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Best Education Journalism Of The Week! (April 22-28, 2017)

BEST OF THE BEST It’s been a pretty good week for education journalism, including a beautifully-reported NYT look at how liberal white Manhattan parents contribute, decision by decision, to the [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|The Grade|

Federal Overreach, Segregation In Denver & NYC, & Why Kids Need Breaks To Learn

Trump starts review of federal 'overreach' in education - CNNPolitics.com ow.ly/G0iV30bfVgg Trump to review 'overreach' in education ow.ly/stJO30bfVdt Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens https://nyti.ms/2qdYUTH The thorny problem of [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|The Grade|

How Education Journalists Respond to Public Criticism

What -- if anything -- should reporters do when their credibility is challenged in public? By Alexander Russo It’s no easy task for reporters to report and describe the competing [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|The Grade|

Executive Order, Tax Plan Implications, TN Charter Bill, & More #EdNews

What does Trump's executive order on education do? Not much fw.to/MoteyoG Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control, via @nytimes nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/… Trump Aims To Limit The Education [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|The Grade|

High School Rankings, Homework Divides, DeVos Tours, Beyonce + Michelle Obama – #EdNews

U.S. News Ranks America’s Top Public High Schools — and for the First Time, Charters Dominate Top 10 @The74 bit.ly/2oJcwFi Never Mind the Students; Homework Divides Parents - The New [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|The Grade|

Fighting Islamophobia, Expanding Preschool, DeVos On Common Core

As Outside Spending & Attacks Reach All-Time High, LA School Board Candidates Say Race Is Out of Their Control the74million.org/article/as-out… Full Video: Barack Obama Appears at University of Chicago to [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|The Grade|

Obama In Chicago, Brave Robotics Kids, Fake Teaching Ban, & More

Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/Tgvi30b7dXD Private meeting marks Obama's Chicago return upi.com/6521507t via @UPI These robotics students were told [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|The Grade|

Hits & Misses of This Year’s Education Writers Award Finalists

The 36 nominees for EWA's 2016 awards include some great work -- but also miss some big stories.  By Alexander Russo There are tons of big-name journalism awards each year [...]

By | April 22nd, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (April 16-22, 2017)

NATIONAL Washington Post:Long rated by test scores, schools may soon be judged on student absenteeism too https://t.co/eaogdnFezI USA Today:First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump http://usat.ly/2pyZriQ  See also Vox: http://ow.ly/egi330b0UGq  US News: US [...]

By | April 22nd, 2017|The Grade|

CA Supports Vouchers, DeVos/Weingarten Go Rural, & More #EdNews

VOUCHER POLLING Poll reveals support in California for tax-funded school vouchers sfgate.com/bayarea/articl… Majority of Californians polled favor vouchers for private schools edsource.org/2017/majority-… DEVOS/WEINGARTEN Four things to know about Van Wert, [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|The Grade|

#EdNews: DeVos/Weingarten Visit, SCOTUS Voucher Case, New ESSA Plans

Long rated by test scores, schools may soon be judged on student abenteeism too washingtonpost.com/long-rated-by-… Randi Weingarten promises to 'educate' DeVos as AFT kicks off campaign against Trump agenda - [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|The Grade|

Latest NYT School Data Visualization Dumbs Down Test Results

Unlike The Upshot's 2016 school data story, hailed by academics and readers alike, a recent education piece raised several concerns. By Alexander Russo A couple of weeks ago on a [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|The Grade|

Dems Fight Over Choice, DeVos Urged to Relent, Feds Investigate Richmond

Democrats link pro-charter party rivals to DeVos as 2018 fights emerge politi.co/2oe4yUA Lawmakers Urge DeVos to Reconsider Grant Application Rejected for Formatting Error | Maine Public ow.ly/Lpyr30aVJJM New York's College [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|The Grade|

Bennet Slams DeVos, CT Magnet Lottery Proceeds, & More #EdNews

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… How $100 of Your Taxes Are Spent: 8 Cents on National Parks and [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week [BOTW] 04/9-15/2017

  NATIONAL The 74: Arizona Lawmakers Implement Nation's First Universal Education Savings Account Program https://t.co/WsY6c94QNu See also WSJ,  Washington Post CNN: Student one of 3 dead in San Bernardino school shooting [...]

By | April 15th, 2017|The Grade|

Parent Fundraising, LAUSD Replications, Teacher Demographics, & More #EdNews

The 8-year-old boy who was killed in the San Bernardino school shooting was overcoming Williams syndrome. lat.ms/2nKjcGA Study: Parent groups in Northwest D.C. raise thousands for schools wapo.st/2p7iweA?tid=ss… Sue Snyder [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos Staffs Up, CA Grad Rates Up, Teachers Voice Opinions, & More #EdNews

L.A. Unified’s 2016 grad rate is 77%, even higher than the district thought. Racial disparities remain, though state,latimes.com/local/educatio… California and L.A. Unified graduation rates continue to increase latimes.com/local/educatio… DeVos announces [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|The Grade|

Pulitzers 2017: Education Journalism Did Better Than You Think

It was an off year, relatively speaking, for education journalism being recognized by the Pulitzer Committee. Last year, the Tampa Bay Times' won the top prizes for Failure Factories, and [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|The Grade|

CA Grad Rate Uptick, AZ’s Universal Choice Effort, DC Schools’ Easter Egg Crisis, & More #EdNews

Arizona Lawmakers Implement Nation's First Universal Education Savings Account Program the74million.org/article/school… Testing materials delivered as Tennessee schools prepare to try TNReady again chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/… UW study suggests federal school-improvement grants weren’t [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|The Grade|

Another Shooting In A School, DeVos Meets Charter Leaders, & More

San Bernardino shooting puts spotlight on school safety edsource.org/2017/san-berna… Terrified parents, students reunited after school shooting hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie… Betsy DeVos to meet with New York City charter leaders Eva Moskowitz and [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos/Weingarten Agree To School Visit, & More #EdNews

DeVos Accepts Invitation From AFT President and District to Visit School in Ohio ow.ly/UBO730aH59J DeVos praises this voucher-like program. Here’s what it means for school reform. washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Has LAUSD's school [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Writing Of The Week (April 2-9, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK NATIONAL/FEDERAL Miami Herald: Betsy DeVos picked FIU for her first public university visit. Then she met Pitbull. https://t.co/pjYXEzS5ae Washington Post: The nearly $8 million cost of [...]

By | April 9th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos Visits Miami, AZ Voucher Expansion [But Not TX], Muted Mayoral Control Fight for NYC

In Miami, DeVos visits 1st public university, faces protesters - Washington Post ow.ly/BkXY30aEMpC Betsy DeVos picked FIU for her first public university visit. Then she met Pitbull. miamiherald.com/news/local/edu… Republican Arizona [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|The Grade|

Growing Tensions Between DeVos Education Department & Reporters

By Alexander Russo Access, responsiveness, and calendar notifications are all at issue As of early April, journalists’ access to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos – and to timely responses from the [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|The Grade|

CT Revamps Teacher Evaluations, DeVos Visits DC Charter, Boston Schools Collaborate, & Other #EdNews

Connecticut Won’t Use Students’ State Test Scores in Teacher Ratings - WSJ ow.ly/oWi030aCBzd State Eliminates Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations courant.com/education/hc-s… Melania Trump, Jordan's queen tour girls-only charter school apnews.com/69a0764aef3447… [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|The Grade|

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