Or, as the Huffington Post put it, "At This Rate, It Will Be A Very Long Time Before Every Child Gets Access To Preschool."
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
Here I was this advocate for education, and I couldn’t find a place for my son... I was crying in the principal’s office and I said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ The principal said, ‘I don’t either.
Parent and advocate Arlyssa Heard in The Atlantic (The Bills That Want to Solve Detroit's School Crisis)
"When you don't know the answer but have to give it a try anyway."
From Monday's Mathletics National Championship, which was broadcast on ESPN.
From last week: "Across Boston and around the country, thousands of educators, parents and students—along with our community allies—gathered in close to 80 cities on May 4 to demonstrate support for the public schools all our students deserve—public schools that have the resources to provide every student with a world-class education. In the face of increasing threats to our public education system, these "walk-ins" showed support." via AFT.
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
More than a half-million poorly prepared students — or about one in four — were required to take remedial courses in math, English or writing. Forty-five percent of them came from middle-, upper-middle- and high-income families... At private, nonprofit four-year schools, for example, students whose families were in the top 20 percent of income nationally actually took more remedial courses than students in the bottom 20 percent at the same colleges.
-- NYT editorial page (aka Brent Staples) in Guess Who’s Taking Remedial Classes
"Today’s Mathcounts national championship for middle-school mathletes aired on ESPN3, and it was definitely the best live sports anyone could be watching at 10 a.m. on a Monday morning." Click the link to view. Via Deadspin.
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
I am bound and determined to bring GIFs and short videos to education-land, and here's a good start to the week I think. Via TIME magazine.
There's something moving about these and other pictures of President Bush and his team, and the kids he's visiting.
In their haste to pull away from something they didn’t want, many states were left without backup plans. They quickly assembled new testing programs that, all over the country, are now backfiring. Three or more years is generally what’s needed to design and vet a new test, but some states, including Indiana, are trying to do that work in two years or less.
-- Chalkbeat's Shaina Cavasos in They rejected multi-state Common Core exams. Now what?
Watch WGN TV coverage of the LaRavierre/Emanuel conflict (which for the record has not been fully reported by independent media). Or, click here to watch President Obama talk to Howard University students about being young, gifted, and black in 2016. Or, check out this 360 degree video of a tornado.
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
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
You might or might not want to click the PLAY button, but you should definitely read this EWA campaign roundup.
Signs abound that this era of polarization is giving way to a different and more constructive phase in U.S. efforts to boost student achievement.... The dawn of a new era of K-12 philanthropy .... Funders [like Walton and Broad] are no longer the dominant drivers.
Inside Philanthropy's David Callahn (The New Era of K-12 Philanthropy)
Decade after Katrina, New Orleans poised to regain schools : AP Article ow.ly/4nuzGA
D.C. teachers protest salaries and failed contract negotiations - The Washington Post ow.ly/4nuzi2
Michigan House Passes Legislation to Pay Off Debt of Detroit Schools - WSJ http://ow.ly/4nuGVi
Survey: Nearly half of teachers would quit now for higher-paying job http://ow.ly/4nuGZb
ALEC summit in Pittsburgh to attract lawmakers, controversy | TribLIVE ow.ly/4ntLU6
Donald Trump Says He Likes Local School Boards, But Don't Tell That to Los Angeles -Education Week ow.ly/4nuzAi
Randi Weingarten: Donald Trump's Rhetoric Has Contaminated Schools - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/4nuzEk
Top State Senator Attacks de Blasio on School Control Push - The New York Times ow.ly/4nuzua
Funding US Schools | OPB ow.ly/4nuzT1
Emanuel: Teachers union tax ideas not an answer for school funding - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4nuA1A
Police: Gunman Killed Estranged Wife Outside High School - ABC News ow.ly/4nuzX9
Deep Inside New York's JFK Airport, There's A High School : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4nuzta
So much of the recent attention towards school segregation has focused on within-district segregation, which makes sense. Gentrification, attendance zone boundaries, immigration, and other factors all play a role there, and are relatively easily understood and at least theoretically addressed by a single school district or mayoral agency.
But as USC's Ann Owens explained at last week's #EWA16 event, the most segregation takes place between different districts.
One reason this may garner less attention is that it makes it harder to consider what the solutions might be when two semi-autonomous public agencies are involved, and one of them is probably much better-off than the other. Consolidating districts? Good luck with that. Transfer agreements between districts? NCLB called for those but generated precious few actual transfers.
Interested in more about media coverage of segregation? Check out my column at The Grade about the surge in coverage, and some possible problems it raises.
Credit Ann Owens and sources listed.
There are all sorts of conferences going on in May, including the upcoming May 10-11 New Schools Venture Fund Summit 2016 in San Francisco.
In case you haven't heard, NewSchools Summit is "an annual invitation-only gathering for education leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in K-12 education innovation." And it's big -- 1,000 attendees. Lots of VIP speakers (see above).
NSVF was the first place I saw Google Glass (RIP), and I'm guessing that this year's event will be full of drone demos, holograms/VR, hoverboards, 3D printers, bots, and wearables. AltSchool's Max Ventilla will be a mini-celebrity. Newly-hired Chan Zuckerberg honcho Jim Shelton will be a full-on celebrity.
No surprise -- everyone's doing it -- one of the big pushes at NSVF this year is trying to create an authentic, diverse movement. LEE's organizing guru Mark Fraley, is going to be speaking, along with #BlackLivesMatter's Brittany Packnett and DREAMer José Patiño.
Sponsors of the $1,000 per ticket event include Carnegie Corporation, Walton, Startup:Education (aka Chan Zuckerberg), Gates, Peak , the College Board + Khan Academy, and the Schusterman Foundation.
Related posts: NewSchools 2015 Summit Live Twitter Feed; They're Beaming NSVF Summit 2014 To Boston; Google Glasses Live from NSVF Summit 2013; Thoughts On NSVF 2012; Rahm Emanuel And Arlene Laurene Powell Jobs At NSVF'12; Reformy 2011 Summit Returns To Silicon Valley; Fashion Hits & Misses At The 2010 NSVF Summit; Another Spring, Another Summit (2009); NSFV: Live Tweets From Pasadena '09; Microblogging The 2008 NSVF Summit.
Here's Seth Myers talking about Teacher Appreciation Week and the Detroit teachers sick-out. Via Valeria Strauss. Meantime, Chicago teachers seem to be backing off their move towards a second strike.
Online Testing in Georgia Disrupted by Glitches - Market Brief ow.ly/4nqKHP
School-related civil rights complaints surgeow.ly/4ns5P7
Chancellor Encourages Schools to 'Re-Brand' Better - WNYC ow.ly/4ns5Rv
Garfield High choir teacher placed on leave | The Seattle Times ow.ly/4ns5Cs
How Much Does It Cost To Educate A Student In Michigan? (Or, In The U.S.?) : NPR ow.ly/4ns5eq
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
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 http://ow.ly/4nmCw1
Education secretary calls for repeal of 2 transgender laws -AP Article http://ow.ly/4nmCu0
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
People taking AP exams today pic.twitter.com/h8P69R9RGj— Chupa (@NotTateColeman) May 2, 2016
"It's that time of year when high school students summon their wills for Advanced Placement exams, and the anxiety is real. Here's encouragement and advice from those who know what it's like."
See more at Twitter Moments.
"There's some deep ... problems that we as a society haven't faced up to yet.," says"Sean Reardon, a professor of poverty and inequality in education at Stanford University in this EdWeek video and article (Achievement Gaps and Racial Segregation: Research Finds an Insidious Cycle)
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 http://ow.ly/4njQqo
Sick-out by Teachers Shuts Nearly All Detroit Public Schools - ABC News https://t.co/sDjoln5DAA
CTU: Teachers leaning away from May strike http://sun-tim.es/1W1vJjE
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
A NYT piece out today emphasizes the strong correlation between income and student achievement. This chart reads: "6th graders in richest districts test 4 grades ahead of peers in poorest."
Some districts, like Union City, NJ seem to beat the odds. Others -- especially areas with large SES variations and school segregation -- show large gaps between low- and high-income student populations.
Folks like @thaddomina were quick to point out that the data also show that "the variation among SES-similar districts is important, too." The MSDF's Joe Siedleki picked New Orleans out.
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
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 http://ow.ly/4neH5T
Watch some snippets from a Chicago play about a closing school that seems to take place in a teachers' lounger (The Last Days of a Chicago Public School) via WNYC.
As the mayor knows, the demand for public charter schools grows every year in his city...Unfortunately, the mayor pursues policies which look to close the doors of new or expanded public charter schools to Newark families in order to pursue his pro-union political agenda. The state will stop him from doing so.
- NJ Governor Chris Christie (Christie calls Baraka funding criticisms part of 'pro-union' agenda)
The 69th Education Writers Association National Seminar is taking place starting Sunday, and all your favorite education journalists are scheduled to be there: members of the NPR education team, the NYT's Peabody-winning Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer-winning Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner, the the NYT's Kate Zernike, WSJ's Leslie Brody, etc. Plus there will be many big-name policy wonks and education leaders, such as Boston superintendent Tommy Chang, Stanford's Sean Reardon, UPenn's Angela Duckworth, the AFT's Randi Weingarten, MA's Mitch Chester, and EdSec John King.
The vast majority of the upcoming EWA annual conference in Boston starting this weekend is dedicated to helping journalists understand hot topics in education. There's an app. There's a print program. There are "lightning talks." There's a hashtag: #EWA16.
But there are also a slew of few panels and events focused on education journalism itself, including of course the annual EWA awards. The first morning of the conference is focused on journalists describing how they reported a challenging topic, using data, adding audio, and getting access. The afternoon session includes journalists like Kristina Rizga and Dale Russakoff talking about their book-length projects. Some of the "Lightning Talks" -- 5 Mistakes Journos Make When Covering Ed Research, How to Really Talk with Boys from Diverse Backgrounds, Maximizing Digital Media for Reporting -- focus on the tools of the trade.
The only topics missing that I can see are writing for social media (Snapchat, Facebook Live) and using images and graphics.
Teachers and education reporters have lots in common, notes EWA head Caroline Hendrie in the program introduction: "In both education and journalism, interest in addressing inequality and injustice – social, economic, and institutional – is on the rise. Both educators and members of the news media face demands for greater fairness from the communities affected by their work. Concern about inculcating cultural competence in both educators and reporters is keen. How to diversify both fields’ workforces remains a stubborn problem. At the same time, the two sectors are struggling to meet ever-changing standards of quality. After all, both fields are traversing periods of transformation, as new technologies and standards of excellence continuously redefine success."
Indeed, as has been noted before, the overlap between education reporters and educators -- including lack of diversity -- raises some interesting issues.
The results of the EWA member survey will be released on Sunday. For more on #edJOC read Why Nikole Hannah-Jones Matters (To Education Journalism In Particular) or read some of the related posts at the bottom of the page.
Another notable angle: For the first time in recent memory, the EWA award winners will be announced at this event -- after the Peabody and Pulitzer awards have already been named. For background on the finalists, read Hits, Misses, Snubs, & Mysteries.
Who funds all this? Well, the event is co-sponsored with BU's Communications and Education Schools, and the sponsor page includes the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Raikes, Wallace, Walton, Hewlett, Nellie Mae, American Federation of Teachers, Pearson, College Board, Edwin Gould, Gates, National Education Association, Secure Schools Alliance, American Institutes for Research, and Scholastic. Programming for new reporters comes from Spencer and the W.T. Grant Foundation.
Related posts: Efforts To Recruit More Journalists Of Color (To Cover Education); Just How White Is Education Journalism — & How To Encourage More #edJOC?; New Opportunities - & New Challenges - For 7 Education Journalism Teams; Delightful High School Swim Class Story Wins Murrow Journalism Award; School Segregation Coverage Wins 2 Pulitzers & A Peabody.
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
Observers and policymakers refer easily to New York’s pre-K program as part of the “public” education system or at the very least as a “public” education program. Yet vouchers for K-12 private schools are often criticized for “privatizing” public education.
-- James Ryan in Medium (The Largest Voucher Program You’ve Never Heard About)
"Donald is VERY disruptive, but his classmates love his sense of entitlement and incessant bragging about his accomplishments." via The New Yorker
Here's a Philadelphia ad that was posted by the AFT to YouTube. Pretty straightforward stuff, though obviously appealing to teachers to pick Clinton over Sanders. If there were deeper/sharper conflicts between the two campaigns over the teacher vote, I haven't seen them.
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
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 http://ow.ly/4n7Iem
Michelle Obama Encourages New York Students to Reach Higher - ABC News ow.ly/4n9mOb
"The memo goes over the basics — bring a suit, a towel. Nose plug optional. And then, at the very bottom, in a long section about being “medically excused” from swimming, the memo says this, in bold: “Only notes from a medical doctor other than Dr. Fong will be accepted.” (WBEZ Find Dr. Fong)