The Grade

Trump Divides Advocates, DeVos Visits MD School, NYC Charter Sues Union, & Other #EdNews

1 Trump School Choice Proposals Drive Wedge Between Charter School Advocates | Best States | US News 2 Larry Hogan, Betsy DeVos Encounter Protesters During Bethesda School Visit… [...]

March 24th, 2017|

Special Ed Decision, School Funding Debate, International Comparisons, & More #EdNews

1 Supreme Court Rejects Education Minimum Applied by Gorsuch… 2 Trump administration's delay of rule to regulate career-training programs sparks protest… 3 School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don't [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

USA Today Misses The Mark With College Completion Story

By Alexander Russo Reporter Greg Toppo’s controversial USA Today story about college persistence rates for charter schools is just the latest example of an unfortunate but popular trend lately: approaching [...]

March 22nd, 2017|

School Immigration Debate, Learning Myths, Student Data, & More #EdNews

1 Ex-teacher charged with child sex abuse was subject of previous D.C. investigation… 2 Boston's public schools have adopted a new, more accurate world map… 3 You Probably Believe [...]

March 22nd, 2017|

DeVos At CCSSO, Choice In Iowa, LAUSD Funding, & More #EdNews

1 School Choice Fight in Iowa May Preview the One Facing Trump 2 Elizabeth Warren questions the hiring of for-profit-college officials at the Education Department… 3 After explosive allegations [...]

March 21st, 2017|

DeVos Meets State Chiefs, KY Approves Charters, KIPP Sues UFT, & More #EdNews

1 State education officials, DeVos to discuss school choice, vouchers | Local News | 2 After Heated Partisan Battle, Kentucky is 44th State to Pass Charter Law | [...]

March 20th, 2017|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (March 11-17, 2017)

From The Grade The NYT Corrected Its ESSA Regs Repeal Story  Spanish-Language Education News Lagging, Despite Parents' Needs The NYT Just Hired Tampa Bay Times' Mike "Failure Factories" LaForgia and Houston [...]

March 18th, 2017|

Trump Budget Details, Common Core Debates, & More #EdNews

10 After-school programs for 1.6 million kids hit by Trump budget… 9 Charleston Gazette-Mail | Common Core repeal bill stalls in WV Senate… via @wvgazettemail 8 French school [...]

March 17th, 2017|

Spanish-Language Education News Lagging, Despite Parents’ Needs

Spanish-language education coverage lacks quantity and depth, creating obstacles for Spanish-speaking parents of English-speaking children. by Timothy Pratt Over the past few weeks, English-language news outlets have been full of stories [...]

March 16th, 2017|

Trump Proposal Cuts Education, CA’s Hinky New Dashboard, & More #EdNews

10 Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets - WSJ 9 60 Years Ago, Resistance to Integration in Texas Led to [...]

March 16th, 2017|

College Persistence Rates, $6B Trump Budget Cut Proposal, & More #EdNews

10 Boston teachers’ union calls for protest as contract talks stall | Boston Herald 9 Feds: CPS consultant made millions through 'corrupt process from beginning to end' - Chicago Tribune [...]

March 15th, 2017|

DeVos Talks Big City Schools, Trump Heading To Nashville, Detroit Options, & More

10 After a contentious roll-out, legislators move toward consensus on school-discipline rules… 9 DeVos Pitches New ESSA Flexibility to Big-City Schools Leaders, Gets Tepid Response… 8 U.S. Education [...]

March 14th, 2017|

DeVos At Urban Districts, ESSA Regs Fallout, Immigration Worries, & More #EdNews

Bomb threats reported against Jewish schools in several cities”… Today: Betsy DeVos at Urban School Leaders' Conference - District Dossier - Education Week DeVos Chooses Ruddock, Another Ed [...]

March 13th, 2017|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (March 5-11, 2017)

  THE GRADE Common Core, Automated Advocacy, & Media Coverage WSJ "Rock Star Librarian" article ignites controversy with focus on white men in their 30s, reports EdWeek The NYT [...]

March 11th, 2017|

#EdNews Today: Senate Dumps ESSA Rules, Schools & Immigration, DeVos Meetings, & More

The Senate’s 50–49 Killing of ESSA Rules: A Sweeping Change in How America Will Rate (and Fix) Schools | The 74 Senate dumps Obama rule for holding schools accountable [...]

March 10th, 2017|

Common Core, Automated Advocacy, & Media Coverage

New study raises concerns about impact of automated social media advocacy on education coverage. By Alexander Russo At this point it’s no secret that there are all sorts of flaws [...]

March 9th, 2017|

#EdNews: Trump Adviser Speaks, NYC Diversity Fail, Senate Blocks Obama, LA Postmortem

Trump Education Adviser Wants 'Robust Portfolio of Options' For K-12 Students… Trump's education adviser promotes private schools… Diversity Lags as Students Are Matched With City Schools… Only [...]

March 9th, 2017|

Day Without Women, ICE At School, LAUSD Runoffs, Hartford Choice, & More #EdNews

DAY WITHOUT WOMEN On ‘Day Without A Woman,’ school’s on in New York City — but expect some red shirts and women’s history | Chalkbeat Prince George’s cancels classes as [...]

March 8th, 2017|

Protests, LAUSD Elections, Budget Worries, & More #EdNews

PROTEST The 'Day Without A Woman' Strike Is Closing Schools Around The Country… On ‘Day Without Women,’ Two Districts Cancel School… At least 2 school districts are canceling [...]

March 7th, 2017|

Trump School Visit, LAUSD Elections, Deported At Dropoff, & More #EdNews

Trump tours private school in Florida, promoting choice - AP Trump Makes His First Visit To A School As President, And It's A Private Religious One Private School [...]

March 6th, 2017|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (February 26 – March 4, 2017)

FROM "THE GRADE" Rocky Start for ProPublica "Alternative Schools" Series Why So Little Diversity Training For Education Journalists? Washington Post: How the conservative #PJNET botnet influenced the Common Core [...]

March 5th, 2017|

Rocky Start for ProPublica “Alternative Schools” Series

By Alexander Russo Pretty much everybody loves ProPublica, the nonprofit outfit dedicated to high-quality journalism. And they really should. The outlet generally does great work — including its education coverage. [...]

March 3rd, 2017|

Trump Goes Private, Kansas Funding Decision, LAUSD Showdown, & More

TRUMP/DEVOS Trump to visit private school to promote school choice - ABC News 5 Trump Cabinet Members [incl. DeVos] Who’ve Made False Statements to Congress - ProPublica Why [...]

March 3rd, 2017|

Immigration Fears, Common Core Disappearance, Trump Goes Catholic, & More #EdNews

IMMIGRATION Could fear of Trump’s immigration policies keep New York City students out of school?… This New Mexico school welcomes families who live across the border | PBS NewsHour [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Trump’s Speech, DeVos Backpedals, School-Level PISA Testing, & More #EdNews

TRUMP SPEECH Trump calls education 'the civil rights issue of our time' and asks for a school choice bill Trump Calls Education 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time,' Pushes [...]

March 1st, 2017|

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