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Eclipse conundrum, ‘those kids’ comment stirs emotions in DCPS, & more Thursday education news

For Schools, an Eclipse Conundrum: To Open or Close? For Fun or for Science?… Texas School Finance Reform Effort Fails in Special Session D.C. teachers’ meeting turns tense [...]

By | August 17th, 2017|The Grade|

ESSA approvals (CT, LA), test results (VA, CO), Charlottesville lessons, & more education news

ESSA DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Connecticut, Louisiana… DeVos approves Louisiana's new education plan, under Every Student Succeeds Act TEST SCORES Virginia’s test scores hold steady overall but [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|The Grade|

Back to school, ESSA update, declining charter support, & more education news

BACK TO SCHOOL/CHARLOTTESVILLE 'Charlottesville might be changed for me forever': Students contemplate return to school after deadly rally… As school begins, teachers mull how to teach Charlottesville conflict [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|The Grade|

Charlottesville repercussions, California spotlight, eclipse, more #ednews

His former teacher says James Alex Fields, Jr. espoused white-supremacist beliefs throughout his high school years James Fields Jr. was 'infatuated' with Nazis, former teacher say - NY Daily [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|The Grade|

Best damn education news of the week!

  ESSA EXTRAVAGANZA Perhaps the most-shared piece of the week was Emma Brown’s Washington Post overview of the challenges of giving states more control over intervening in struggling schools under ESSA. It’s [...]

By | August 13th, 2017|The Grade|

ESSA feedback for 3 more states, renewed efforts at mastery-based learning & vocational education – Friday #ednews

Trump Ed. Dept. Critiques ESSA Plans From Arizona, North Dakota, and Vermont Under new marching orders from Trump admin, the Education Department closed 1,533 civil rights complaints in 7 [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|The Grade|

Mainstream coverage of ESSA has been skimpy, superficial — so far

Concerns mount about the amount and depth of mainstream coverage of the new federal education law known as ESSA. By Alexander Russo The federal education law known as ESSA (Every [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|The Grade|

Three more ESSA plans approved, DeVos interviewed, & more #ednews

DeVos Approves ESSA Plans for Nevada, New Jersey, and New Mexico New Jersey says @usedgov has approved its ESSA plan:… Feds OK New Mexico’s plan for education reform [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|The Grade|

FL ESSA controversy, AL district secession effort, schools & the solar eclipse – #ednews

Civil Rights Groups Mobilize to Block Florida's ESSA Waiver Request… Black plaintiffs in Alabama appeal decision to allow white city to secede from its school district… Why some [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|The Grade|

VA’s ESSA plan, Seattle suspension drop, Maryland parents left in dark, & more #ednews

Virginia drafts new plan to hold struggling schools accountable… Fewer Seattle students are getting suspended, expelled, data show… Maryland school parents were uninformed for months about sex-abuse probe [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|The Grade|

States differ on ESSA turnarounds, Grand Rapids schools doing well, and more #ednews

What should America do about its worst public schools? States still don’t seem to know.… The Public Schools Near Betsy DeVos' Hometown Are Doing Great… LA Schools And [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|The Grade|

Best 📰 📻 📺 💻 of the week!

BEST OF THE WEEK The Wall Street Journal’s New Districts Reignite School Segregation Debate is probably the most interesting story of the week other than the affirmative action coverage (discussed below). Reported by Arian Campo-Flores, the [...]

By | August 5th, 2017|The Grade|

District secession, teachers who met DeVos, jailed students in Pittsburgh, & more of today’s #ednews

New Districts Reignite School Segregation Debate in Alabama… via @WSJ What 5 Michigan teachers said about their meeting with Betsy DeVos From school to jail: How hundreds of [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|The Grade|

Affirmative action revisited, Newark’s return to local control, and more of today’s #ednews

  AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Affirmative Action Battle Has a New Focus: Asian-Americans… Justice Department calls for review of race-based college admissions, alarming civil rights groups Trump administration reopens volatile [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|The Grade|

Best and worst education writing for July

July wasn’t a great month for education journalism. Maybe it’s the summer heat, or vacation plans. Maybe it’s the distractions and outrages of the Trump administration (both real and media-inflamed). [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|The Grade|

Best schools (MA), SAT scores (CT), safe schools (NYC), and more #ednews

Survey: Massachusetts has best, safest schools… SAT Scores Improve Among Connecticut 11th-Graders, But Achievement Gap Remains Last In, First Out No Longer the Rule for Teacher Layoffs @The74 [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|The Grade|

Homeless students, Medicaid funding, bilingual education, & more #ednews

  Washington state has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing… Wisconsin Education Chief Tony Evers Files to Run for Governor With high schools [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|The Grade|

Morning #ednews features computer science spike, new charter school study, & more

Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science… U.C. Irvine Rescinds Acceptances for Hundreds of Applicants… Do charter schools hurt their neighboring schools? A new [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|The Grade|

Best of the week, featuring Vox, the New York Times, and the Dallas Morning News

BEST OF THE WEEK Vox’s big school segregation piece is a strong follow-up to its January look at white self-segregation (and is written by the same journalist, Alvin Chang). The most important [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|The Grade|

Friday morning’s #ednews, presented in order of importance

STATES 📰 States bristle as DeVos and Department of Education critique their K-12 plans via @NewsHour 📰 Tennessee high schoolers post higher test scores, but some subjects remain a [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|The Grade|

NAACP blasts for-profit charters, MA moves away from English-only law, & all of today’s #ednews

NAACP The NAACP Has A Plan To Overhaul The Nation's Charter Schools… NAACP: School choice not the answer to improving education for black students NAACP calls for end [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|The Grade|

#Ednews of the day, in order of importance

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago… Computer science push focuses on unrepresented pupils… Are States Taking the Trump Ed. Dept.'s ESSA [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|The Grade|

Worst education journalism of the year (2016-2017)

Presenting the nominees for worst decision, worst coverage, worst story, and worst journalist. By Alexander Russo For many educators and students, it’s fast approaching time to go back to school. [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|The Grade|

States pondering testing changes, D.C. ignored ghost suspensions, and more #ednews

STATES New federal rules are pushing Indiana to explore giving state tests in Spanish… Ohio’s ESSA Reboot: State School Leaders Make Big Pivot After Outcry Over Testing Requirements @The74 [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|The Grade|

Monday morning #ednews mish-mash

Two Hundred Teachers Brave the Heat to Protest Trump's Education Agenda NJ Governor Chris Christie Signs Bill Protecting Trans Students… [See also ABC News] Weingarten Speech Tying School Choice [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|The Grade|

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