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BEST OF THE WEEK

It was a holiday-shortened week, and many reporters took a little extra time for vacation, but there were still several notable stories:

Following up on last week’s surge, more journalists are looking at their states’ ESSA plans and USDE responses. Here’s a review from The 74: New Mexico, Louisiana Rise to the Top; Michigan, Arizona Falter. The CT Post and CT Mirror have good stories about the USDE response. Chalkbeat CO has a strong report on how the state assessment system has changed.  Chalkbeat IN looks at the state’s new school grading plan. The MinnPost examines the state’s supports for ELLs. Good stuff, everyone. Let’s keep it going.

Meanwhile, WNYC’s Yasmeen Khan returned to check in on Q, the transgender boy she reported on two years ago. (One way to tell which journalists treat sources right is whether they let reporters come back and do a follow-up story.)

In another fascinating follow-up, Cara Fitzpatrick of the Tampa Bay Times returned to one of the schools from Failure Factories to witness efforts to turn the school around. There’s a new principal, a bunch of new teachers, and a lot of skeptical parents. Wow.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

📰 U.S. schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids https://t.co/byyP3A2yVn via AP

📰 US Parents spend $44,221 on their child’s education, from primary through undergrad https://t.co/MQElNhxehc via HBSC

📰 A full 71% of Americans think the government should spend more on education. http://read.bi/2svND0R  via @businessinsider

📰 This is how hard it is to be an undocumented college student in America http://fusion.net/story/570032/undocumented-on-campus/? via Fusion

📰 Teachers Union Adopts New, Anti-Charter School Policy  http://ow.ly/68mT30dq6iz via US News

📰 Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes http://pllqt.it/5SeBTI  via Mother Jones

📰 Oregon is making its public school lessons less white https://theoutline.com/post/1854/oregon-ethnic-studies-curriculum … via The Outline

FROM “THE GRADE”

Michigan’s The Bridge had to retract a feel-good story about a formerly homeless student getting into Harvard when it turned out that the whole thing was a hoax.

Meanwhile, the American Prospect published a story by freelancer Katherine Steward about school choice called “Proselytizers and Privatizers” but then took it down without explanation. Anyone know what’s going on? No response from the magazine or the author.

EWA’s webinar about Local Angles on Federal Issues is now posted online, if you missed it and are looking for some summer story ideas. The EWA17 session about diversifying your sources has also been written up.

As you may already know, June’s best featured the Washington Post, California Sunday, Chicago magazine, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, & US News. June’s worst included the NYT (twice!), the Bay Area News Group, & NPR.

USA Today’s Greg Toppo explained why the NEA denied Mike Antonucci access to the convention after 19 years of letting him cover it. (That’s Antonucci above left, pictured with former NEA president Reg Weaver.)

Seven years ago this summer, a secret listserv called “Journolist” (whose members included a handful of education writers) came to light.

PEOPLE, PLACES, & THINGS

Earlier this week, Tara Garcia Mathewson announced that she was going to join the staff of the Hechinger Report. Congrats to all.

On Friday, word came of layoffs at the Bay Area News Group, including Joyce Tsai, who’d been covering education for the East Bay Times. Snap her up quick, editors.

The Philadelphia School Notebook is one of six local newsrooms participating in a pilot program with Facebook, according to Poynter.

Heather Bryant, a journalism fellow with a working-class husband, wrote a much-discussed piece about class homogeneity in journalism: “Our journalism would be better if we were a better representation of the backgrounds and experiences…”

Speaking of class, the Guardian has launched a great new column about class called Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality.

KICKERS

This “Stewart School Lofts” sign advertising upscale apartments that are slated to replace a shuttered Chicago school generated controversy and ill will, according to the Chicago Reader.

Houston Public Media: At Furr High School, Educators ‘Escape the Interview’ https://t.co/8RSrtgDsbb https://t.co/kjCQT9Sl38

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