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Quotes: Bedbugs & Distressed Teachers In Detroit

Quotes2Just imagine being at a school where you sit down, get your education, you get back up, go home, next thing you know you brought bedbugs from school to your home... Just imagine being at a school where your teachers are all sick and tired, and they’re acting like they’re not able to teach because they’re not getting paid for what they do.

-- Detroit high school student Demarcus Taylor quoted in Alexandria Neason's Harper's feature story (Held Back)

TV: "Transparent" Producers Were Bullied In High School

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Transparent is back -- horrifying and human as ever. And with it, discussion of the lives of trans people in America.

“It was only when I started working at the high school that I saw she took a lot of crap,” said one parent. 

"As the only queer kid at his public middle school and later at the local Quaker school, he says, he was treated poorly by both students and teachers."

From the NYT's How Two Producers of ‘Transparent’ Made Their Own Trans Lives More Visible

Morning Video: Bringing Back The Arts In Boston

DC schools may teach everyone how to ride a bike, but Boston schools are aiming to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. Via the PBS NewsHour.

AM News: Implicit Bias & Preschool Teachers

Yale study suggests racial bias among preschool teachers - WashPost washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem nzzl.us/HrongSg via @npr_ed

Yes, Preschool Teachers Really Do Treat Black And White Children Totally Differently | Huffington Post ow.ly/RY6M304Efks

What Boston Latin School's Federal Probe Results And State Downgrade Mean | Edify ow.ly/J12e304EcAp

Is there a teacher shortage? Fear is overblown, council says nola.com/education/inde…

New Detroit public school system brings new hope and old fears - Free Press ow.ly/U3IS304Efg8

Analysis: Hillary Clinton Is Right About Head Start the74million.org/article/analys…

Hoping to regain momentum, local NYC charter movement revives rally strategy ow.ly/riPo304EcTH

Enrollment Decline Sets Stage For More Cuts To Chicago Classrooms | WBEZ ow.ly/nAhT304EcCI

TV: Always Good When Shows Open With A Classroom Scene

The new HBO series "Insecure" (produced by Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore, among others) opens with the protagonist presenting her nonprofit program ("We Got You All") getting a gentle hazing from a class of middle(?) school students.

One of the opening voiceover lines: "My boss founded a nonprofit to help kids in the hood. But she didn't hire anyone from the hood."

School Life: Desk From The Segregated South

image from ids.si.eduOne of the most directly school-related items at the newly-opened museum of African-American history in Washington DC: "This simple desk was used between 1925 and 1954 in one of the 5,000 so-called Rosenwald Schools, a network created by Booker T. Washington and Sears Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald to educate African American children in the segregated South."  Gift of the Hope School Community Center, Pomaria, SC, via Washington Post (Black History museum artifacts)

 

Quotes: Leave No Child Behind (In District Schools)

Quotes2Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind... I hope that the Legislature, the teachers, and the parents can come together to find ways to make sure all kids in Massachusetts get a first-rate education without pitting groups against each other.

- MA Senator Elizabeth Warren, announcing her opposition to a proposed charter expansion (Boston Herald)

Morning Video: Getting Rid Of Middle School?

Is K-8 better than middle school or junior high? The whiz kids at TODAY show riff off a New York Magazine article and some recent research.

Or watch this CAP event: How Can Public Schools Better Support Talented Students of Color?

AM News: Warren Opposes MA Charter Expansion, Chicago Teachers Vote To Strike, & More

Elizabeth Warren against charter school increase | Boston Herald http://ow.ly/E5fo304BBcV

MA Senator announces opposition to charter expansion ballot questions pllqt.it/QXauG7

What's next in the wake of Chicago Teachers Union strike vote | Chicago Sun-Times  ow.ly/7SFa304BAib

Overwhelming vote for CPS strike - Crain's Chicago Business news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Chicago Teachers Vote To Authorize Strike In Contract Talks wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

K-12 Education Shut Out of the Presidential Debate Spotlight blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

New SAT exam taken by nearly 1.4 M students, no scores yet - San Antonio Express-News ow.ly/FZ64304BALA

SAT scores fall modestly in a year of transition for college admission test  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

College Board chief promises changes to SAT test amid controversies | Reuters ow.ly/Mcx3304AS8v

NPR: How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You' wamu.org/news/16/09/26/…

Is it time to get rid of middle school? -TODAY.com ow.ly/CXRm304AS3B

Teaching Middle Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Outgoing D.C. schools leader wants to move out of public eye washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

School Life: Armed Teachers Warning Signs In Texas

In Illinois, they have the signs saying no guns in here. In Texas, it's just the opposite. Via Washington Post.

Afternoon Video: "The Home Stretch" Won An Emmy Last Week

"Roque, Kasey, and Anthony will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age." Read more here. From Independent Lens. 

Events: Here's Everybody's Future School Trip Destination

Count yourself among the very lucky ones if you were at the opening of the African-American History Museum last weekend. It's going to be a place of families and school field trips for decades to come.

AM News: Looming Chicago Strike, Momentous Debate, & More

Chicago Teachers Make Moves Toward Strike wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

For Students In Tulsa, Pain Frames Conversation About Video Death of Parent Crutcher npr.org/2016/09/24/495…

Brown vetoes bill intended to place more emphasis on test scores edsource.org/2016/brown-vet…

Arne Duncan talk at Smith College draws anti-charter school protesters ow.ly/Oj9k304z9E6

A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade apmreports.org/apmreports/edu…

Texas school warns teachers might be armed |NOLA.com ow.ly/mkld304z3fw

Obama’s Chief for Black Kids’ Education Reflects on Wins, Work Left Undone | The 74 @AfAmEducation #TeachTheBabies https…

As kindergarten ratchets up academics, parents feel the stress washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

New affordable, outdoor preschool brings breath of fresh air to Seattle seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e…

Suburban Chicago districts offer cash bonus to some retired educators - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/rCdD304z4xE

Morning Video: Syrian Refugee Student Lands In Modesto School

Watch the segment above, then read the Modesto Bee story here.

Site News: Gone Fishing -- TGIF

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Just so you know -- I'm away again today, this first Friday of Fall.

That frees you up to get offline, get lots done, and start preparing for the weekend.

Septembers are busy, frenetic even. You probably need some down time. 

See you Monday!

 

Update: Teachers/Unions Concerned About Police Leaving Schools

One of the big stories of the week is the Dignity In Schools campaign launch calling for the removal of most police officers from public schools. 

So far, the news has been covered by CPI (Coalition calls for end of police presence in schools), Huffington Post (Over 100 Education Groups Want To Kick Cops Out Of Schools), and Education Week (Get Police Out of Schools, Coalition of Student, Parent Groups Says).

According to the Huffington Post, the new recommendations are "the strongest that DSC member organizations ― groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund ― have ever made collectively on the issue of school policing." The campaign is active in 27 states and claims 100 city and state member groups including the NAACP LDEF.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration called for districts to “responsibly incorporate” officers into the learning environment -- but stopped short of a ban. 

What's been left out so far is the tension between teachers' understandable concerns about classroom safety and order and advocates' understandable concerns about over-policing of schools.

According to EdWeek, the National Association of School Resource Officers "largely agreed with the federal guidance" but has not so far as I know endorsed the #CounselorsNotCops campaign. Nor has the NEA or AFT commented on the campaign. 

Conflicting views over the benefits of police in schools came up in Chicago in April, when a Chicago Teachers Union-organized protest event included a #BlackLivesMatter calling for the removal of the police from city schools.  

As reporting by DNAInfo ('F The Police' Speaker At Teacher Rally Not With CPS, But Union Takes Heat), activist Page May slammed the Chicago police and anyone associated with them. Just before her, union head Karen Lewis had praised the police.

"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 DNAInfo story. "Until [the Chicago Teachers Union] come out explicitly opposed to cops in schools, I don't think we are fighting on the same side."

The Seattle Times has also reported about the challenges some schools and districts have found in trying to rethink their school discipline policies. One story (Highline district struggles with fallout after limiting student suspensions), focusing on the related issue of school suspensions, reports that roughly 200 teachers have left the district in the past few months, many of them in reaction to the "elimination" of out of school suspensions, and the local teachers union president has flagged the turnover as a sign of major trouble looming. 

Some social justice advocacy groups like the NAACP and #BlackLivesMatter may find common cause with classroom teachers and unions over prioritizing neighborhood schools and limiting "privatization" of education, but the Dignity In Schools campaign highlights the tensions that quickly emerge in other areas.

For practical and political reasons, classroom teachers and their unions are likely to be extremely reluctant about endorsing a move to remove police officers from schools.

Why so? Fear is one obvious reason. (Here's a cameraphone video said to be depicting a teacher and student fighting in a Philadelphia school.) At a more ideological level, teachers unions and police unions often try to work together at the local level, and as the Chicago incident reveals they can be reluctant to disagree publicly. 

Still, there's much we don't know. What do the NEA, AFT, and National Association of School Resource Officers have to say about the Dignity In Schools campaign? What does the Obama administration say? And what about Clinton and Trump?

Morning Video: Where Trump & Clinton Stand On Education

In this segment, the PBS NewsHour tries to get at the candidates' differences on education.

Or read about a disturbing video of kids chanting a racially offensive phrase on a Maryland school bus, via Washington Post. 

AM News: Weingarten, CA Foster Care Scores, CT Court Appeal

Randi Weingarten on Clinton, Trump, and Winning Over 'Skeptical' Teachers blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

For the first time, California releases test scores for foster youth - and they're not good  latimes.com/local/educatio…

A City Looks To STEM School To Lift Economy, But Will Grads Stay? npr.org/2016/09/22/494…

Court refuses to mandate use of test scores in teacher evaluations latimes.com/local/educatio…

Conn. Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal to School Funding Case blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_e…

Denver students of color not making as much progress on state tests as white peers | Chalkbeat ow.ly/SPLZ304skMB

Chicago Teachers Union Begins Strike Authorization Vote abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

California student had hit list, plans for school shooting hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…
 
Changes Are Coming to New York City's Specialized High Schools Test wnyc.org/story/city-pla…
 
 

Afternoon Video: "Counselors, Not Cops," Says 100-Member Dignity In Schools Coalition

Watch above. Read EdWeek and HuffPost.

Quotes: On Being Black Or Brown At A Diverse School

Quotes2If you’re a white student, it is utopia. You get to be around kids of diverse backgrounds, listen to different music, have different experiences, and also get the finest of schools... If you’re a black student, you don’t feel as respected or welcome, you don’t feel like a full citizen.

- Evanston parent John Diamond in last week's Bloomberg story (Black Students Don’t Even Get an Equal Education in Diverse Schools)

AM News: EpiPens & Education, Clinton Vs. Trump, & Improving Head Start

Mylan CEO's mother used position with education group to boost EpiPen sales nationwide… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…

Clinton, Trump call for more federal funding in education, differ on use -UPI.com ow.ly/5Wch304q2Kd

L.A. Paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes — during their high school day - LAT ow.ly/Wk4i304q2NI

The Big Move To Improve Head Start npr.org/sections/ed/20…

NYC's Boys and Girls High School Tries to Turn a Corner Under New Leadership wnyc.org/story/boys-and…

Fairfax County school officials brace for a grueling superintendent search  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Want to be able to buy a house in California? Don't become a teacher. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

CTU strike vote begins Wednesday but no date set yet | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/N3U3304q4gQ

A School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student washingtonpost.com/news/education…

NYC's Universal Pre-K is More Racially Segregated Than Kindergarten villagevoice.com/news/nycs-univ…

School mimics Pokémon Go to help new students adjust | District Administration Magazine  ow.ly/Xzwp304q1cx

#EDgif Of The Day: A Hippie Boomer Substitute Teacher's Views On Education

A substitute teacher grimaces as students ignore him.

Sara Mosle's review of Nicholson Baker's new book is very good, but first you need to check out the #edGIF that accompanies it. (Going Undercover as a Substitute Teacher)

AM News: NYC Segregation, CA Teacher Lawsuit Dismissed, NJ Funding Battle

The Public School Funding Battle: No Holds Barred - NJ Spotlight ow.ly/jwZO100koKi

Racial Segregation in New York Schools Begins in Pre-K, Report Finds nytimes.com/2016/09/21/nyr…

Court rejects California teacher evaluation lawsuit scpr.org/news/2016/09/1…

Chicago Teachers Union helping charter teachers in contract fight - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/RgGD100koK3

LA Unified superintendent asks for plan to cut central office by 30 percent | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/Zkps304nAIi

NY Business groups warn Regents on Common Core | Crain's New York Business ow.ly/uztW304nAMv
 
Inside the South’s First LGBTQ School Where Students Are Safe, Free and Powerful | The 74 ow.ly/a7EA100koJM
 
Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog' wamu.org/news/16/09/19/…
 
School Sex Education Around the Globe is Out of Touch With Teens, Study Finds abcnews.go.com/Health/school-…
 
After Texas high school builds $60-million stadium, rival district plans one for nearly $70 million latimes.com/local/educatio…
 
An urban school serving needy kids posted big test gains. How did they do it? washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
 
 
 

Charts: Income & Educational Attainment Over 25 Years

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WSJ: "The past 25 years have seen a growing split between households with different levels of educational attainment. The median household led by someone with a master’s degree earns $7,655 more per year than in 1991. Those with some college, but no degree, earn $7,768 less and those with a high-school diploma but no further education earn $6,316 less." (U.S. Poverty and Income Inequality in 9 Charts - Real Time Economics)

 

Charts: OECD Report Shows US Lagging On Education Spending

Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 12.21.08 PMPBS NewsHour: Are U.S. children getting the best education for the dollar? 

Quotes: CT Union Head Applauds State's Appeal Of Court Decision

 

Quotes2The state attorney general made the right decision to appeal the part of the judge's ruling that imposed mandates on everything from determining how teachers are evaluated to denying education to severely disabled children to requiring new graduation standards... These education policy issues are clearly within the purview of the state legislature and executive branches of government ... and should not rest in the hands of a single person.

-- Sheila Cohen, president of the Connecticut Education Association, in the Hartford Courant (State To Appeal Controversial Education Overhaul Decision)

 

AM News: CT To Appeal Landmark School Funding Decision

Connecticut to Appeal Decision in Schools Funding Case - The New York Times ow.ly/n3Hl304h4Fe

State To Appeal Controversial Education Overhaul Decision - Hartford Courant http://ow.ly/HqV2304h9cZ

Connecticut to Appeal Landmark Education Ruling - AP abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c…

Connecticut AG challenges ruling that state's education is unequal and unconstitutional - CSMonitor.com http://ow.ly/JZkt304h8ZJ

Reformers appeal dismissal of PA school funding lawsuit | News | phillytrib.com http://ow.ly/OWCb304h93y

Even In A Diverse School In Leafy Evanston, IL, Black Students Don’t Get an Equal Education - Bloomberg ow.ly/Ssf7304h5hM
 
 Christie goes to court over NJschool funding, teacher tenure newsworks.org/index.php/educ…
 
How does U NH use bequest of librarian to his alma mater/employer? $100K for library; $1mil for football scoreboard bit.ly/2cLt7ny
 

Numbers: School Closings Are Neither Popular Nor Common

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A recent PDK International poll reported that American's don't like it when schools get closed. They much prefer troubled schools get new leadership and/or staff. Eighty-four percent of the public prefers fixing struggling schools while just 14 percent want to close them.
 
But school closings, while they can be traumatic for students and educators who have remained at a school, aren't as common as you may think -- and even when they happen they don't necessarily mean a building is being shuttered. As noted in this recent opinion piece, the "nuclear" option happens only 1-2 percent of the time, usually after an all-hands-on-deck effort to turn things around and/or dwindling enrollment. 
 
According to the NCES Fast Facts page, roughly 1,-2,000 of the nation's 99,000 schools have been closed over the years, fluctuating from a low of 1,2000 to a high of 2,200. And of course schools being closed doesn't necessarily mean that a school building is being shuttered. New schools are opened on the same site, or other schools within the same facility are enlarged.
 

People: Kaya Henderson's (Last?) Interview

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Less than a dozen days from now, DC's long-serving chancellor is riding off into the sunset. But not before she answers some questions from us. As you can see in Kaya Henderson: The Exit Interview.

In her years heading the DCPS, Henderson played a complicated role in the wake of her predecessor, Michelle Rhee, whose tactics and philosophy were controversial. She has restored some semblance of peace among classroom teachers, continued pursuing many of Rhee’s strategies, and developed her own initiatives.

She's also benefited from hands-off treatment from the AFT's Randi Weingarten, as pointed out recently in a Richard Whitmire column.

Henderson is a strong proponent of mayoral control (rather than independent school boards) but not a wild-eyed charter enthusiast. She’s not inclined to make racial integration a top priority over quality schools. And she’s proud of what she has helped to accomplish (some suburban parents are now faking their addresses to get their kids into DC public schools!), but she knows there is a long way to go.

Click the link above to hear Henderson's surprising thoughts on charter schools, racial integration, predecessor Michelle Rhee, dealing with critics, and the best and worst parts of the job. 

 

AM News: 10 High Schools Each Win $10M In Contest From Apple Founder's Widow

$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools nytimes.com/2016/09/15/nyr…

$10 million to ‘reinvent’ high school at Oakland charter sfgate.com/education/arti…

Brooklyn Lab Charter School Receives $10 Million - WSJ ow.ly/uzcd100k0PK

Memphis high school doesn't win $10 million XQ prize, but backers still want to 'rethink high school' - Chalkbeat TN news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

$100 million from Laurene Powell Jobs will remake schools for high tech age ow.ly/1IwW100k0Qy

Brooklyn Charter Wins Contest to Rethink American High Schools wnyc.org/story/brooklyn…

D.C. charter school wins $10 million prize to redesign high school washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

Louisiana high school on a barge wins $10 million prize nola.com/education/inde…

Three California schools awarded $10 million each to ‘reimagine high school’ edsource.org/2016/three-cal…

LA educators get $10 million to reinvent school for homeless kids scpr.org/news/2016/09/1…
 
A D.C. Charter Wins $10M to Invent Virtual Reality Programs that Will Change High School — All of Them | The 74 ow.ly/5beg304eJ9d

Texas Textbook Called Out As 'Racist' Against Mexican-Americans npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Education, Georgia school reform heat up as political issues - Atlanta Journal Constitution  news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Another Unrealistic Trump Policy Proposal: Homeschool Vouchers tracking.feedpress.it/link/9499/4411…

National Anthem Protests Trickling Down to High School Level abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireSto…

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