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Best of the week (July 17-21, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK There was lots of the usual DeVos outrage coverage this week, but the big education story had to be the Washington Post’s investigation showing that some D.C. [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|The Grade|

School board race reveals chronic gaps in political coverage

By Alexander Russo This story is co-published with the Columbia Journalism Review, a nonprofit project to encourage excellence in journalism. You might not know it if you live outside of [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|The Grade|

Weingarten and DeVos trade attacks, Chicago loses kids, more #ednews

    DEVOS/WEINGARTEN COVERAGE Teachers union chief: School choice rooted in segregation… AFT chief: DeVos' choice proposals are 'polite cousins of segregation' DeVos tells conservative lawmakers what they [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|The Grade|

NAACP in Baltimore, DeVos in Denver, Inflated HS GPAs, & More #EdNews

Facing a changing political landscape, NAACP national convention comes to Baltimore [“We're not saying we hate charter schools,” Russell said.] Easy A? Nearly half of HS seniors graduate with A average [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|The Grade|

ESSA concerns, DeVos does ALEC, Kansas funding fight, & more #ednews

ESSA Bipartisan Concerns Mount Over DeVos' Guidance on New Education Law | Education News | US News… House Republicans Warn Education Dept. on ESSA Overreach as Democrats Lament Lack [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|The Grade|

Ghost Suspensions in DC, NY State ESSA Plan, Calls for DeVos Staffer Resignation, & More #EdNews

Some D.C. high schools are reporting only a fraction of suspensions Kansas faces skeptical state Supreme Court on school funding… Student suspensions will now be used in New [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|The Grade|

Test scores, education cuts, black hair & more #ednews

CT test scores: Math achievement up slightly, English down a bit… Changes to teacher tenure law on hold in Sacramento. Again.… Leader of Hartford school choice program resigns [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism of the Week (July 7-15, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK ESSA implementation coverage is continuing to come along nicely. While ESSA is supposed to make things easier for them, states aren’t necessarily liking the feedback they’re getting from [...]

By | July 16th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos addresses college sex assault, House ignores Trump choice plan & more #ednews

SEX ASSAULT RULES DeVos says she will revisit Obama-era sexual assault policies… DeVos: Too many college students have been treated unfairly under Obama-era sexual assault policy… DeVos on [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|The Grade|

House spending plan, state ESSA plans, DeVos aide apologizes & more #ednews

HOUSE BUDGET House committee considers education spending bill that trims Trump’s cuts, drops funding for private choice… House education spending plan's cuts less severe than Trump budget GOP [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|The Grade|

Wednesday Morning #EdNews Roundup

Trump tossed Obama’s healthy meals, but not wellness goals… Some New York City Students Not Getting Therapy Services, Report Says… Betsy DeVos and Newt Gingrich will be in [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|The Grade|

Test Results, ESSA Plans, Sanders Investigation, & Personalized Learning – #EdNews

Arkansas Students Inch Up Test Scores In Second Year Of ACT Aspire Examination Trump Ed. Dept.: High-Achieving Massachusetts Has Some ESSA Work to Do 1 of 4 African-American [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|The Grade|

#EdNews: New Research on Grade Retention, Success Spinoff, & More

Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn't Necessarily Hold Them Back… Uncertified teachers may soon be allowed to train other uncertified teachers in charters under little-noticed rule: Detroit district [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Coverage of the Week (July 1-7, 2017)

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 [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|The Grade|

De Blasio’s mayoral control concessions, states sue DeVos, & more Friday #ednews

  De Blasio reveals multiple concessions to charter schools… Long-awaited IL budget vote won’t yet solve Chicago school funding problems See also WBEZ Florida seeks to protect Bush-era school [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|The Grade|

Best & worst education journalism of June 2017

By Alexander Russo Before July takes full hold, let’s take a look back at the best and worst education journalism in June.  As you'll see, there were some particularly strong [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|The Grade|

Connecticut, Florida & Colorado updates plus other #ednews

CONNECTICUT! State, feds disagree over CT student achievement… via @connpost Feds find Connecticut’s plans lacking | The CT Mirror COLORADO! How Colorado’s standardized tests have changed (and what's [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|The Grade|

State spending, school lunch, ESSA responses & more #ednews

MONEY A full 71% of Americans think the government should spend more on education. via @businessinsider US parents spend $44,221 on their child’s education, from primary to undergrad📰… [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|The Grade|

Gone Fishing – Back Wednesday

Happy Independence Day Weekend. The Grade will be back on Wednesday, July 5th. Looking for good education journalism to read in the meantime? Check out the most recent Best of the [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|The Grade|

Best of the Week (June 25-July 1, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK Education reporters did a really good job with timely stories about how the Medicaid cuts in the Senate health care proposal might affect school-based services and [...]

By | July 2nd, 2017|The Grade|

Friday #ednews mashup: Mayoral control, inequitable access, ESSA comment deadline

Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here's why.… Mayoral Control Renewed for 2 Years: Legislature Hands Victory to De Blasio In Special [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|The Grade|

‘No access’ to Betsy DeVos? No problem

Reporting without access is hard work, but the results can include better, more independent journalism. By Joseph Williams Pop quiz: What do Frank Sinatra’s pals, Tim Tebow’s football helmet, and [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|The Grade|

Mayoral Control, MD Rating System, FL Grades, & More #EdNews

The School Voucher Research Wars | Education News | US News… National arts scores are in, and the western U.S. lags behind… Trump Ed. Dept. Gives States, Districts [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|The Grade|

Grading State ESSA Plans, Health Care Impacts, & More #EdNews

New Mexico education plan best in the nation #abq via @ABQJournal Tennessee’s ESSA plan gets solid marks in independent review… Review: Michigan’s education plan lacks clarity via [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|The Grade|

#EdNews: ESSA Plans, Voucher News, Minority Parent Poll Results

ESSA Education Plans Lack Clarity on Disadvantaged Students, Worst Schools | Education News | US News… Review of ESSA Plans Rates States Strong on Accountability, Weak on Counting All [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|The Grade|

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