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AM News: Gates-Funded Small Schools Work After All, Says New Study

Small high schools send larger shares of students to college, new study says ChalkbeatNY: The multi-year study examines a subset of 123 “small schools of choice” that opened between 2002 and 2008 with private funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and support from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All NPR: A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools.

Deasy Resigns as Los Angeles Schools Chief After Mounting Criticism NYT: John E. Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, had clashed with the school board, and drawn flak for a flawed $1.3 billion plan to give iPads to students.

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy NPR: The Los Angeles schools superintendent is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

Deasy resigns as superintendent of LA Unified EdSource Today: Los Angeles Unified School superintendent John Deasy submitted his resignation this morning, after more than a year of turmoil and conflict with the seven-member elected school board. Deasy reportedly cut short a trip to South Korea to negotiate the terms of his departure. 

Los Angeles Unified announces Deasy's exit after secret vote to pay him through end of year LA Daily News: The separation agreement was approved in a 6-1 vote Tuesday. Board member Monica Ratliff, one of two elected officials representing the San Fernando Valley, cast the sole dissenting vote. Ratliff’s office declined to comment on why she voted against the agreement.

Cortines faces challenging tasks as he steps in behind departing superintendent KPCC: This time, Cortines may be in place for a long haul as the board searches for a permanent superintendent. There is little desire among school board members to send the district into more turmoil with another swift change at the top. 

How Schools Are Responding To The Threat of Ebola HuffPost: Schools around the country are taking steps against Ebola, screening students, passing out information and, with the air travel of an infected nurse between Texas and Ohio, closing schools in those two states.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

D.C. teachers share tips for implementing Common Core standards Washington Post: More than 100 educators in the District met for a day-long training Thursday on implementing the new Common Core academic standards.

Newark School Chief Paints Picture of Bright Future on the Horizon NJ Spotlight: Anderson listed improvements in the state-run district’s graduation rate, academic progress being made in its lowest performing schools, and a range of other improvements that she said have been accomplished or on the way. The controversial “One Newark” school reorganization plan, she said, has been successful in providing city families real choices.

Resignation Raises Questions About City's Plan to Help Failing Schools, or Lack Thereof NYC: Unlike his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reluctant to close failing schools except as a last resort."Failed schools like failed organizations don’t reinvent themselves," said Nadelstern, now a professor of practice in educational leadership at Teachers College. "It requires a different, not only different leadership but very often the opportunity to push out the old culture and create a new culture."

One scholar’s path from homeless shelter to halls of Georgetown PBS NewsHour: The U.S. Department of Education recently released data that showed there were more than 1.2 million homeless students enrolled in public schools last year, the highest ever. As the nation’s educators continue to struggle with the problem, the “NewsHour”‘s April Brown tells the story of one Washington, D.C., teenager who defied the odds and may well inspire other kids in similar situations.

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Kudos to Chalkbeat for reporting that the Gates Foundation funded the small schools, the study AND Chalkbeat itself:

The Gates Foundation, which funds MDRC’s research, put $150 million into the city’s small schools before ending its small-schools giving in 2008, citing students’ low college-readiness rates. (Chalkbeat also receives funding from the Gates Foundation.)

Seems like as big a deal as This Week in Education is making of that kind of disclosure, TWIE should have specified that too.

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