A year full of terrible, horrible, no good, VERY bad media coverage of Betsy DeVos

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Last year, the national media basically lost its shit over Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos. Twelve months later, it’s not nearly clear as it should be that the coverage is getting better. By Alexander Russo A year ago this week, Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing turned into an infamous debacle. The nominee stumbled and stammered her [...]

Nine totally unsolicited story ideas for 2018

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What stories most need your attention -- and how to cover them -- in 2018. By Alexander Russo Education news focused on controversial politics and policy during 2017, for all sorts of reasons. That was fine – maybe even necessary. Controversy coverage has its place. And some great reporting emerged in the process. But now [...]

ICYMI: Problematic school attendance zones, USDE on Texas SPED program, & diminished education coverage in the SF Bay Area

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Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cFwNOb . BEST OF THE WEEK This is the web archive version of The Grade's weekly email newsletter, which goes out on Friday. Sign up here if you haven't already.  The best education story of the week is Alvin Chang's deep dive for [...]

2 education reporters … for a metro region of nearly 8 million people

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California’s Bay Area shows what it looks like when a region’s education reporting gets whittled down to nearly nothing. By Joanne Jacobs “Black students in San Francisco would be better off almost anywhere else in California," reported Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times in a Jan. 2 story on San Francisco’s “state of emergency” [...]

ICYMI: Best stories of 2018’s first week, edtech coverage challenges, & top-read columns of 2017

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This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays via email. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK It’s been a strong start to the new year for education coverage, including notable pieces about conflicts in San Francisco over how to reduce the achievement gap there [...]

Top 10 stories of 2017 from The Grade

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The top 10 education journalism stories of 2017  from The Grade were determined by website traffic. Readers, these were your favorites. 10: A new journalism fellowship program modeled in part on Teach For America. 9:  Amy Shuffelton's look into the PBS-aired documentary series called Choice, Inc. 8:  The story behind the viral DeVos resignation rumor. 7:  Conor Williams's commentary [...]

Best & worst for December 2017

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By Alexander Russo This month's best include a New York Times story about district effectiveness and coverage of the Newtown school shooting anniversary. This month's worst include NPR's refusal to correct its initial Ballou high school miracle story and the teeth-gnashingly bad Associated Press school segregation story. Check it all out below: BIG VARIATIONS IN [...]

Edtech coverage, the hype cycle, and media complicity

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Another insider’s concerns about the media hype cycle – and some great edtech story leads for 2018. By Alexander Russo Policymakers, administrators, and educators have been experimenting with technology for roughly 30 years, going back to the days of computer-assisted instruction, connecting schools to “the information superhighway,” and One Laptop Per Child. By necessity, education [...]

ICYMI: Tax law implications, disaster coverage, #Bestof2017 standouts: Best education journalism of the week (December 16-22, 2017)

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Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cFwNOb . BEST OF THE WEEK TAX BILL IMPLICATIONS: Maybe I'm the only one, but it wasn’t until this piece from The 74 that I understood the reasons why the tax bill had to be redone this week before it could be passed. DISASTER RECOVERY: There [...]

Best education journalism of 2017

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The Grade’s annual roundup of the best stuff we’ve seen all year – plus some suggestions from other folks we trust and admire By Alexander Russo and Kristen Doerer What a year it’s been, right? Even as the industry continues to go through enormous transition, the topics that education journalists are addressing keep growing. And, [...]

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