Edtech writer Audrey Watters shares thoughts on education journalism

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In a new Q and A, Watters describes the three main aspects of education technology that warrant coverage, raises troubling questions about trade publications funded in part by companies they cover, and praises a handful of journalists she admires. By Alexander Russo People in education have strong feelings about education technology writer Audrey Watters. I am one of [...]

ICYMI: Tax Changes, Common Core testing, & political postmortems: Best education journalism of the week

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Here's the web version of the weekly roundup shared via email on Fridays. Check it out. Sign up here if you want to be among the first to get it next time. BEST OF THE WEEK This week’s best education stories, organized by topic: LATEST NEWS NYT: House G.O.P. Tax Writers Take Aim at College [...]

How the DeVos resignation rumor went viral — and what to do next time

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What to do when fake news goes viral, based on last week’s now-debunked Betsy DeVos resignation story. By Alexander Russo Over the last week or so, the education world has gone through a roller-coaster ride of emotions over the rumored (and since debunked) notion that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was on the verge of quitting [...]

ICYMI: Hurricane recovery, Election Day results, debate over #RaisingKings, & the return of fake education news

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This the web version of the free newsletter, Best Education Journalism of the Week. If you want to get the email version (on Fridays), sign up here. BEST OF THE WEEK The best education news stories of the week focused in on the ongoing educational effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on students and educators. They include WHYY’s In North Philadelphia, a school reshaped by Hurricane Maria, Houston Public Media’s How [...]

Puerto Rico school recovery update, election result analysis, an ESSA update, & more #ednews

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PUERTO RICO Interviews At The Airport: Teachers From Puerto Rico Find New Schools In Orlando npr.org/2017/11/08/562… 'A New Reality': Students And Teachers From Puerto Rico Start Over In Florida npr.org/sections/ed/20… Betsy DeVos visits storm-battered schools in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… DeVos Pledges $2 million in Federal Money to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Storm-Wrecked [...]

Praise and a wish for more from ‘Raising Kings’

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NPR and EdWeek’s series about an all-boys school focused on restorative justice is occasionally moving -- but also flawed and frustrating. By Joseph Williams There’s nothing particularly innovative about “Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep,” the three-part series reported by NPR's Cory Turner and Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza [...]

Election results, plus DeVos to Puerto Rico, & the rest of today’s top #ednews

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NJ RACE Sweeney overcomes battle with teachers union, wins re-election in New Jersey phillyvoice.com/2017-general-e… via @thephillyvoice NJ's Sweeney holds on to seat in costliest legislative contest in N.J. history philly.com/philly/news/po… N.J. election results 2017: Steve Sweeney wins re-election despite $20 million battle with teachers union s.nj.com/2VPzNqa OTHER ELECTION DAY NEWS Anti-voucher slate in Douglas County cruises [...]

Today’s top #ednews: All eyes on Tuesday’s political showdowns

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Eight Important Education Races to Watch Tuesday the74million.org/article/electi… Millions in school bonds on ballots in Northern Virginia washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… Education is on the ballot Tuesday — here’s what to watch for and why it matters chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… OTHER NEWS Small Houston charter school pays top dollar to leader, owns luxury condo houstonchronicle.com/news/education… What's DeVos been up to? [...]

Tax plan’s education implications, private schools segregate DC, racist school board campaign flyer, & all the rest of today’s top #ednews

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TRUMP/DEVOS/DC Teachers spend nearly $1,000 a year on supplies. Under the GOP tax bill, they will no longer get a tax deduction. nzzl.us/uLxO9xl Trump Ed. Dept. Offers 255 Employees Buyouts, Early Retirement blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig… Private Schools in D.C. Represent Roadblock to Integration | WAMU ow.ly/gOK330gjM7x POLITICS 'DEPORT’: Racist campaign mailers target Asian school board candidates washingtonpost.com/news/education… [...]

Truck attack near NYC high school, DeVos blames Trump transition team, Bannon/Weingarten meeting: Thursday’s top #ednews

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ATTACK NEAR STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL Mangled School Bus, Bodies Everywhere in Manhattan; ‘It Was Surreal’ nyti.ms/2iQY3sS 'Horror': 1 student from mangled bus hospitalized, 1 OK abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/h… 'Shelter In Place:' Parents, Students React to Truck Attack wnyc.org/story/shelteri… This Teacher Has Watched 3 Deadly Attacks From Inside Stuyvesant High School huffingtonpost.com/entry/stuyvesa… DEVOS DISTRACTION DeVos’ Schedule Omits Many [...]

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