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Cartoon: States Reacting To ESSA Regulations

Essa regs"These new ESSA regulations will fundamentally change the way we get around them."

Adapted from the New Yorker.

Morning Video: President Honors National Teacher Of The Year

It's hard not to feel the love in the room watching the last Obama teacher celebration, via PBS News. Click the link to see a great picture of Jahana Hayes celebrating being named NTOY. Or watch the NBC News version of the event here.

AM News: Detroit Back To School, School Crime Decline

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

Afternoon Video: Live From Detroit Sickout Day #2

Via Twitter Moments -- see more here.

Live Coverage: EWA 2016

The annual Education Writers Association conference is taking place over the next few days in Boston, so there will be a bunch of livetweeting using the #ewa16 hashtag. For example:

AM News: Detroit Sickout Day 2, EdSec Talks Integration & Tolerance

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

Education secretary calls for repeal of 2 transgender laws -AP Article

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

#edGIF Of The Day: Good Luck On Those AP Tests

"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.

Morning Video: Best-Off Districts Often Generate Biggest Achievement Gaps

"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)

AM News: Jane Sanders On Testing, Clinton Treads Lightly, Plus Detroit and Chicago

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

Sick-out by Teachers Shuts Nearly All Detroit Public Schools - ABC News https://t.co/sDjoln5DAA

CTU: Teachers leaning away from May strike  

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

Quotes: School Funding As "A Kind Of Mission Creep"

Quotes2Did Mary's mother get arrested the night before? Did Johnny not come with shoes to school? Those aren't to me core issues of education.

Republican Indiana state Rep. Tim Brown in NPR (What Difference Does A Dollar Make?)

Charts: Income & Achievement Matches -- With Variations

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.

Cartoons: School Seating Chart Generates Controversy

This "School Seating Chart" being shared around on Twitter and Facebook has proven to be somewhat controversial, generating a hashtag and alternative charts such as this one.

AM News: Friday News Roundup

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

Michigan Caught between Common Core and other state’s old standards :: SI&A Cabinet Report
 
School choir invited back to 9/11 memorial after being cut off midperformance -

 

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

 

Afternoon Video: New Play About Teachers At A Closing Chicago School

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.

Quotes: NJ Gov. Christie Back To Bashing Baraka

Quotes2As 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)

Events: Previewing Next Week's EWA National Conference In Boston

image from www.ewa.org

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 TeamsDelightful High School Swim Class Story Wins Murrow Journalism AwardSchool Segregation Coverage Wins 2 Pulitzers & A Peabody.

AM News: Tennessee Cancels Testing/Contract, Election Wins/Losses In Maryland & Baltimore

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

Quotes: NYC's Publicly Funded Preschool Expansion Looks A Lot Like A Voucher Program

Quotes2Observers 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)

Campaign 2016: Discovery Of Donald Trump's First-Grade Report Card

"Donald is VERY disruptive, but his classmates love his sense of entitlement and incessant bragging about his accomplishments." via The New Yorker

Morning Video: AFT Solidarity Ad For Clinton In Philadelphia

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. 

AM News: Here Come Uninspiring New NAEP Scores For HS Seniors

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

 America's high school seniors' reading and math scores have hit a wall - LA Times pllqt.it/Z4qQVg

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

Michelle Obama Encourages New York Students to Reach Higher - ABC News ow.ly/4n9mOb

School Life: Excuse Notes (For Gym Class, Swim Class, Etc.)

Need to get out of swim class? Find Dr. Fong.

"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)

 

 

Campaign 2016: Democrats Fighting Over [& With] #BlackLivesMatter

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If all goes as expected, Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson (above right) will lose the Baltimore mayoral primary today.
 
But that shouldn't obscure what may be the biggest development of the first half of 2016, which is the uncertain, awkward interactions between the social justice movement BLM and the partisan political systems and players that shape everything from how billions in education funding gets spent to how Congressional districts are created.  
 
Even assuming McKesson loses, this Mother Jones article notes that BLM has backed winning candidates in other races.

There's no doubt that BLM has burst onto the scene like a much-anticipated Beyonce album. Just the other day, President Obama -- sounding somewhat out of tune given the detailed proposals of Project Zero -- criticized BLM for too much yelling and not enough engagement. 

Everybody wants to ally with BLM -- from Sanders and Clinton to teachers and school reformers -- at least most of the time.

But it isn't at all clear where the fit is going to last and (so far at least) BLM leaders haven't fractured or joined forces with any particular stakeholder group -- labor, education reform, the Democratic Party establishment, or Bernie Sanders liberals. 

McKesson, with his school reform background, has raised suspicions among some labor activists and progressives who might otherwise be eager to join with the social justice leader.

But for union and other leaders it's hard to figure out how to be with and against BLM leaders at the same time, or to come up with any coherent approach.

In recent weeks, there have been some fascinating, seemingly illustrative run-ins between BLM and existing advocacy groups like the Chicago Teachers Union.

In case you missed it, the CTU invited BLM to join a rally a few weeks ago, then struggled to figure out what to do when BLM's Page May started denouncing the police -- a union local -- from the event podium.

"The CTU keeps acting like they are on our side, but then Karen Lewis refuses to say cops need to get out of schools," May said in the DNA Info story. "Until they come out explicitly opposed to cops in schools, I don't think we are fighting on the same side."

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Read more about that in this excellent Laura Moser piece from Slate (Chicago Teachers Union is going through an awkward radicalization).

According to this American Prospect story, local BLM activists were part of the one-day CTU walkout.  And indeed they were there. But obviously CTU and the local BLM weren't really on the same page -- creating a conflict with the union that represents police officers.

When called on to apologize to the police for the rally comments, one CTU ally defiantly Tweeted "CTU can apologize once the [police union] apologizes for supporting & fundraising 100k for [police officer] Van Dyke who killed our CPS student."

A top CTU official distanced the union from the comments.

At roughly the same time, McKesson was indicating his support in the form of a raised fist emoji: 

How this is going to resolve is anybody's guess. BLM could implode or fade, like so many previous groups. It could splinter, or it could find an ally with one or several of the existing combatants out there.

The conundrum is just as much a challenge to education reform groups and Democratic Party traditionalists as it is to the CTU or progressives.

And of course much of the outcome will be shaped by BLM itself.

    Quotes: The Real Struggle Behind Common Core Debate

    Quotes2It’s not that the kids couldn’t do it. But it was so much more difficult for teachers to teach, and it took longer to teach these deeper concepts.

    - Texas teacher Shanna Peeples, reflecting on year as USDE Ambassador, in Deseret News (Last year’s Teacher of the Year shares thoughts)

    TV: That *Awful* Charter School Finale From "Togetherness"

    I didn't hate finale of "Togetherness" as much as some folks -- or for the same reasons -- but the show certainly was a reminder that we should all be careful for what we wish for.

    With "Togetherness," I think I may have finally learned my lesson.

    For years, I've been hectoring my friends about the need for more and better depictions of schools in popular media, and celebrating the appearance of education wherever it might show up ("Parenthood," anyone?). 

    But Season Two of "Togetherness" got deeply into the issue as a major plotline, and it was disappointing to see how superficial and unrealistic the result turned out to be. 

    In Salon (The empty charter school dream), Sonia Saraiya traces the show from Season One to Season Two in ways that I find familiar. "For a show that can be so self-aware about marital dynamics and Hollywood culture, the charter school subplot is a glaring blind spot, one that is given more and more screentime as the season progresses."

    There were moments during Season Two that rang true: the uncomfortably fancy charter school fundraiser, the hilariously cliche'd curriculum (except it should have been a "forest" school , no?), the over-educated and clueless white parents thinking that creating and running a school is a lot easier than it is.

    But this recap (Everything Changes) makes clear how ridiculous things get by the end: "Michelle gets an idea to save the school: an educational theater show that is built by the kids. All they need to do is … tear everything down and rebuild it under the guidance of Sophie. Cut to the construction montage."

    Related posts: Oh, No! Girls' Lena Dunham Is Going To Be A TeacherThe origins of the LA schools storyline on 'Togetherness'New TV Series Features Immature Teachers.

    AM News: NJ One Of Just 7 States Using PARCC Common Core Test

    N.J. one of just 7 states still using PARCC tests in 2016 | NJ.com ow.ly/4n6z4s

    Senator Alexander Blames Feds For TNReady Delays | Nashville Public Radio ow.ly/4n6AhG

    Kentucky's Unprecedented Success In School Funding Is On The Line : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4n6ytv

    How Massachusetts Became The Best State In Education : NPR ow.ly/4n6ybi

    School budget laws complicate tracking of Common Core spending | EdSource ow.ly/4n6z8z

    When Arne Duncan visits Memphis on Friday, he’ll see part of his legacy as U.S. ed chief | Chalkbeat ow.ly/4n6zbb

    First Lady Michelle Obama to host college signing event in Harlem | New York Amsterdam News view ow.ly/4n6zeV

    Wisconsin Prom Shooting Leaves Teenage Suspect Dead and Town Shaken - The New York Times ow.ly/4n6y4E

    Cruz takes lessons on education from Milton Friedman, his faith politico.com/story/2016/04/…

    Quotes: DCPS Henderson Cites Bush's "Soft Bigotry" Line

    Quotes2Far too many adults are empathetic and sympathetic to our young people and they want to cut them some slack and in fact that is the worst this you can do for kids who are struggling or kids who are behind or kids who come from vulnerable families.... That’s absolutely wrong. The reason why the Common Core is important and has very real implications around race and class is what former President Bush referred to as the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations.’ When we hold kids to high expectations they rise to them.

    - DCPS head Kaya Henderson in WAMU segment (Teachers In D.C, Maryland Keep Up The Pressure As PARCC Season Is Upon Us)

    People: Don't Know Who Keron Blair Is? You Should.

     

    CREDIT: KERON BLAIR/FACEBOOK

     
    Meet Keron Blair, described as the Organizer Behind Education Protests Sweeping The Country in this ThinkProgress piece. I've been following him and the coalition he helps organize, AROS (Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools). AROS puts out the useful "This Week In Education Organizing" email. They were at NPE in North Carolina a couple of weekends ago. They're organization another round of Walk-Ins on 5/4 (next week). Details here.

     

    #EDgif Of The Day: Does It Matter That The Funding Fairy Only Visits Some Schools?

     

    From NPR: The School Spending Debate: What Difference Does A Dollar Make? #schoolmoney

    Morning Video: "EduShyster" Vs. EduShyster

    Last weekend in North Carolina, Jennifer Berkshire and Peter Cunningham talked education at the NPE conference. Watch it above. Note how close to the door Cunningham has arranged to sit. Read his reflections on the experience here

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in This Week In Education are strictly those of the author and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Scholastic, Inc.