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Your Weekly Recommendations Monday, July 24, 2017
 
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School board race reveals chronic gaps in education politics coverage
Columbia Journalism Review • Alexander Russo
Rick Baker - Did the number of A schools increase under former mayor Rick Baker?
Politifact • Allison Graves
Jennifer Berkshire: The Public Rejects DeVos-ALEC Agenda
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
What We’re Watching: Who is Responsible for a Student’s Success: Parents or Teachers? – by Education Next
Education Next • Education Next
California proposes minimal sanctions for low participation in state tests
EdSource • John Fensterwald
School's out!
BBC • Marie Jackson
Jeannie Kaplan: Denver Activists Mobilized to Say a Loud NO to DeVos, Corporate Greed, and Privatization
Diane Ravitch's Blog • Dianeravitch
DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA – by Max Eden
Education Next • Max Eden
In the News: What Keeps Public School Parents Awake at Night? – by Education Next
Education Next • Education Next
State board, advocacy groups fundamentally disagree over plan for complying with federal education law
EdSource • John Fensterwald
 
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School board race reveals chronic gaps in education politics coverage
Columbia Journalism ReviewAlexander Russo
This story is co-published with The Grade, an independent effort to improve mainstream education coverage in partnership with PDK International. YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IT if you live outside of Southern California, but the nation’s second-largest school district—Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD)—recently held...
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Education, Education Reform
Rick Baker - Did the number of A schools increase under former mayor Rick Baker?
PolitifactAllison Graves
Rick Baker has used mailers, forums and social media to relay one big message in his campaign for St. Petersburg mayor: Schools in St. Petersburg saw drastic improvements when he was mayor from 2001 to 2008. During an interview with the Tampa...
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Education, Education Reform
Jennifer Berkshire: The Public Rejects DeVos-ALEC Agenda
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
Jennifer Berkshire asks a crucial question: Just how far right can Betsy DeVos go before the public rises up to quash her extremist agenda? Never in modern history has there been a more unpopular, more polarizing Cabinet member. She is unpopular because...
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Charter Schools, Colleges & Universities
What We’re Watching: Who is Responsible for a Student’s Success: Parents or Teachers? – by Education Next
Education NextEducation Next
In this 60-second video produced by AEI, Rick Hess argues that a partnership is necessary for success. He describes how KIPP charter schools ask teachers, parents, and students to sign a contract in which they all take responsibility for whether the student...
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Assessments & Testing, Colleges & Universities
California proposes minimal sanctions for low participation in state tests
EdSourceJohn Fensterwald
Credit: Alison Yin / (2014) In passing a new school accountability law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — Congress gave states more latitude to decide how to use federal education funding, particularly in improving schools serving low-income students and English learners....
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Education, Education Reform
School's out!
BBCMarie Jackson
The summer holidays are under way, but for some children, the studying - and the homework - will continue. It was a moment of pure joy: school was out for summer. Your school bag was shoved in the back of a cupboard....
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Education, Education Reform
Jeannie Kaplan: Denver Activists Mobilized to Say a Loud NO to DeVos, Corporate Greed, and Privatization
Diane Ravitch's BlogDianeravitch
Jeannie Kaplan, who served on the Denver school board for two terms, has been a sharp critic of the district’s devotion to charters and high-stakes testing. She has documented time and again that ten years of “reform” has produced nothing positive for...
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Education, Education Reform
DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA – by Max Eden
Education NextMax Eden
Last week, Senator Lamar Alexander fired a shot across the bow of the U.S. Department of Education, suggesting that acting assistant secretary for elementary & secondary education Jason Botel “hasn’t read [The Every Student Succeeds Act] carefully.” Alexander apparently decided to keep...
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Assessments & Testing, Colleges & Universities
In the News: What Keeps Public School Parents Awake at Night? – by Education Next
Education NextEducation Next
Shannon Gilchrist of the Columbus Dispatch writes Paying for college is No. 1. After that, they worry about their children’s happiness and safety at school. But academics? Not so much. Parents do care, but as long as their children are perceived to...
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Corporate Governance, Education
State board, advocacy groups fundamentally disagree over plan for complying with federal education law
EdSourceJohn Fensterwald
Credit: Michael Kirst, president of the State Board of Education. After much talk and testimony at a nine-hour meeting, the State Board of Education made modest changes last week to its draft of the state plan for complying with the Every Student...
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