Best education journalism of the week (June 22, 2018)

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It includes the week’s standout education story — a blockbuster New York Times piece (screen shot above) showing how widespread the practice of academic screening has become over the past 20 years, and how much it contributes to segregation and inequality. The newsletter explains why the story is so important — and has gone relatively unnoticed until now.

Other great education stories from the past week include EdWeek’s 6 Things to Know About the Trump Administration’s Responsibility to Educate Migrant Children in Shelters and the LA Times’ At a juvenile detention camp, a different kind of prom.

The “Media Tidbits” section includes some thoughts on whether the proposed merger of the Department of Education and Department of Labor is worth covering, highlights of a new report on nonprofit journalism, and information about a cool new ProPublica tool that lets you look up your school district or college to see if it’s been investigated for civil rights violations.

The “People, Jobs, & Awards” section includes news about two big hires at Chalkbeat, a Merrow award for a moving news segment about border schools, and a handful of job openings at places like the Houston Chronicle and Seattle Times.

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ALEXANDER RUSSO (@alexanderrusso) is editor of The Grade.

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