Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage was abundant, though marred by an exaggerated focus on partisan politics

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Pros and cons of Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage By Alexander Russo The Oklahoma teacher walkout is over and teacher protests in Colorado and Arizona are just picking up. That makes this the perfect moment to review the teacher walkout coverage of the past couple of weeks and bring any lessons learned into future coverage. Let’s [...]

ICYMI: Teacher walkout coverage, Spring favorites, & steady reporting on NAEP 2018 scores

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THE BEST OF THE WEEK Though we mentioned it last week, ProPublica’s A Betrayal (above) is this week’s best education story. Focusing on an immigrant high school student who tried to get out of the gang he felt trapped in, it also features a high school English teacher who first read his confession, a gang-fearing school system, [...]

The Grade’s favorite education bylines, teams, and outlets for Spring 2018

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A Spring 2018 celebration of education writers, teams, and outlets. By Alexander Russo One of the great pleasures of producing The Grade is having the chance to find, read, and share some of the great reporting being done on education. Often under difficult conditions, education reporters, teams, and news outlets are producing timely, informative, and [...]

ICYMI: Striking teachers, scrutinizing The Atlantic’s education coverage, & so many media controversies

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THE BEST OF THE WEEK Let's give praise to all the journalists who have been busting their asses this week covering the teacher activism in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and elsewhere. Their work -- see examples below -- has been impressive, sustained, and extremely helpful to those of us trying to understand what's going on in these [...]

What’s next for The Atlantic’s education coverage?

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A close look at The Atlantic’s education coverage since the announcement that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs would become a majority owner. By Alexander Russo Earlier this week, reporter Adam Harris started a new job covering higher education for The Atlantic, the sprawling for-profit news outlet that includes a legendary magazine (once called The Atlantic [...]

🎭 Best & worst education journalism of March 2018

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March was.... busy. Some would say hectic. But there was lots of strong education coverage, and a surprising amount of good news on the hiring/jobs front. Let’s take a look back at some of the best -- and worst -- education journalism of the month, along with hirings and layoffs/buyouts: PART 1: STRONG STORIES 🏆 GOLDSTEIN’S [...]

ICYMI: Republican flip-flop (on edfunding), Chalkbeat doubles down (on storytelling), & lots of other great education reporting

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THE BEST OF THE WEEK The best education journalism produced this week is Michael Scherer’s Washington Post article about Republican lawmakers changing course and now supporting higher education spending: Why Republicans are now bragging about their investments in education. In it, the national politics reporter describes the dynamics (and tactics) behind what he calls “a major [...]

Chalkbeat adds a new focus on storytelling to its ongoing expansion

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Now five years old and 30+ journalists strong, the network of education news sites has made impressive progress but also faces some ongoing challenges By Alexander Russo On Monday, the nonprofit education news network Chalkbeat announced that its newsrooms now exceed 30 reporters and editors. That makes Chalkbeat “one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in [...]

ICYMI: School discipline divides Minnesota teachers, how Ebonics coverage went wrong, & this weekend’s #MarchForOurLives protest

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All the best education news & analysis in one place! This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK There's something going on in Minnesota, but teachers there can't agree on how to solve it. Erica Green’s [...]

Lessons from the media’s coverage of the 1996 Ebonics controversy

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A long-forgotten uproar illustrates some of the chronic failures of media outlets covering polarized, racially-charged situations. But it's not just a historic concern. The controversy could re-emerge any time now, as schools search for better ways to serve low-income students.  By Alexander Russo On December 18, 1996, the Oakland (CA) school board passed a two-page [...]

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