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AM News: Duncan, Educators, Students Attend Weekend Civil Rights Protests

Arne Duncan Joins Al Sharpton's Civil Rights March PK12: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is among thousands of demonstrators who participated in a march through Washington, D.C. Saturday to focus attention on recent law enforcement actions that led to the deaths of unarmed African-American men, according to a tweet sent from his official account. See also here.

Teachers Protest Grand Jury Decisions At Police Precinct HuffPost: A.J. Hudson, an 8th grade biology teacher at KIPP Amp Middle School in Brooklyn, told The Huffington Post that the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for killing black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Staten Island, New York, have been “upsetting everyone” at his school. 

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Decries School Funding "Injustices" in Philly and Nation District Dossier: In a column printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, the Education Secretary says the nation should be embarrassed that the quality of children's public education is largely dependent on where they live and their parents' incomes.

Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why? NPR: The number of students being held back has been cut nearly in half, and researchers have no idea why.

Two Years Later, Still Learning From Sandy Hook NPR: A new report on the 2012 Newtown school shootings says that school administrators failed Adam Lanza despite their best efforts. The authors say the district had a lack of special education expertise. 

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

Wilson High principal Cahall, who came out as gay, says he’s losing job over test scores Washington Post: Peter Cahall, the Wilson High School principal who made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students at Pride Day activities, said he learned this month that his contract will not be renewed next school year because of test-score performance at the Northwest Washington school.

D.C. explores widening the road to earning a high school diploma Washington Post: As D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson embarks on a plan to “rethink high schools” and improve graduation rates in 2015, she is pushing for new regulations that would move District schools for the first time away from a century-old measure of academic progress: seat time.

A Brooklyn School’s Curriculum Includes Ambition NYT: Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the poorest neighborhood in New York City, is seen by many as a safe zone in a crime-plagued area, and a gateway out of generational poverty.

Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress MinnPost: Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is fond of saying that culture will eat strategy for lunch. What if the culture she has been trying, with broad swaths of the city behind her, to change for four years has taken a final, fatal bite of her once-bold strategy? 

A For-Profit College Tries The Charter School Market NPR: ITT Technical Institute sought to open high schools around the country, but it's meeting resistance.

State Aid Formula Said to Hurt in a District Where Most Go to Yeshivas NYT: While a state monitor recently accused the East Ramapo school board of mismanagement that favored its yeshivas, New York’s formula gives the public schools below-average state aid.

Demand For Dual-Language Programs In D.C. Public Schools Skyrockets WAMU: Imagine learning Chemistry in English and Chinese. More and more students are doing just that at D.C.'s growing number of language-immersion schools.


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