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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 were two very good pieces on how schools are being affected by natural disasters this week. The first, from the Courier-Post: about Camden (NJ) schools facing an influx of children from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. The second, from NPR, about the implications for kids missing school after disasters.
SUMMIT SETBACK: It’s not inBloom 2.0 yet. But there was a smattering of coverage about two school districts’ decision to pull back on use of the Summit learning platform: Indiana Gazette,EdSurge, and AP.
STANFORD DATA: Kudos to WNYC and ChalkbeatNY for covering the new Stanford data showing district performance varying even after you control for student income. Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum wrote up the study, too, focusing on highlights like Tennessee and under-performers like Baltimore, LA, and Atlanta.
There’s an amazing Boston Globe story about the city’s racial divide, including the lack of black middle-class enclaves that can serve as anchor points for black families with school-age children.