Best & worst education journalism from October 2017

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By Alexander Russo What a busy month October was for education journalism! Here’s a quick look back at the best (including Raising Kings) and worst (including the New York Times’ coverage of Betsy DeVos’ work calendar) as we head on to November. BEST There were three education journalism standouts this month (well, including one from [...]

Students injured in NYC truck attack, DeVos tells all, ‘Raising Kings’ Pt. 3: #ednews

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NATIONAL 'Act of terror' unfolds steps from New York City high school, injuring two students co.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… The Education of Betsy DeVos - POLITICO Magazine pllqt.it/h40tBm 'Raising Kings,' Part 3: Irreconcilable Differences - Education Week/NPR ow.ly/Ykdj30gh03i A simple solution for solving teacher shortages: pay incentives for hard-to-find educators chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/… "Results suggest a sizable increase in the [...]

Tuesday #ednews: Denver, Los Angeles, Illinois, and elsewhere

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DENVER Denver group agrees to stop using term "for-profit charter" in election material after complaints from DSST chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/ See also: Union-backed PAC makes false claims about "for-profit" charter schools chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide nzzl.us/YHjLcyk via @nuzzel ILLINOIS IL test scores show schools struggling to reach Common Core standards herald-review.com/news/local/edu… Illinois [...]

ICYMI: Best education news of the week

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All the best education news & analysis in one place! BEST OF THE WEEK Ron Brown HS teachers Schalette Gudger (left) and Shaka Green (right) star in this week's episode of Raising Kings. Image via EdWeek. If you thought last week’s episode of Raising Kings was good, I’m here to tell you that this week’s was better. If [...]

DeVos buyouts, Baltimore schools scandal, & all the rest of today’s #ednews

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  DEVOS DISTRACTION DeVos offers buyouts to shrink Education Department workforce washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi… Husband's donations cloud Betsy DeVos' pledge - goo.gl/alerts/PKtAV #GoogleAlerts Why Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s names — and faces — are all over this fall’s Denver school board races chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… COME ON, PEOPLE As superintendent, Dallas Dance spent more than a third of [...]

Hey, education reporter: Can you spot the bot?

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The impact of bots and disinformation on education news is unclear so far, but their effects on public discourse and on other areas of journalism suggest the need for much greater awareness. By Alexander Russo Sign up for The Grade's Best of the Week email newsletter here. Like The Grade on Facebook here. You can also follow The [...]

‘Raising Kings, part 2,’ plus Puerto Rico recovery and LAUSD action: #ednews

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REVAMPING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE ‘They Can’t Just Be Average,’ Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar npr.org/sections/codes… Suspending or expelling young students for behavior they can’t control makes matters worse. There is a better way. nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opi… PUERTO RICO RECOVERY Puerto Rico reopening some schools amid hurricane devastation – goo.gl/alerts/Adu7a #GoogleAlerts On the first official day of school in #PuertoRico after #HurricaneMaria, students prepare to plant a new tree where an old one fell https://t.co/w9n7ipGh7R DISTRICT NEWS Unprecedented Seattle School Board race features two men in their 30s who don’t have kids seattletimes.com/seattle-news/e… CPS Responds To WBEZ Investigation On Special Education wbez.org/shows/wbez-new… Dallas Tries Drop-In Programs for Low-Income Students wnyc.org/story/dallas-t… Ref Rodriguez pleads not guilty to charges related to campaign donations laschoolreport.com/ref-rodriguez-… His three allies on the L.A. school board want Rodriguez to take a leave. He says no. latimes.com/local/educatio… KICKERS How a tombstone with Trump’s name on it made this elementary school a target of conservative ire washingtonpost.com/news/education… OKCPS votes to change names of three schools named after Confederate generals – goo.gl/alerts/fsvzX #GoogleAlerts Children From Low-Income, Less Educated Families Spend Nearly Twice as Much Time on Screens the74million.org/children-from-… […]

Melania Trump visits MI school, schools reopening after disasters, school board elections: #ednews

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DEVOS/TRUMP/USDE How Betsy DeVos Became The Most Hated Cabinet Secretary huffingtonpost.com/entry/betsy-de… Melania Trump talks bullying in surprise visit to Michigan school usat.ly/2gCT12t via @USATODAY Unions must adapt after Supreme Court ruling cabinetreport.com/politics-educa… Facing public outcry, New Mexico restores evolution and global warming to science standards motherjones.com/politics/2017/… via @MotherJones The Education Department phased out 72 policy [...]

Best of the week (#RaisingKings) & the future of the education beat

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ICYMI: Here's the web version of the latest weekly email newsletter that comes out every Friday. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. BEST OF THE WEEK Big welcome to new readers who are here via the Ann Friedman Weekly!  SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION RAISING KINGS, PART ONE The best piece of the week by far has [...]

Race for CA superintendent, displaced students, Chicago’s enrollment drops: #ednews

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More FL school districts blame sexual abuse victims sun-sentinel.com/news/education… New Mexico Wavered on Evolution and Climate Change in Science Education nytimes.com/2017/10/20/us/… Inside the three-candidate battle for northeast Denver’s school board seat ny.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… In Aftermath Of Northern California Fires, Schools Brace For Newly Homeless Students huffingtonpost.com/entry/in-after… CPS enrollment drops over 20K in two years; schools get [...]

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