't delay hearings politi.co/2i5ofKf

See also: Democrats Seek Delay for Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing Over Ethics Review blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

See also: Trump Nominees’ Filings Threaten to Overwhelm Federal Ethics Office - The New York Times ow.ly/qe6E307OJJh

See also: Teachers union boss slams Trump’s pick for Education Secretary - NY Daily News ow.ly/LRrM307OJLR

U.S. to make final decision on California science testing waiver ‘very shortly’ | EdSource ow.ly/emfg307MH20

City to Close or Merge 9 Schools That Were in Support Program nytimes.com/2017/01/06/nyr…

See also: Report: New York City poised to close or merge nine 'Renewal' schools nzzl.us/Jr6zl2Q

‘Stealth inequities’: How Washington’s education system hurts poor schools seattletimes.com/education-lab

New D.C. Public Schools chancellor leaves Oakland with budget shortfall washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Court Keeps Vote Method, Seen as Biased, Intact in Missouri School District nytimes.com/2017/01/07/us/…

Educators: parents will drive new bilingual education growth scpr.org/news/2017/01/0…

Minnesota Somali students beat competition in Qur'an contest - StarTribune.com ow.ly/iCQc307OJQK

Authorities: Louisiana Teacher and Husband Operated Meth Lab abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/a…

Flexible seating helps students wiggle while they work argusne.ws/2hKMQXI via @argusleader

AM News: Next Steps In CT Funding Fight, DeVos Hearing Rampup, & More

Malloy Calls for Cuts, Concessions, Pension Reform and New Formula for Public Schools - Hartford Courant https://t.co/QGggUs90d1

Trump Taps Rob Goad as White House Education Adviser blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Democrats Demand Betsy DeVos Reveal 'Complicated Web' of Money, Lobbying blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Can gentrifying Ward 4 support two new middle schools? D.C. will soon find out. https://t.co/GAWi8DiNpo

How 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike Changed Fight Over Public Education | Chicago Tonight https://t.co/ze3Enzull4

With soda tax, school's now in session - Philly.comow.ly/EkI8307Kvew

School Counselor Of The Year On Being An Essential Resource For Students : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/ZGzj307KuZ8

De Blasio Travels to Washington to Raise Money for His Campaign ow.ly/Xhu1307KuRo

Some math books raise test scores more than others, research suggests scpr.org/news/2017/01/0…

Where blending honors and regular classes worked: New York educator to talk at Garfield High seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

Recriminations As School Funding Task Force Splits Along Partisan Lines kuow.org/post/recrimina…

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools npr.org/sections/thesa…

AM News: DeVos Hearing, Teachers Protest Discipline Rollbacks, & More

Senate schedules confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary washingtonpost.com/news/education…

More Teachers' Union Leaders Come Out Against New Student-Discipline Policies - Education Week nzzl.us/bpCQfr9

Following Court Ruling, Connecticut Governor Proposes to Fix K-12 Formula blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Is Free College Really Free? npr.org/sections/ed/20…

MA schools face surge in suicide attempts | Boston Herald ow.ly/Hh9c307G5GY

Disparity in Maryland's public higher education goes on trial washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi…

A teen spread a racist video of a black classmate eating chicken. Both face criminal charges. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

AM News: State Education Battles, Bodyslammed HS Student, HBCU Band Inauguration Flap, & More

Historically black college faces backlash over band’s plan to perform at Trump inauguration washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

How Partisan Flips Could Reshape Education Battles Underway in Kentucky, Nevada, Missouri the74million.org/article/partis…

In Texas, pressure to cut special education has led many schools to shut out English Language Learners houstonchronicle.com/denied/4

Meditation program at Chicago HS being studied by UofC to see if it can prevent violence. chicagotribune.com/news/ct-classr…

What will be Obama’s lasting education legacy? | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/tnc3307FnJS

Standardized science standoff: California, feds at odds again over a statewide test scpr.org/news/2017/01/0…

Nationwide, state budget cuts disproportionately hit low-income, minority college students feedproxy.google.com/~r/NewshourHea…

New York takes a stab at debt-free college, covering tuition for families earning less than $125,000 washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi…

Video Captures North Carolina Cop Slamming Student To Ground huffingtonpost.com/2017/01/03/vid…

Twitter video shows Rolesville High student slammed by police officer | News & Observer ow.ly/K9xh307G1rJ

AM News: DeVos Confirmation Fight, Inauguration Controversy, & More

DeVos is among 8 Trump Cabinet picks Democrats plan to target, according to the Washing Post pllqt.it/SYVklt

If DeVos is confirmed, Jeb Bush could see his education views given new life through his longtime friend and ally: politico.com/story/2017/01/…

High-performing Mass. schools look abroad to compare achievement - The Boston Globe ow.ly/S9Wr307DJNI

A hitch in California as bilingual education is restored - The Washington Post ow.ly/i5Sl307DIDl

Education Official to Lead to Civil Rights Commission - Politics K-12 - Education Week blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

Boston School Committee chairman reappointed - The Boston Globe ow.ly/ulFL307DJMc

Relics Of The Space Race, School Planetariums Are An Endangered Species : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/5g0N307DG4x

Need for cash puts charter schools in questionable company - Local - Ohio ow.ly/rSf4307CJSW

Bailed-out Oakland schools are back in financial trouble sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl… via @sfchronicle

Students who opted out of PARCC cost N.J. more than $1M, state says | NJ.comow.ly/11h9307C34K

San Diego Schools Spending More Than They Take in - Voice of San Diego pllqt.it/mgkCmw

Band from Alabama's historically black liberal arts college to march at inauguration, igniting controversy. apne.ws/2ir1KDm

AM News: GOP Agenda, Paladino's Comments, The Hub Project, & More

GOP Agenda: Unions, Lawsuits, Abortion and School Choice abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS…

After Paladino’s Racist Remarks, Buffalo School Board Demands He Resign nytimes.com/2016/12/29/nyr…

With The Hub Project , progressive campaigns nationwide get a silent partner - USA Today ow.ly/2gYW307BNO1

Going to court to save some city schools could be among the first acts of new Detroit school board chalkbeat.org/posts/detroit/…

Today, they drive buses or supervise recess. Next year, they might be teachers sacbee.com/news/local/edu…

Help wanted: Bilingual teachers for California schools hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

We learned a lot in 2016 about how preschool can help kids scpr.org/news/2016/12/2…

Few women run the nation’s school districts. Why? feedproxy.google.com/~r/NewshourHea…

Iowa Parents Sue State Over School Funding Formula blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

This baby teaches empathy to second-graders kuow.org/post/baby-teac…

Debate over school start times flares anew washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 

Media: Best Education Journalism 2016

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL / POLITICAL

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading "Media: Best Education Journalism 2016" »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSITION

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

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

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

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

HEAD START

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

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

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

STANDARDS & TESTS

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

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

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

MISC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charts: The Arms Race Among Parents

 

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

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

TRANSITION

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

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

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

INTEGRATION

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

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

PRESCHOOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The American Dream  Quantified at Last   The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People: Montessori Teacher Lost In Oakland Warehouse Fire

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

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

T & F Online 

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

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

Quotes: Affluence Is No Guarantee Of Education Results

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

- Amanda Ripley in the NYT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AM News: More PISA Coverage, Houston Standout, Trump School Hotline, & More

Rich-Poor Achievement Gap Is Narrowing in American Education - Bloomberg ow.ly/kgyz306TLt3

Math a Concern for US Teens; Science, Reading Flat on Test abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto…

U.S. Students Falling Flat on Math, Science and Reading Scores usnews.com/news/politics/

Why One Houston High School Stands Out In Global Test Results – Houston Public Media  ow.ly/8j6S100sk5S

Schools improving but not enough, state report says seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

Students are anxious about Trump, so the L.A. public school district started a support hotline  latimes.com/local/educatio…

Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool  npr.org/2016/12/07/504…

A Michigan school official posted offensive Facebook memes. Now protesters want him gone. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

BASIS continues school expansion overseas with new campus in Prague  washingtonpost.com/news/education…

AM News: PISA Scores, New Day In DC, Banned Santa Claus, & More

World Ranking: What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries  nytimes.com/2016/12/06/ups…

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math hechingerreport.org/u-s-now-ranks-…

On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

America's Math Scores Are Getting Worse huffingtonpost.com/2016/12/05/pis…

Will D.C.’s new chancellor finally be able to close the achievement gap?washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Supply of U.S. high school graduates is stagnating, posing challenge for colleges  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Messer talking education policy with Trump team ow.ly/1Upf306RdhU

Sole bid for Chicago charter school dropped - Hartford Courant ow.ly/B3Bz306RdJr

Santa Claus Banned From Many Classrooms in Oregon ow.ly/l6Ei306Rdm0

Dallas-area schools bring breakfast to the classroom dallasnews.com/news/education…

Can teaching both 'Cat in the Hat' and Malcolm X boost test scores? - CSM nzzl.us/mtKji6n

Morning Video: His Name Is Evan [Plus 2 Bonus Videos]

Watch-the much-discussed short video above, then read background here. Or, watch ten year-olds address negative stereotypes head on here. You can also watch a fascinating discussion of school integration from last week here.

AM News: Bad Data, Immigrant Students, Student Loan Fail, & More

Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Immigrant Students Seek Place in Mainstream High Schools abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/i…

Weingarten defends Ellison from anti-Semitism accusations that have arisen during DNC race| TheHill  ow.ly/fqQo306ONxj

Failures By Obama Team Put Student Debt Forgiveness In Jeopardy - BuzzFeed News ow.ly/sM5c306OQnG

Rep. Virginia Foxx Will Lead the House Education Committee blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

STATE & LOCAL

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers: Gothamist  ow.ly/vjn5306MOav

Washington students in grades 3-8 do well on new Common Core tests seattletimes.com/education-lab/…

One way to cut down on standardized tests? Long Beach wants to swap SAT for 11th grade exams  scpr.org/news/2016/12/0…

New Haven NAACP Hearing Reveals Charter Divide - NH Indepedennt  newhavenindependent.org/index.php/arch…

Connecticut NAACP keeping education a top priority, including charter school concerns ow.ly/UiTA306OQrr

CPS Proposes Spending Nearly $1B On Construction wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Omaha’s $100 Million ‘75 North’ Experiment: Improve a School By Building More Affordable Housing Nearby  the74million.org/article/omahas…

MISC

How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies - Reuters https://t.co/9N8TY3EauM

Parents of Virginia teen who committed suicide sue school counselor - The Washington Post  ow.ly/Pwmt306Nn5z

San Francisco student, 17, identified as victim of Oakland warehouse fire sfgate.com/news/article/S…

Quotes: Students Don't Want/Believe In Your Integration Schemes

Quotes2My students in the South Bronx do not want to take a bus to Staten Island. They do not want their school to become a magnet school, because they said, 'what about everyone else?' And they don't necessarily have an interest in changing the entire composition of their neighborhood for integration to happen. They don't believe in a lot of the models of integration that they've seen replicated around the United States. 
 
-- Sarah Camiscoli, Teacher & Co-Founder of IntegrateNYC4ME at WNYC event Thursday night (How Can We Break the Pattern of Segregation in NYC Schools? at about the 1:08 mark.

Morning Video: Neighborhood School Struggling To Preserve Diversity

This video features PS 705, a Brooklyn school that's gone from 90 percent free and reduced lunch to just over 60 percent in just five years. It's applied to join a program that will let it prioritize low-income students, but will still likely lose its Title I funding soon.

AM News: Bush Summit, Transition Tremors, Seattle Layoffs, & More

SUMMIT

Education Summit Lifts Up State's Role in Education - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/FUC6306K8Au

Jeb Bush Calls for ‘Earthquake’ in Federal Education Funding and Policy Under GOP Control  the74million.org/article/jeb-bu…

TRANSITION

Meet the NC congresswoman poised to tear up Obama's education legacy - POLITICO pllqt.it/0S9l0O

How Trump and Senate Republicans Can Bypass Democrats on School-Choice Initiatives – Medium  ow.ly/F0Kv306K8Xs

Betsy Devos, Trump’s EdSec Pick, Promoted Virtual Schools Despite Dismal Results  the74million.org/article/betsy-…

MISC

Virginia Board of Education member resigns after vulgar tweets surface  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
Seattle schools project $74 million shortfall next year, could mean teacher layoffs  seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Mass. Commissioner Moves to Keep Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacher…

Teacher shortage in Colorado is worsening, according to state report  denverpost.com/2016/12/01/col…

Microsoft anti-trust suit still buying hi-tech tools for schools, 13 years later cabinetreport.com/budget-finance…

Funding OR's Measure 98 opb.org/radio/programs…

Feds: Fatal wreck shows need for seat belts on school buses hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

The Latest: Mom grabs gun after boy fires shot in Utah classroom hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Morning Video: Sacramento Charter Wins $100K John Oliver Response Contest

"Natomas Charter School of Sacramento, Calif., has won the $100,000 prize offered by the Center for Education Reform to tell comedian John Oliver to back off the abusive rhetoric about charter schools," according to Hey, John Oliver: Here's The Winner Of The Charter School Contest. "Honorable mentions in the contest went to: Southland College Prep Charter High School, Richton Park, Ill.; Gary Comer College Prep, Chicago; Inlet Grove Community High School, Riviera Beach, Fla. STRIVE Prep-Smart Academy, Denver, Col., and •Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School, Nashville, Tenn."

AM News: CA Teacher Shortage*, DeVos Funds Confirmation Senators, & More

SHORTAGES* IN CA

California teacher shortage* worsens, especially in cities - SFGate ow.ly/iial306HY3v

Most California schools report trouble finding qualified teachers | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/bKCv306HY12
 
State’s teacher shortage* hitting ‘alarming rates’ for 2016-17, new survey says | EdSource  ow.ly/Nq0Y306HXXs
 
UNCERTIFIEDS VS. SUBS
 
Are uncertified teachers better than substitutes? Nevada going to find out - The Hechinger Report  ow.ly/Myi6306HUbO
 
California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse - LA Times  ow.ly/y5rm306HT4N
 
Las Vegas District Hires Uncertified Teachers Amid Shortage - The Atlantic ow.ly/SW5r306HTSF
 
TRANSITION
 
See Betsy DeVos' Donations to Senators Who Will Oversee Her Confirmation  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…
 
CTU President Karen Lewis Calls for Fewer Charters, More Revenue | Chicago Tonight | WTTW  ow.ly/Uwbi306HUeF
 
AFT has already endorsed Ellison for DNC chair - POLITICO ow.ly/RZM3306HTXB
 
Swastika drawn on restroom wall in Maryland high school washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
MISC
 
Former Teacher Indicted After Video Shows Girl Being Dragged By Hair  huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/30/mis…
 
NYC Council: Open Rikers Island Schools for Public Review wnyc.org/story/nyc-coun…
 
Use of Pepper Spray in Rikers Island Classrooms Sparks Concerns - WSJ ow.ly/Y0Dd306HQQm
 
Utah denies it has anti-gay school laws hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
A Woman Sees Education as a Path to a Better Life for Her Daughter - The New York Times  ow.ly/gwbq306HTUA
 

Afternoon Video: Black Community Divided Over Charter Schools

The latest PBS NewsHour segment features Memphis schools and the debate among black community leaders over charter schools. 

AM News: State Delays ESSA Plan, For-Profits Rebound, & More

Washington State to delay submission of plan for Every Student Succeeds Act seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Indiana Considers Pausing School Accountability Penalties—Again blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

After nearing collapse under Obama, for-profit colleges see Trump as chance for a rebound - AP apne.ws/2gFJGCx

National Advocacy Group Launches Charter School Legal Defense Fund - EdWeek  ow.ly/o6Gm306DkBJ

With new $1-million settlement in sex abuse case, L.A. Unified's payouts continue to climb  latimes.com/local/educatio…

The long and short of Gary Cohn, Washington’s new Superintendent of the Year seattletimes.com/education-lab/

Early learning program emphasizes teaching moments are everywhere, even in the syrup kuow.org/post/early-lea…

In New Orleans, A School That Refuses To Allow Its Students To Fail huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/29/new…

New Orleans High School Turbocharges Restorative Justice hechingerreport.org/new-orleans-hi…

 

Quotes: DeVos Appointment Could Press Educators To End Infighting

Quotes2She’s criticized charter schools, publicly funded and government-regulated schools, as well as the Common Core standards, which aim to set a bar against which all students, schools, and teachers can be measured — leading to market-style consequences for poor performance.

-- Elizabeth Green of Chalkbeat (Why Betsy DeVos could mean the end of the education wars as we know them)

Morning Video: Schott Foundation Boston Panel Reflects On Trump Win

See also this writeup from The Progressive.

AM News: TIMSS, Transition, LAUSD Grad Rate Audit

TIMSS
 
U.S. students still lag many Asian peers on international math and science exam  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
US students lag peers in East Asia, Russia in math, science - AP ow.ly/IVWC306CR7a
 
International test shows slight progress in math, science edsource.org/2016/internati…
 
This Muslim teen has her own way to protest the election - winning robotics competitions  latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
TRANSITION
 
In Pence, Trump finds school choice advocate ow.ly/gJtc306CRu7
 
Final ESSA Accountability Rules Boost State Flexibility in Key Areas  blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…
 
Feds Give States More Time to Bolster Struggling Schools abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS…
 
School Vouchers Vs. School Finance Reform: A 2017 Legislative Preview | KUT Austin ow.ly/uDm7306CRvH
 
SCHOOLS & DISTRICTS
 
Federal officials audit California’s rising high school graduation rates | 89.3 KPCC  ow.ly/eqgw306AOUU
 
Research Shows Some North Carolina Charters Are Making Segregation Worse  the74million.org/article/the-ne…
 
NYC Proposal Frames School Segregation as a Human Rights Issue wnyc.org/story/nyc-city…
 
How one St. Paul elementary school is building a trauma-informed learning environment minnpost.com/education/2016…
 
Should entire Thanksgiving week be a school holiday? Some schools find it's a cost-saving move  scpr.org/news/2016/11/2…
 
Special Education Focus Of Chicago Schools Budget Hearings wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…
 

Quotes: Realistic Limits On Trump & Private School Choice

Quotes2Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children. But most parents will still want their children in a school building during the day, taught by a teacher, not by a computer... The federal government is a much larger financial contributor to colleges and universities than to K-12 schools, and college students don’t need an adult looking after them all day.

Kevin Carey in the NYT (Why Trump’s Education Pick Won’t Be Able to Privatize U.S. Schools)

Morning Video: Nine-Month Online Teacher Program For $6K

 

From PBS NewsHour: "Emily Feistritzer has come a long way from her first entrepreneurial endeavor: going door to door selling glow-in-the-dark statues of the Virgin Mary. After a long career in education, she founded Teach-Now, a global company that provides online teaching degrees for $6,000 in just nine months -- a cheaper and faster alternative to what most traditional universities offer. William Brangham reports."

AM News: Almost-Secretary Falwell, Chicago Charter Crunch, Plus Teacher Adele

TRANSITION

Obama's agencies push flurry of 'midnight' actions [including education] - POLITICO  ow.ly/KRTs306A4D9

AP: Falwell Jr. says Trump offered him education secretary job ow.ly/hWRY306A4QD

Trump could open door to expanding D.C. school voucher program, advocates say  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Trump’s Election? Some Students Are Too Busy to Worry nytimes.com/2016/11/23/nyr…

School District Asks Police to Investigate Swastika Graffiti abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/s…

The push for positive school climate bumps up against Trump rhetoric edsource.org/2016/the-push-…

POLITICS
 
Pivoting toward 2018, MA Dems eye Baker challenge - News - southcoasttoday.com ow.ly/ia23306Ahdt

At least $1 million in costs to reach new Chicago teachers contract | Chicago Sun-Times  ow.ly/KNNA306A4tq

How a former nun made millions by training teachers Newshour…

KIDS & SCHOOLS

One South Bronx Teen Looks to College As Ladder Up, and Out wnyc.org/story/south-br…

Students Complained About Chattanooga Bus Driver's Actions Before Deadly Crash - BuzzFeed News pllqt.it/Vc5qpE

Adele set to work as a TEACHER she heads back to her old school after world tour - Mirror Online  ow.ly/bwWc306AatA

Charts: Trust In Schools On The Decline (Along With Other Institutions)

AM News: Two EdSec Contenders, Tolerance, Bus Crash, & More

TRANSITION

Education Secretary: Rhee vs. DeVos? What We Know About the Finalists (and 3 Other Wild Cards)  the74million.org/article/educat…

Trump’s Search For Education Secretary Narrows To Two Candidates buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleycl…

Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice, Student Debt and Common Core nytimes.com/2016/11/21/us/…

Jeff Sessions impact on school segregation in Alabama nyti.ms/2fyPqMV

What the Republican Victory at the State Level Means for Education - The Atlantic ow.ly/Mlrv306oa4r

DISTRICTS

Ivanka Trump Visits Success Academy Day After Eva Moskowitz Says No to Ed Secretary Job  the74million.org/article/ivanka…

Antwan Wilson, schools chief in Oakland, Calif., expected to be nominated for D.C. schools chancellor  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Bowser Picks Head Of Oakland Schools To Take Reins Of D.C. Public Schools wamu.org/news/16/11/22/…

TOLERANCE

Post-Election Bullying In Schools opb.org/radio/programs…

New Mexico schools aim to ease immigrant student nerves cabinetreport.com/human-resource…

Schools increasingly seek out tolerance workshops post-election scpr.org/news/2016/11/2…

BUS CRASH

Bus driver being charged in deadly Tenn. bus crash ow.ly/UeC4306pGjW

The Latest: Bus driver arrested in fatal school bus crash hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

MISC

Hard times for Kansas and its schools as economic 'experiment' creates gaping budget hole  latimes.com/local/educatio…

New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that  hechingerreport.org/new-study-show…

With CPS contract cap, only 1 charter school pursuing plan to open new site - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/UYql306pEMR

Education Secretary calls on all states to abandon corporal punishment - The Washington Post  ow.ly/oOYm306pEaj

Obama Administration Calls On Schools To Stop Abusing Kids huffingtonpost.com/2016/11/21/cor…

Quotes: NEA Head Quoted Praising White Suburban Schools In Louisiana

Quotes2When Katrina hit, it hit everybody's schools ... They rebuilt and modernized all the white suburb public schools. They ended up better than before and they bulldozed the public schools in the black neighborhoods.

- NEA head Lily Eskelsen Garcia quoted in Inlander

AM News: Transition News, Muslim-American Teachers, & More

TRUMP TRANSITION
 
On Sat, Michelle Rhee met with Donald Trump. - LA Times pllqt.it/LTIGY4
 
Trump school voucher plan comes against backdrop of opposition in California edsource.org/2016/trump-sch…
 
At Iowa High School, Election Results Kindle Tensions and Protests - The New York Times  ow.ly/cBtZ306nfQW
 
U.S. education secretary urges focus on students amid Trump transition - Baltimore Sun  ow.ly/bkWX306nfJ2
 
Dear Students: A Letter from Your Muslim American Teacher | VICE ow.ly/jO4h306mhYz
 
DISTRICTS/SCHOOLS
 
Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door npr.org/sections/ed/20…
 
D.C.’s public charter school system turned 20 this year. Now what? - The Washington Post  ow.ly/vJ62306nfMR
 
Ousted NC superintendent slams 33-year-old successor: WRAL.com ow.ly/ARH7306nixR
 
Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
In Lower Manhattan, a Move to Integrate Some Schools Is Delayed nytimes.com/2016/11/19/nyr…
 
School Integration Proposal on Hold for Lower Manhattan wnyc.org/story/school-i…
 
City To Sell School Building, Then Pay Rent wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Morning Video: Clinton At Children's Defense Fund, Hess At Shanker Institute

Or, watch the Wednesday Shanker Institute panel (Huerta, Martin, Brown, Hess, Weingarten) reflecting on the election and what comes next.  AFT writeup here.

Cartoon: A Different Kind Of Parent-Teacher Meeting

From last year.

AM News: States Lowered Teacher Prep Bar, Trump Trauma, & More

Teacher prep standards scaled back as shortage took hold cabinetreport.com/curriculum-ins…
 
A plan to fix Seattle student achievement gaps: teacher diversity, international schools seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…
 
Advocacy group warns fellow Democrats: Don't become Trump's education secretary  washingtonpost.com/news/education…
 
Trump's school choice expansion plan may face uphill battle | AP ow.ly/KST0306hz0R
 
Don’t give up on teaching, union president urges Miami's Community News ow.ly/fyQy306iGU7
 
Race-based St. Louis student transfer program could evolve with new criteria | St. Louis Public Radio ow.ly/h115306iH5m
 
Baltimore middle school teacher fired after racial tirade is captured on video  washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Mastery Charter Schools to pay $2,000 to settle city ethics complaint philly.com/philly/educati… via@phillydotcom

Educators grapple with post-election tensions USA Today ow.ly/Vjx6306iGkC

2 students, teacher reprimanded for Trump assassination skit hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Lunchtime Video: New President, New Higher Education Agenda

From Monday in DC: "At EWA’s forum on the 2016 election outcome, a panel of experts discuss the future of higher education policy with members of the media. Speakers: Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation Kevin Carey, New America David Cleary, Office of Senator Lamar Alexander Terry Hartle, American Council on Education Kenneth Terrell, Education Writers Association." via Education Writers Association.

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