"Over the past few decades, school districts in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington and elsewhere have found higher than acceptable lead levels in their students’ drinking water due to old plumbing systems." via PBS NewsHour.
AP: DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K ow.ly/4mTAJs
[See also Washington Post https://ow.ly/4mTBRT]
Common Core ads becomes issue in race for Skelos seat | Newsday ow.ly/4mTzYo
Massive loss of preschool seats looms for LA County | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/4mTAHJ
A Union Firebrand Speaks Out On Politics, Testing And More : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4mTA9I
This Colo. school district plans to arm its officers with semiautomatic rifles - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mTAht
Oh, and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won New York's Tuesday primary.
I'm not there, but you may be -- the annual ASU-GSV confab is happening this week.
Watch the video above and read this story from The Seventy Four about the looming fight over Title I funding under ESSA.
Houston, Flooded: Twitter Captures Chaos as Some Schools Close, and Other Students Brave the Deluge | The 74 ow.ly/4mQSSy
Chicago Teachers Union says no firm plans on strike as talks continue - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4mPPM4
Who should pay for teachers' retirement – charter school or district? LA Times https://lat.ms/1SqznlW
Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mQRC0
Costs for building LA Unified's data system may top $200 million, but is an end in sight? | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/4mQRDC
Hillary Clinton's ties to for-profit education companies like Laureate ow.ly/4mQSqL
Teachers union rips educator pay study | Boston Herald ow.ly/4mQSQW
Tests show elevated lead in 6 suburban Detroit schools - AP Article ow.ly/4mQRGv
I'm traveling again today so it's a highly unusual Twitter Monday. Watch what I'm seeing out there and some of what I'm thinking below, or on Twitter, or via Facebook. Have a great day:
Yesterday was the 6th and final Science day at the Obama White House. This is from the first. The demonstration already seems a little quaint, but the President's reaction is pretty timeless.
More than 1 million kids lack a home of their own -- many doubled up with other families. Via Ben Spielberg & the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
We've decided that when teachers really want a voice, to just organize under whatever law is operational... But then as soon as we start organizing, these same charter operators who in one breath say it's a public school, in the other breath say when it comes to school teachers, it's private, not public.
AFT head Randi Weingarten in Bloomberg BNA (Charter School Teachers Organizing Under Federal Labor Law)
WNYC's Beth Fertig was at the performance (as was NYC schools head Carmen Farina) and Fertig's piece about the student performances on Broadway is running on NPR this morning: "Broadway's 'Hamilton' Makes Its Way Into NYC's High School Curriculum" ow.ly/10EAor
Education Secretary John King: It's Time To Stop Ignoring The Arts And Sciences ow.ly/10EBxt
Teacher Tenure Is Challenged Again in a Minnesota Lawsuit - The New York Times ow.ly/10EAmN
In San Juan, San Jose and Poway, districts & unions innovate to evaluate teachers | EdSource ow.ly/10EBFr
New York considering using scores on AP exams and SAT subject tests in evaluations | Chalkbeat ow.ly/10EByM
These 3 California school districts allow staff to pack guns to work - LA Times ow.ly/10EBB9
The Trump Effect': Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools ow.ly/10EBDC
Broadway's 'Hamilton' Makes Its Way Into NYC's High School Curriculum : NPR ow.ly/10EAor
Balloon ‘spacecraft,’ prosthetic limbs and subway vacuums thrill White House science fair wpo.st/ZCKU1
One of BuzzFeed's latest videos, purportedly about questions black people want to ask other black people, has generated reactions ranging from 😬 to 😡.
One of the questions is a version of the age-old "acting white" issue, which Vox debunked not too long ago: The most insidious myth about black kids and achievement.
Seriously, some people are really offended by the attempted humor. For example: 27 Answers To Buzzfeed’s Dumb Video. This is probably where I should provide a trigger warning.
Related posts: Why Do Journalists Love Shaky Science on Race? Eduwonkette; How Barack Obama's Election Can Change the Myth of 'Acting White' NY Mag.
In case you haven't seen it, there's a "Non-Conference" on Privatization in Education at NYU going on this week.
According to the website, discussants will include education historian and NYU Steinhardt research professor Diane Ravitch; and union leaders Lily Eskelsen García of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers.
The hashtag is #PoPNonCon16. The livestream is here.
Apparently, there's a Bernie Sanders rally going on across the street.
In case you didn't know, former Newark board member and mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries now heads DFER. He was the afternoon keynote at the Yale SOM education conference last week, and spoke to The Seventy Four.
Or, watch Steve Harvey interview a 5 year old math genius.
Paradise Valley AZ - The Rare District That Recognizes Gifted Latino Students : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/10C6Tz
Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times ow.ly/10uDsB
The $3B plan to get every California kid into preschool - LA Times ow.ly/10C7vw
Success Academy Charter School Network Receives $25 Million Gift - The New York Times ow.ly/10C78e
BC janitor to see fifth child graduate from the college - The Boston Globe ow.ly/10C6EE
"Nearly 100 school districts and charter school networks are now consciously integrating their student bodies by socioeconomic status." via The Seventy Four.
First DCPS Teacher To Win Arbitration Over Evaluation System Discusses His Case | WAMU 88.5 https://ow.ly/10zfxu
Gifted, But Still Learning English, Many Bright Students Get Overlooked : NPR Ed : NPRow.ly/10zfbq
LA Unified's internal investigator becomes flashpoint in charter school debate | 89.3 KPCCow.ly/10zeWP
Lusher teachers plan to form union, representative says – Uptown Messenger https://ow.ly/10zgnk
How a Denver elementary school is using pop music and viral videos to teach social skills | Chalkbeat https://ow.ly/10wISj
Immigrant students being blocked from enrolling in school - Associated Press https://pllqt.it/h3DGTD
Ald. Brookins to head Ed committee, seeks to cancel Obama Prep HS | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/10zfvX
L.A., Detroit Try to Simplify Application Process for School Choice Options - K-12 Parents and the Public - Education Week https://ow.ly/10zgjb
Puerto Rico Church Strips Teachers of Pension Amid Crisis - ABC News https://ow.ly/10zgqd
There are at least three big outsider campaigns going on right now, though most folks are only paying attention to Sanders and Trump. The third is BlackLivesMatter's Deray McKesson running for mayor of Baltimore, which like the others has implications (for BlackLivesMatter, most of all) regardless of whether he wins (seems unlikely) or loses.
I want every teacher, principal, parent and student to know you will have a partner in the White House... Recruiting and retaining effective teachers starts with something very basic, raising teacher pay... Let’s keep working to find a fair balanced approached to testing so our kids learn what they need to compete...
-- Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York on Friday via Newsday (Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester) Last week, her husband raised some eyebrows with his suggestion that Clinton didn't support annual testing (see also NYT). See full speech transcript here.
This PBS NewsHour segment describes some of the different ways "The Wire" is [still] being used in classrooms and courses around the country. Apparently there was just a conference about it at Columbia.
Or, watch the Leadership Conference roll out the poll results you've already seen in the LA Times and Huffington Post live from the National Press Club here.
Or, watch how some Denver schools are using viral videos as teaching tools.
Hillary Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester | Newsday https://ow.ly/10wCjR
Clinton Stumps for Friendly Union Faces in Pennsylvania - Courthouse News https://pllqt.it/Yts30d
Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times https://ow.ly/10uDsB
Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids - LA Times https://pllqt.it/d1Kig2
Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children https://ow.ly/10v4op
Criminal hackers now target hospitals, police stations and schools - LA Times https://ow.ly/10wChm
How One School Under Pressure Resists 'Test Prep' - WNYC https://ow.ly/10wBUm
Why Teachers on TV Have to Be Incompetent or Inspiring - The New York Times https://pllqt.it/EOLvCH
It's Twitter Friday -- watch what I'm seeing and thinking below, or on Twitter, or via Facebook. Have a great day:
Mathematic has a chart for each state showing careers that don't require a ton of education and have predicted job growth. Unfortunately -- unsurprisingly -- many of them like aides and preschool teachers -- don't provide much by way of salary, either.
Along with many others, I'm going to be at the Yale SOM Education Conference (which actually starts tonight and goes through tomorrow).
The Friday morning keynotes are going to be Thrive Chicago's Sandra Abrevaya and Northside Achievement Zone's Sondra Samuels.
The closing keynote is DFER head Shavar Jeffries.
The panel on Common Core testing (which I'm moderating) features Chicago NBCT Sherisse A. Lucas, Dr. Ilene Tracey Director of Instruction and School Improvement, New Haven Public Schools, Ken Wagner Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner, Dianna Wentzell Commissioner, CT State Department of Education
You can find the full event schedule here.
There are also going to be screenings of the film, Most Likely To Succeed (see trailer above), which focuses among other things on the projects and presentations that are part of the model developed at High Tech High.
For those of you who'll be following along online, the official hashtag is #DefiningSuccess2016 and you can find more on Instagram at @yalesomelc2016.
There should be a name for this feat, I guess -- an "All Ivy?"
Politicians, union leaders, and teachers blast school turnaround plans Philly Inquirer: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Katie McGinty, candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, joined local union and political leaders Wednesday in opposing a turnaround plan for an elementary school in North Philadelphia.
Clinton courts union support in Philadelphia Newsworks: Seeming energized after losing to rival Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin's primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a friendly crowd of organized labor in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.
Hillary Clinton's union problem Politico: Teachers have yet to unite behind Clinton, the latest sign that she is struggling to lock down an important chunk of the Democratic base.
Parents Will Sue America's Largest School District Over Classroom Violence BuzzFeed: The suit will be filed late Wednesday night in the Eastern District Court of New York, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. It is the first time a class-action lawsuit has been filed over school violence in New York.
Why school can be a rocky ride for some young Syrians in the US WNYC: The warm welcome many Syrian families receive in the US does not always apply to schools.
Grading Schools On Student Resilience And Self-Control WAMU: This spring a handful of school districts in California will begin testing students on resilience and self-control, among other so-called social emotional skills. Debate over new federal standards on school quality and testing for non-academic skills.
The cost of better school security: $10 million in cameras for Miami-Dade Miami Herald: The Miami-Dade County school district is planning on spending $10 million on additional security cameras. The district already has 12,000 of them, like this one at Miami Beach High, but would add 7,000 more so that every school is monitored by 2020.
Seattle’s IB schools are national outliers in lack of support from district Seattle Times: Across the country, thousands of schools offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Seattle is the only large district in the Pacific Northwest that makes parents or individual schools pay for it.
Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine? Stateline: Ten years after the federal government approved the first vaccines to combat the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, nine years after those vaccines were recommended for all adolescent girls, and five years after they were recommended for all adolescent boys, less than half of girls and only a fifth of boys are getting immunized.
Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request Washington Post: State said the county did not do enough to modify its calendar in making up missed days.
Teacher arrested for carrying a gun at a middle school in Newtown, Conn. Washington Post: Small town where 26 children and teachers were killed in a notorious 2012 elementary school shooting has stepped up its law enforcement presence at schools.
Trial date set for Gary Solomon, co-defendant of Byrd-Bennett Sun-Times: Gary Solomon, 48, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen criminal charges stemming from the alleged steering of contracts to The SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates by Byrd-Bennett in exchange for kickbacks.
I’m not going to stand by while someone who doesn’t look like me accuses me of carrying out some form of Jim Crow... I teach my own kids that no one can take your dignity and only you can control your temper. I tell them that I know who I am. I know my history.
- Oakland superintendent Antwan Wilson quoted in this SF Chronicle column (Superintendent gets schooled in Oakland’s turbulent politics)
Opt-Outs Persist as Exams Begin Across New York - WSJ https://ow.ly/10lTtm
Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight - The Washington Post https://ow.ly/10lSD9
FOP want Chicago Teachers Union to condemn rally comments to 'F--- the police' | Chicago Sun-Times https://ow.ly/10kYOb
Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members | EdSource https://ow.ly/10lTop
Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion : NPR Ed : NPR https://ow.ly/10lSIv
New York Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Colleges https://ow.ly/10lSMA
Here's my latest Scholastic Administrator column, about the Teach for America Reboot: "The controversy surrounding TFA may have been helpful, in the end. As Villanueva Beard told Politico, “'I’m grateful for when people make our shortcomings clear, because it enables us to get better.'”
We already have so much work to do to try to close the achievement gap that this is a distraction... It's not Latino parents, it's not African-American parents. We don't have the time to be wasting trying to opt out. We need to know exactly how the kids are doing because when they go to college, if they are not prepared it's going to cost people more money.
-- Luis Torres, director of policy and legislation for the League of United Latin American Citizens, quoted in Politico (Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents)
Only 8 Percent of Students Complete College- and Career-Ready Curriculum, according to EdWeek story on new EdTrust report.
"Two years ago, Alex Hribal, a student at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, wanted to honor the Columbine killers, but school wasn’t in session April 20. He struck on Eric Harris’ birthday — April 9 — and stabbed 20 people." via Washington Post (The strange seasonality of violence: Why April is ‘the beginning of the killing season’)
Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents Politico: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew attention to the racial disparity in 2013 when he remarked to state superintendents that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against new academic standards because their kids had done poorly on the tough...
Chancellor on State Tests: 'I Don't Believe in Opting Out' WNYC: "I don't believe in opting out," she told reporters at a Brooklyn high school where she announced an expansion of dual-language programs for the fall.
For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy ChalkbeatNY: The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift that got its start months ago and is borne out in the state’s newfound support for “community schools.” The satisfaction of both groups points to a larger theme: In a shift, the budget had much more to do with haggling over funding than arguing over education policy.
General Electric Pledges to Spend $50M on Boston Initiatives AP: General Electric pledges to spend $50 million on initiatives in Boston, including $25 million in public schools
High school dean, responsible for discipline, charged with having heroin in her office Washington Post: Dean was handcuffed and led out a back door of her New Hampshire public school, but students and parents weren't told what happened for six weeks, when parent saw her name on a police arrest log.
Health Scare at Malibu School Sets Off Media War NYT: A debate over window caulking with the toxic chemical compounds has divided a California school district and parents like Cindy Crawford.
Bill, Chelsea Clinton spend day volunteering at Oakland schools SF Gate: Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, joined hundreds of volunteers at an Oakland school Sunday for a day of service that included a coat of paint and freshly potted plants.
Happy Monday. I'm working on a big project today but will be Tweeting and Facebooking here and there nonetheless:
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A drunk history of the federal role in education, via the folks at Fordham, featuring Rick Hess and some cocktails and pop culture clips and that song from the last episode of "Billions."
Or, if you missed this deep dive into a year at a struggling Seattle high school when it originally aired in December (like I did), take a listen. It's from Kyle Stokes, who was at the time still at KPLU.
He's now at KPCC. See also pictures and charts about the school here.
Chicago Schools to Close as Teachers Launch One-Day Strike AP: Teachers in Chicago are launching an unprecedented one-day strike. See also Sun-Times, Tribune, WBEZ.
Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union's repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner's anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities.
White teachers and black teachers have different expectations for black students Washington Post: New study provides more evidence that race plays a role in expectations of academic success. See also HuffPost.
Teacher-Pay Equity: An Unforeseen ESSA Wrinkle EdWeek: Teacher-salary comparability isn't one of the allowable topics in ESSA rulemaking, but that's not stopping the topic from cropping up in the negotiations.
Mayor de Blasio Meets With Parents Opposed to State Testing NYT: An Education Department official said that although the mayor continued to believe the tests were important, he wanted to hear the parents’ views.
Shirley Hufstedler, Pioneering Judge and First Cabinet-Level Education Secretary, Is Dead at 90 NYT: Shirley Hufstedler set as her goal at the new Education Department to bolster programs that gave assistance to the disadvantaged and the disabled.
One application for many L.A. Unified school options? That's the district's plan KPCC: Currently, each of these programs has its own application process and its own deadline; families must submit magnet applications by November, for instance, but paperwork for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) comes due in late April. What's more, parents can't apply for every program online.
High Lead Levels Found at More Newark Schools NYT: Nearly a quarter of samples collected in school buildings in the district last week had concentrations above the federal threshold.
Fewer Suspensions in City Schools After Discipline Changes WNYC: The New York Civil Liberties Union called the new numbers a strong indicator that schools are getting better at resolving minor behavioral issues — especially with the drop in suspensions due to insubordination. See also Chalkbeat.