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Fifteen newsletters you need to know about if you really love education journalism

Newsletters are everywhere these days, for lots of good reasons. But which ones should you be reading?  By Alexander Russo Once considered hopelessly passé, email newsletters are all the rage [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: Best education reporting of the week (December 2-9, 2017)

Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign up for the newsletter here: . BEST OF THE WEEK The best piece of the week has to be Emily Badger’s [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|The Grade|

Best & worst education journalism for November 2017

Before last month gets entirely forgotten, here's a roundup of some of the best and worst journalism that came along. Follow @athegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign [...]

By | December 7th, 2017|The Grade|

How a Teach For America-inspired journalism program aims to bolster local news coverage

A new journalism fellowship program mirrors the well-known national teacher recruitment organization -- while hoping to avoid some of its missteps. By Alexander Russo Twenty years ago, a young would-be [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: The Newcomers, supersizing education coverage, & what really happened at Ballou High School: Best of the week

All the best education news & analysis in one place! BEST OF THE WEEK The best story of the week is Helen Thorpe’s new book The Newcomers, about refugee teens attending [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|The Grade|

Breaking free from the hamster wheel of daily news coverage

Good things can happen when reporters focus more on in-depth projects. But getting off the hamster wheel of breaking news is not something every newsroom can pull off.  By Alexander Russo [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|The Grade|

Edtech writer Audrey Watters shares thoughts on education journalism

In a new Q and A, Watters describes the three main aspects of education technology that warrant coverage, raises troubling questions about trade publications funded in part by companies they cover, and [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: Tax Changes, Common Core testing, & political postmortems: Best education journalism of the week

Here's the web version of the weekly roundup shared via email on Fridays. Check it out. Sign up here if you want to be among the first to get it [...]

By | November 20th, 2017|The Grade|

How the DeVos resignation rumor went viral — and what to do next time

What to do when fake news goes viral, based on last week’s now-debunked Betsy DeVos resignation story. By Alexander Russo Over the last week or so, the education world has [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: Hurricane recovery, Election Day results, debate over #RaisingKings, & the return of fake education news

This the web version of the free newsletter, Best Education Journalism of the Week. If you want to get the email version (on Fridays), sign up here. BEST OF THE WEEK The best education news [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|The Grade|

Puerto Rico school recovery update, election result analysis, an ESSA update, & more #ednews

PUERTO RICO Interviews At The Airport: Teachers From Puerto Rico Find New Schools In Orlando… 'A New Reality': Students And Teachers From Puerto Rico Start Over In Florida… [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|The Grade|

Praise and a wish for more from ‘Raising Kings’

NPR and EdWeek’s series about an all-boys school focused on restorative justice is occasionally moving -- but also flawed and frustrating. By Joseph Williams There’s nothing particularly innovative about “Raising [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|The Grade|

Election results, plus DeVos to Puerto Rico, & the rest of today’s top #ednews

NJ RACE Sweeney overcomes battle with teachers union, wins re-election in New Jersey… via @thephillyvoice NJ's Sweeney holds on to seat in costliest legislative contest in N.J. history… [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|The Grade|

Today’s top #ednews: All eyes on Tuesday’s political showdowns

Eight Important Education Races to Watch Tuesday… Millions in school bonds on ballots in Northern Virginia… Education is on the ballot Tuesday — here’s what to watch for [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|The Grade|

Tax plan’s education implications, private schools segregate DC, racist school board campaign flyer, & all the rest of today’s top #ednews

TRUMP/DEVOS/DC Teachers spend nearly $1,000 a year on supplies. Under the GOP tax bill, they will no longer get a tax deduction. Trump Ed. Dept. Offers 255 Employees Buyouts, [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|The Grade|

Truck attack near NYC high school, DeVos blames Trump transition team, Bannon/Weingarten meeting: Thursday’s top #ednews

ATTACK NEAR STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL Mangled School Bus, Bodies Everywhere in Manhattan; ‘It Was Surreal’ 'Horror': 1 student from mangled bus hospitalized, 1 OK… 'Shelter In Place:' Parents, [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|The Grade|

Best & worst education journalism from October 2017

By Alexander Russo What a busy month October was for education journalism! Here’s a quick look back at the best (including Raising Kings) and worst (including the New York Times’ [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|The Grade|

Students injured in NYC truck attack, DeVos tells all, ‘Raising Kings’ Pt. 3: #ednews

NATIONAL 'Act of terror' unfolds steps from New York City high school, injuring two students… The Education of Betsy DeVos - POLITICO Magazine 'Raising Kings,' Part 3: Irreconcilable [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|The Grade|

Tuesday #ednews: Denver, Los Angeles, Illinois, and elsewhere

DENVER Denver group agrees to stop using term "for-profit charter" in election material after complaints from DSST See also: Union-backed PAC makes false claims about "for-profit" charter schools… How [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: Best education news of the week

All the best education news & analysis in one place! BEST OF THE WEEK Ron Brown HS teachers Schalette Gudger (left) and Shaka Green (right) star in this week's episode of Raising [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos buyouts, Baltimore schools scandal, & all the rest of today’s #ednews

  DEVOS DISTRACTION DeVos offers buyouts to shrink Education Department workforce… Husband's donations cloud Betsy DeVos' pledge - #GoogleAlerts Why Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s names — and [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|The Grade|

Hey, education reporter: Can you spot the bot?

The impact of bots and disinformation on education news is unclear so far, but their effects on public discourse and on other areas of journalism suggest the need for much [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|The Grade|

‘Raising Kings, part 2,’ plus Puerto Rico recovery and LAUSD action: #ednews

REVAMPING SCHOOL DISCIPLINE ‘They Can’t Just Be Average,’ Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar… Suspending or expelling young students for behavior they can’t control makes matters worse. There is a better way.… PUERTO RICO RECOVERY Puerto Rico reopening some schools amid hurricane devastation – #GoogleAlerts On the first official day of school in #PuertoRico after #HurricaneMaria, students prepare to plant a new tree where an old one fell DISTRICT NEWS Unprecedented Seattle School Board race features two men in their 30s who don’t have kids… CPS Responds To WBEZ Investigation On Special Education… Dallas Tries Drop-In Programs for Low-Income Students… Ref Rodriguez pleads not guilty to charges related to campaign donations… His three allies on the L.A. school board want Rodriguez to take a leave. He says no.… KICKERS How a tombstone with Trump’s name on it made this elementary school a target of conservative ire… OKCPS votes to change names of three schools named after Confederate generals – #GoogleAlerts Children From Low-Income, Less Educated Families Spend Nearly Twice as Much Time on Screens… […]

By | October 25th, 2017|The Grade|

Melania Trump visits MI school, schools reopening after disasters, school board elections: #ednews

DEVOS/TRUMP/USDE How Betsy DeVos Became The Most Hated Cabinet Secretary… Melania Trump talks bullying in surprise visit to Michigan school via @USATODAY Unions must adapt after Supreme Court [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|The Grade|

Best of the week (#RaisingKings) & the future of the education beat

ICYMI: Here's the web version of the latest weekly email newsletter that comes out every Friday. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. BEST OF THE WEEK Big [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|The Grade|

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