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AM News: Detroit Leads Major Districts In Chronic Absences, Malia Graduates

Detroit leads major districts in absences - AP pllqt.it/HoRdtb

NYC Schools Punished Teenagers for Being Victims of Sexual Assault, Complaints Say - NYT ow.ly/YwJp3016gjJ

Michigan legislature approves $617 million bailout package for Detroit schools - The Washington Postow.ly/xqN23017NYU

When the Doors to A Dual Language School Don't Feel Open to Everyone - WNYC ow.ly/QqmQ3017Qkd

Common, Yo-Yo Ma, Arne Duncan promote 'reimagining high school' | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/O2En3017QIh

Not doing it: Fewer high school kids are having sex -StarTribune.com ow.ly/P8a13016sou

Emergency meeting set as incoming Pittsburgh schools superintendent's future uncertain | TribLIVE ow.ly/rXI53017L33

Charter Schools Join Call For Education Funding As Dance Party Breaks Out via @DNAinfoCHI dnain.fo/25OiiIW

Malia Obama to graduate from high school Friday |NOLA.com ow.ly/SkY13017ODX

Malia Obama graduates from high school this week | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/6mqm3017QKh

Former EdSec Arne Duncan Joins Board Of Pluralsight | Fast Company | Business + Innovation pllqt.it/QiMQgN

#EDgif Of The Day: Metal Detectors & Hapless Teachers (On TV)

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"I guess the worst part is watching the teachers wonder every day how their lives went so wrong." #CasualOnHulu #edgifs

Maps: Last Decade Shows 44 Percent Growth In Gap Between Rich & Poor Schools

"Change in the funding gap between 2001-02 and 2011-12. Red and orange states are where the gap widened to the benefit of students in rich districts."

Courtesy Jill Barshay at The Hechinger Report. Read the whole story and see all the charts here.

 

Quotes: It Takes More Than Demographics To Integrate A School

 

Quotes2When you have people coming from all different neighborhoods to come to school together, they have no reason or way to get to know each other unless you sort of rip the top off the school and say the school is going to be the community.

- Community Roots Charter School Co-Founder Allison Keil in WNYC (How One Brooklyn Charter School Integrates With Intention)

Morning Video: When Middle-Class Parents Send Their Kids To Segregated Schools

This WNYC video short shows NYT writer Nikole Hannah-Jones and her husband taking their daughter to a segregated school in Brooklyn. Read the accompanying article by WNYC's Rebecca Carroll here, or the NYT piece about the decision and the controversy over rezoning the segregated school to give wealthier white kids access to the building.

AM News: Washington State Disputes Federal Absenteeism Data (Plus Detroit, Kansas, NYC)

WA has 2nd highest rate of student absenteeism in U.S., Feds say | The Seattle Times ow.ly/4Pun3015b3h 

Education reform-backed candidates sweep California primary elections - LA School Report ow.ly/1Rrj3015aTg

Latest: Snyder Says $617M Detroit Schools Bailout a 'Fresh Start' - ABC News ow.ly/WBb73015ak0

Kansas Governor Backs $38M Schools Fix for Special Session - ABC News ow.ly/N4453015anA

Annual summer meals program closes hunger gap for students | Education Dive ow.ly/eFpb3015bv6

Maryland Testing Commission not expected to make major cuts to hours of testing - Baltimore Sun ow.ly/wHCC3015boi

Calif. Charter Network Can't Block Union Organizers, Emails, Judge Rules - Teacher Beat - Education Week ow.ly/1ZgJ3015bfu

See also: Mixed ruling on claims Alliance charter school leaders obstructed teachers union organizing | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/Aqm43015aYU

Vermont Consolidation Effort Profiled by PBS NewsHour Fails - State EdWatch - ow.ly/ZJOq3015ae1

Digital Age Tests Security of SAT Exams - The Takeaway - WNYC ow.ly/eEWz3015aA6

New York City to Help Blacks and Hispanics Attend Elite High Schools - The New York Times ow.ly/xevw3015a2L

See also: City to Recruit More Blacks, Latinos for Specialized High Schools - WNYC ow.ly/v7dD3015auE

 

Charts: Working Hours, Purchasing Power, & PISA Scores

This recent chart from the Economist magazine uses OECD and IMF numbers to try and track the relationship between hours of work, purchasing power, and student achievement. American teachers are shown to work 45 hours a week and make $60,000. Its PISA scores are in the middle. Are these figures correct?

#EDgif Of The Day: Projected School-Level Changes Under "Controlled Choice" In NYC

Here's a GIF showing how each school in NYC's District 1 would be affected by a controlled choice school integration initiative, based on a model presented by WNYC in its school integration series.

As you can see in the top row, schools that currently have almost 100 percent poor kids would see an influx of nonpoor kids. The bottom row shows how schools with relatively high percentages of nonpoor kids would gain poor classmates under a model plan.

The plan would phase in over time, and only new students (kindergartners, mostly) would be affected. But obviously these would be big changes for schools and families. Some families won't have choices. But we all know what happens when more affluent families don't get what they want. 

Later Today: Black Lives Matter & #EducationDisparities

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There's been a lot of frankly ridiculous and misguided discussion about Black Lives Matter and education -- most of it done without anyone from BLM participating. I've been disheartened but generally tried to stay away other than to point out (a) that in many ways BLM leapfrogged the stalemated education debate a while ago, (b) reformers and reform critics are both trying madly to ally themselves with the movement, and (c) BLM activists don't seem particularly interested in school integration as a top education priority (compared to others).

This afternoon that all changes this afternoon at 2 Eastern with a Brookings Institution event about race and education in the US that will feature several interesting panelists including BLM activist Deray McKesson and NCLR's Peggy McLeod. Sign up to watch it, or go to hashtag #EducationDisparities.

Related posts: Democrats Fighting Over [& With] #BlackLivesMatter#BlackLivesMatter, Deray McKesson, & Education Reform.

 

Update: Diverse Charter School Mixes Families Outside Of School

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Some folks worry that charter schools can mirror or even exacerbate school segregation that is so troubling and systemic in American education. However, in at least some cases charter schools do the opposite: mixing kids together in ways that are much more representative of the community than the existing district schools. 

Longtime readers may recall a 2013 feature story I wrote about diverse charter schools around the nation, including Brooklyn's Community Roots. Several others have written about the school and others like it since then. At the time, the school was struggling with an influx of white, affluent families and with how to get families to mix outside of school hours. 

As part of a series called Integration 2.0, WNYC returns to Community Roots in this segment (How One Brooklyn Charter School Integrates With Intention), focusing on efforts to get mixed-SES groups of kids and parents to play together before dropoff and after pickup (and during the summers): 

"Co-founder and principal Alison Keil said getting a diverse mix of kids in the door wasn't enough. 'When you have people coming from all different neighborhoods to come to school together, they have no reason or way to get to know each other unless you sort of rip the top off the school and say the school is going to be the community,' she said. This is why Community Roots stays open late for regular get-togethers like family sports or arts nights, cooking classes for parents, teacher-arranged "play dates" for kids who don't know each other well." 

Image courtesy WNYC. 

Morning Video: How Louisville HS Is Addressing Transgender Students

 

"Special correspondent Yasmeen Qureshi of Education Week has the story. It’s part of our weekly education series, Making the Grade."

AM News: Chronic Absences, Steady PARCC, Funding Fights Galore

State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

New data shows 6.5 million U.S. students chronically absent cabinetreport.com/human-resource…

After Turbulent Waters, PARCC Steadies Itself – InsideSources ow.ly/CpbS3012I3L

Kansas, Illinois, & Other Funding Fights Vex School Districts - WSJ ow.ly/MXo03012J4N

Where Calculus Class Isn't an Option realcleareducation.com/2016/06/07/whe…

Claypool Blames Springfield For Principal Exodus - WBEZ wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

Bay Area school funding measures looking like big election winner sfgate.com/education/arti…

How One Brooklyn Charter School Integrates With Intention wnyc.org/story/how-one-…

Mixed ruling on claims Alliance charter school leaders obstructed teachers union organizing scpr.org/news/2016/06/0…

Charts: Click To Watch School Demographics Change

School Life: AL Teacher Disciplined For Handing Out "Most Racist Math Test" Ever

#EDgif Of The Day: Meet The Fresno Student Who Won't Take Off His Trump Hat

Read more about the story here.

Morning Listen: Hillary Clinton's 1969 Student Speech at Wellesley

She was the first student to speak at a Wellesley, according to this Atlantic story: New Audio of Hillary Clinton's 1969 Student Speech at Wellesley. The speech was covered on the front page of the Boston Globe. 

AM News: California Primary Fights, Civil Rights Report, Common Core Wrapup

Police shootings, affordable housing and billions in school bonds on local ballots this week - LA Times ow.ly/aYYz3010eVO

Rift in Democratic Party over education policy spotlighted in record outside spending - KPCC ow.ly/hDFa300Z8wZ

Record Spending Ahead of CA Primary, as Education Policy Divides State's Democrats | The 74 pllqt.it/MpBscc

Black students nearly 4x as likely to be suspended - USA Today ow.ly/T9KB3010gQf

The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio ow.ly/ewNL3010frb

Five eye-opening figures from the U.S. Education Department’s latest civil rights data dump - The Washington Post ow.ly/ljhc3010eYa

Report: Fewer School Suspensions, Lots of Absences - ABC News ow.ly/Mo4p3010fbD

Remember when teacher evaluations were the subject of controversy in LA Unified? Not anymore | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/i3LU3010f6G

Black preschoolers still get suspended much more frequently than white ones - LA Times pllqt.it/kLEJqB

White Students Get Experienced Teachers, While Black Students Get Police In School - Huffington Post ow.ly/x64l3010dXP

The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers : NPR Ed : NPR pllqt.it/QElPJx

What New Yorkers Recall About School Integration Efforts of Earlier Era - WNYC ow.ly/xsi13010fmJ

Bailing On Common Core Tests Is Costing States Millions | The Daily Caller ow.ly/7MnC3010gOG

Nevada Completes Common Core Computer Testing after Meltdown Last Year -- THE Journal ow.ly/RoYg3010gJT

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests - The Hechinger Report ow.ly/6kKa3010eSz

This is the most racist math test you'll ever see - Vox bit.ly/1UmawdU

Angered by Stanford assault, SF school leader reveals own rape - SFGate ow.ly/PwD03010fPE

Teachers: Forced Haircuts In Mexico [Is This For Real?]

AJ+ and El Pais in English are reporting that some teachers who declined to participate in a strike were forced by members of the teachers union to walk barefoot, wear signs, and have their heads shaved (or, more accurately, cut). But apparently the union is now denying it was them, or at least that it was not authorized. 

School Life: Banksy's School Mural Project

Schoolkids suggest naming a building after Banksy, and the mysterious artist reacted with a bit of controversial artwork. See more including video of kids' reactions here.

Site News: Best Education Journalism Of The Week

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A close-up from the cover of last week's New Yorker.

In case you missed it, here's my roundup of last week's best education journalism. It comes out every Friday over at THE GRADE, where I write about education coverage. You can also get it via email by sending me an email at alexanderusso@gmail with "subscribe" in the headline. 

BEST OF THE WEEK

USNews: US News: $2.6 Billion In Federal Poverty Funding Going To Wealthier Districts bit.ly/282Q3Vn

LA Times: Record spending by oil companies, education advocates, business groups & labor unions ow.ly/FGQh300ISyS

NYT: Kansas Parents Worry Schools Are Slipping Amid Budget Battles ow.ly/J0MD300Nzaw

NPR: One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame' pllqt.it/NkB6Fx

EdWeek: U.S. Graduation Rate Breaks Another Record ow.ly/HLGP300SQQP

NPR: Practice Makes Possible: What We Learn By Studying Amazing Kids ow.ly/kC8O300QchD

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Low scores on Ohio's high school math tests spark debate over graduation requirements https://ow.ly/9CNu300U4bo

Washington Post: Report on racial disparities in gifted and magnet programs gets strong reaction ow.ly/sM5l300Qc0c

 

KICKER

Twitter Moments: Teachers Letting Kids Out Of Finals For Retweets/Likes bit.ly/1XkS4JA

Morning Video: Muhammed Ali In The Classroom


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Quotes: AFT's Weingarten Defends Clinton's Charter Schools Position

Quotes2You can be pro-charter and still be critical of things that charters ought not to be doing... [Clinton] squarely came down in favor of what the vision of charters were when this started, not flooding the zone with new schools that then destroyed public education. 

AFT head Randi Weingarten in the NYT (Union President, Randi Weingarten, Defends Hillary Clinton on Charter Schools)

AM News: Clinton's Early Education Plan Rolls Out (Minus Cost Information)

With costs unclear, Clinton lays out ambitious plans for early education | EdSource ow.ly/Rygi300XpXd

Union President, Randi Weingarten, Defends Hillary Clinton on Charter Schools - The New York Times ow.ly/pSf3300Xq33

State says L.A. Unified spends improperly, must redirect hundreds of millions of dollars - LA Times ow.ly/lcfD300XoVj

Without New State Aid, Chicago Won't Open This Fall, CEO Says - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/kAjA300XpLy

Lots of black students, few special ed students at Washington's first charter schools | KUOW News and Information ow.ly/e1rF300XpV3

How Downtown Manhattan Wants to Create More Integrated Schools - WNYCow.ly/yVzf300XpSO

#EDgif Of The Day: Cold Game At The National Spelling Bee

We like to think of the spelling bee as a lovely example of students memorizing crazy words and smiling, but as this Vine from last week "Cold Game At The Spelling Bee" shows, sometimes the real world's not such a fairy tale. #edgifs

Livestream: #EquityMatters Gathers Academics & Education Journalists

Watch above, check out the details here. #equitymatters

 

AM News: Grad Rate Record, Chicago Brinksmanship, Student-Teacher Relationship Rankings

U.S. Graduation Rate Breaks Another Record - Education Week ow.ly/HLGP300SQQP

TX leads nation in teacher-student sexual assaults/relationships | khou.compllqt.it/EZGI3V

Chicago Teachers Union blames state school spending impasse on lack of leadership - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/Wc9W300SQ0A

CTU prez suggests teachers could forgo some raises in contract | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/i8eZ100aCFS

US SENATE HOPEFUL FORCED TO EXPLAIN 1ST-TO-COLLEGE CLAIM: Associated Press ow.ly/6zP9300SQMU

Mississippi Bans Public Contributions to Superintendents' Association - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/l3g8300SPU5

17 people, including officer, exposed to pepper spray during brawl at L.A. high school - LA Times ow.ly/16rL300SPsu

Question on Utah biology test about aborting fetus prompts policy change | fox13now.comow.ly/67WI300SRBe

Principal Hired to Revive Struggling Boys and Girls High School May Leave - The New York Times ow.ly/P3ju300SPAl

When you’re 21 and this is your second campus shooting
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Events: Equity Matters Symposium In NYC Friday

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There's a big Equity Matters Symposium being held tomorrow at the Ford Foundation offices in NYC, and while invitations are limited to journalists you can apparently watch via livestream here

Some of the speakers include Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sean Reardon, and Richard Rothstein. 

Some of the Equity Project journalists who will talk about their projects include Alejandra Lagos, Zaidee Stavely, Kristina Rizga, and Patrick Wall. Cara Fitzpatrick, will also be there. Spencer Fellowship head LynNell Hancock, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Keith Woods are also scheduled to attend.

You can find the full list of Speakers and the Schedule of events by clicking the links.

What's it all about? According to the promo materials, the Equity Matters event "will bring together the nation’s top experts and education journalists in examining the root causes and impact of our nation’s ever-widening “opportunity gap.”

Funded by the Ford Foundation (with whom I've discussed supporting THE GRADE), the Equity Project is part of a broader SF-based initiative called Renaissance Journalism, which sponsors "national initiatives that support journalists and their news organizations to produce ambitious, in-depth and compelling stories that reveal and illuminate social injustice and inequity."
 
In addition to Rizga and Wall, some of the Fellows who've had work sponsored by the Equity Project over the past two years include Charla Bear (KQED), Marquita Brown (News & Record in Greensboro, North Carolina), Kavitha Cardoza (WAMU), Dan Carsen (WBHM), Matt Collette (WNYC, formerly of The Teacher Project), Elisa Crouch (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Emily DeRuy (The Atlantic), Beth Hawkins (Education Post, formerly MinnPost), Laura Isensee (Houston Public Media), Alejandra Lagos (Univision), Celia Llopis-Jepsen (Topeka Capital-Journal), Rob Manning (Oregon Public Broadcasting), and Claudio Sanchez (NPR).

Some examples of work funded in part by the Renaissance Journalism project include the Detroit Journalism Collaborative's seven-part series on race and poverty. Click here for the full list.

This isn't the first such gathering. There was an event in San Francisco not too long ago featuring Rizga, Pirette McKamey and Robert Roth.

These aren't the only fellowships for education journalists. Others include the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship (which I received in 2009), new EWA Fellowships, the Teacher Project fellowships (whose work appears in Slate).

Quotes: Re-balancing The Foundation-Education Relationship

Quotes2Philanthropists are not generally education experts, and even if they hire scholars and experts, public officials shouldn’t be allowing them to set the policy agenda for the nation’s public schools. The Gates experience teaches once again that educational silver bullets are in short supply and that some educational trends live only a little longer than mayflies.

- LA Times editorial page (Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America's public school agenda)

School Life: Teachers Letting Kids Out Of Finals For Retweets/Likes

Morning Video: Houston-Area Teacher Sex Scandal

Yikes. Super gross. via MediaLite. You might be better off watching something else. Anything else. 

 

AM News: School Finance Rulings, UCLA Shooting, Racial Disparities

Since 1950, judges in 23 states have ruled school finance formulas unconstitutional @Daarel edweek.org/ew/articles/20…

Anxious parents watch and worry over UCLA shooting - LA Times pllqt.it/MBYfEk

Report on racial disparities in gifted and magnet programs gets strong reaction - The Washington Post ow.ly/sM5l300Qc0c

Kansas Faces New Budget Woes Amid School Funding Fight - ABC News ow.ly/SawE300Qcoa

Portland Parents Grill Superintendent Smith Over Lead Lapses At Portland Schools | KUOW News and Information ow.ly/AKC0300QcwM

NYC invites more schools to try diversity initiatives: wny.cc/Mme3300O8Ow via @SchoolBook

Chicago School Funding Fight Focuses On Class Sizes | WBEZ ow.ly/msQ6300QcPS

Some FL Schools Want to Flunk Kids Who Opt Out of Standardized Tests | TakePart ow.ly/AfH5300Qdqa

State officials find LA Unified shortchanged students | EdSource ow.ly/7HZL300QcAI

The Education Practice That Is Costing Taxpayers Billions Of Dollars ow.ly/g64T300Qdww "School suspensions = $$$$$."

#EDgif Of The Day: "Hey, they're trying to learn for free. Stop them!"

This clip from a Simpsons episode features a field trip gone awry, all due to budget cuts.

Quotes: Even "Modernizing" The Teach Profession Is Contentious Now?

Quotes2We’ve been talking a lot about the idea of modernizing the teaching profession and that has been a real point of contention with some folks because they say, “We don’t need to change it. We just need to be nicer to teachers. We need to reward teachers more and pay them more.” That reflexive defense of the status quo is just as unhelpful as people who say, “Let’s throw the whole system out and start over.”

-- Lanae Erickson Hatalsky in Education Post (Staying Chill, the Teacher Wars...)

Magazines: The New Yorker's Bittersweet Graduation Cover

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Here's this year's New Yorker graduation cover, showing a member of the class of 2016 at commencement and one of his predecessors in the same image. Or see the 1952 version.

Morning Video: Vermont's School Consolidation Pains

Consolidation isn't easy.

US News: $2.6 Billion In Federal Poverty Funding Going To Wealthier Districts (US News)

At least $2.6B in fed funding goes to districts that are wealthier on average - US News  ow.ly/YPDs300NxkD

New Orleans school unification committee to meet for first time s.nola.com/IyNv4BY

Kansas Parents Worry Schools Are Slipping Amid Budget Battles - The New York Times  ow.ly/J0MD300Nzaw

Take A Ride With A Kentucky School Bus Driver NPR n.pr/1qgU8Dv

High Lead Levels Discovered In Chicago School's Drinking Fountains n.pr/25xX5PW

Teach for America retools efforts to recruit graduates from top colleges wpo.st/bwHd1

Why a High School in Connecticut's Richest County Has Been Failing for 50 Years - The Atlantic ow.ly/nyG7300LF0X

#EDgif Of The Day: Harvard Commencement Goes Viral

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Ed.M. candidate Donovan Livingston with spoken word poetry at the 2016 Harvard commencement ceremonies

Quotes: Why Teachers Support Clinton

Quotes2She actually when she is talking about how to move this country forward given education a program. She's involving teachers in the discussion. She's not looking at it from a privatized position. She's actually collaborating with the people who actually work in the classroom. And to me that show a commitment she wants to do a really positive pro education policy. And she wants to be invested in public schools because she realizes public schools are in areas of poverty and (education) is one of the smartest ways to get children out of poverty.

-- Former Perth Amboy teachers union president Donna Chiera (Former President Clinton stumps for Hillary in Edison)

Morning Video: Ten Million Views (And Counting)

Inspiring, challenging speech from Harvard ed school speaker. Here's the transcript. Here's the fan page.

AM News: Big Spending In Local California Education Races

Spending by oil companies, education advocates, business groups and labor unions reaches record levels - LA Times ow.ly/FGQh300ISyS

‘Don’t force us to give up our school’: A Mississippi town is being told to integrate - The Washington Post ow.ly/9YVx300GhGu

20th Street Elementary parents protest potential change in school management - LA Times ow.ly/Wz47300KGok

Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst: AP Article ow.ly/u2iW300KFX4

One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame' : NPR Ed pllqt.it/NkB6Fx

What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/KIyQ300KFF4

Harvard Graduate Student's Speech Resonates With Educators : NPR ow.ly/KEte300KFDo

School superintendent candidate proposes $14k raise for Washington teachers ow.ly/69C4300JOrp

 

#EDgif Of The Day: The Nonprofit College That Banned Fs, Spent Little On Classes,

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This jittery GIF accompanies BuzzFeed's expose expose of a nonprofit college serving overseas students whose misdeeds were ignored or overlooked by a regional accrediting agency. Check it out if you want to be horrified. 

Quotes: Ravitch's De Facto Clinton Endorsement

Quotes2This internecine warfare is not admirable. It should stop. It helps Trump. One candidate will emerge from the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. It will be the candidate who gets the requisite number of delegates. It will be either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. When the convention chooses the candidate, I will support that candidate.

- Diane Ravitch (My Choice for President)

Morning Video: Watch Duckworth Talk Grit At EWA Conference

How interesting, given the current controversy over the research, to listen and watch as Angela Duckworth and Kate Zernike talk about grit at #EWA16.

Curious about the media role in puffing and then pulling down Duckworth's work, check out my recent column: Journalism’s Role In The Current “Grit” Hype/ Criticism Cycle.

AM News: New ESSA Regs, Clinton/Sanders Advisers Debate, Ravitch Endorsement

What do parents need to know to find a good school? New federal rules help California find an answer - LA Times ow.ly/wbWG300E3Yg

Education Department proposes rules for judging schools - The Washington Post ow.ly/6Seb300E2Zw

AP: Rules proposed for school accountability | U.S. News | US News ow.ly/FD5c300Cngd

Education Department Releases ESSA Accountability Rules - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/63Oi300E37k

Advisers to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Debate Education Policy - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/dtt2300Dprj

See also: Clinton, Sanders Higher Education Policies Similar - Diverse ow.ly/awgQ300Dpkj

Calling for end to "internecine warfare" among Dems, Ravitch announces she will support the Democratic nominee ow.ly/uZMR300CogP

Inside The College That Abolished The F And Raked In The Cash buzzfeed.com

How 3 top New Orleans public schools keep students out | NOLA.com pllqt.it/FaZEta

In #CharterSchool Era, Montessori Model Flourishes - EdWeek bit.ly/1TYOg9U

In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core - The Hechinger Report  ow.ly/YxOU300E3Ba

Facing potential economic downturn, LA Unified considers financial future | EdSource ow.ly/oPM7300E3m7

Events: Big Fancy NYT Education Conference Coming Next Month

Logo-mr-monopoly-1Spring conference season might be over, but Summer Season is just starting. Among the June events is the NYT higher education conference on June 20, which promises to include 100+ college president types, Times senior editors, and an "interactive program [that] features U.S. Secretary of Education John King, topic specialists Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Amy Cuddy and Nicholas Christakis, and other leading experts." (I'm thinking hologram, right?).  

The Higher Ed Leaders Forum will also include a special “Education Innovation” section in The New York Times. Topics include diversity and free-speech dilemmas, the STEM-humanities debate, sexual assault, the digital future, the crisis in public funding of education and much more.

The “Higher Ed Leaders Forum” is supported by presenting sponsor The Walton Family Foundation, associate sponsors NYU School of Professional Studies and Oppenheimer Funds Inc., supporting sponsor Carnegie Corporation of New York and media sponsor Education Dive

To apply for an invitation and learn more about The New York Times “Higher Ed Leaders Forum,” please visit NYTHigherEdLeadersForum.com.

 

Afternoon Video: Fear Of ICE Raids Roil Immigrant Communities

"Rumors of new ICE raids send fear into immigrant communities across the country” . Fusion Via Larry Ferlazzo: "I wrote several posts in January when ICE began raids in immigrant communities. There have been recent reports that the Obama Administration is preparing to repeat them."

Quotes: Let's Focus On Schools (Forests), Not Teachers (Trees), Says Kingsland

Quotes2It takes an exceptional teacher to marginally increase a student’s test score, and these gains fade out quickly. It takes an average urban charter school to increase a student’s test score, and these gains increase over time.  Lastly, test scores aren’t everything, so we should be cautious in how we use them and we should give strong deference to parental choice.

-- Arnold Foundation's Neerav Kingsland [Missing the Schools for the Teachers (the Folly of the Teacher Wars)]

Morning Video: Education (Or The Lack Thereof) In Campaign 2016

Left, Right, Kids in the Middle: Education in 2016 from NewSchools Venture Fund on Vimeo.

The most interesting moment might be the 55:00 minute mark, where Lisa Snell and Roland Martin discuss a failed NOLA mobilization effort. The Seventy Four contributor Cynthia Tucker Haynes is the moderator. Watch all NSVF Summit videos here. Which one should I watch/show next?

 

AM News: CA Charter Advocates Spending Big, 11 States Sue Over Transgender Bathrooms

Charter school groups spending big in California legislative races | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/yr2Y300BFXT

States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Policy - The New York Times ow.ly/jfsH300BFTh

Struggling schools hope arts focus can provide a boost ow.ly/rAa1300AQD2

Now celebrating 20 years, Stand for Children is in 11 states and employes 140 staffers ow.ly/ieie300A7Mv

Audit to examine whether Alliance charter schools spent public funds on 'anti-union campaign' | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/TvpN300BG3l

CPS sending buses of protesters to Springfield to lobby on school funding - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/M97C300BGUa

Firm to pay $11.5 million to settle SF school-bus lawsuit - SFGate ow.ly/TOjG300BGnY

Nation’s most prestigious school science competition has new sponsor: Regeneron - The Washington Post ow.ly/RToK300BFQp

171 survive in National Spelling Bee, but only 45 advance ow.ly/8Lie300AQDU

Charts: Comparing Denver, NOLA, & DC On 2015 PARCC ELA

More data 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.