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)
If all goes as expected, Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson (above right) will lose the Baltimore mayoral primary today.
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."
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:
.@may20p, ✊🏾.— deray mckesson (@deray) April 6, 2016
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.
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."
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/…
Far 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)
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.