🔊 Great reminder from Politico’s Caitlin Emma: The USDE “has signaled no definitive action on 2014 discipline guidance. What it has done: signaled plans to seek comment on whether it should delay Obama rule on ensuring students w/ disabilities aren’t needlessly disciplined more often than their peers.”
🔊 Kudos to the student journalists at Ithaca College who dug into the background of the top candidate to head the institution and found some disturbing information. According to Frank LoMonte, the situation highlights the problems of secret hiring processes that search firms often employ to find candidates. He calls it “the corrosive toll that secrecy takes on the college presidential selection process.”
🔊 The LA Times’ Joy Resmovits had some thoughts about the news that HuffPost, where she used to work, was ending its unpaid blog posts, which often appeared right next to her reported pieces. “Having questionable content all around initially made it hard to get sources to take me seriously,” she wrote on Twitter. “Along with some valuable reflections [among the blog posts], there were some apocryphal stories on the ed page, and I had to explain the difference quite often.”
🔊“Something like 75% of bad #edreform media coverage can be explained by the fact that wealthy and/or (especially) childless edu-journalists write about intersections of real estate and schools,” says New America’s Conor Williams. “So, so, so many articles by journos who attended hyper-privileged, mostly-segregated neighborhood schools + don’t have kids [who] often have enormous blind spots in their writing.” Others including Nikole Hannah-Jones have argued that HAVING kids creates big journo blind spots, too.
🔊 “It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities,” wrote the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi way back in 2014. “ It’s that the economics of the digital age work strongly against reporting about schools, cops and the folks down the street.”
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