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Temp Credential Spike, Unusual DeVos Hires, Classroom Facial Recognition, Spelling Bee, & More

Number of Calif. Educators With Temp Credentials Doubled in Four Years Some Hires by Betsy DeVos Are a Stark Departure From Her Reputation… Teachers are using facial recognition [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|The Grade|

Funding Failures, District Secessions, Warren Watches, & More #EdNews

New Study Finds States Fail to Deliver on Title I Promise of Extra Funding for Low-Income Students… The Quiet Wave of School District Secessions | Education News | US [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|The Grade|

Why DeVos Commencement Coverage Was So Basic [Corrected]

Lack of familiarity with HBCUs and a focus on spectacle over substance contributed to superficial coverage.  by Joseph Williams When graduates at Bethune-Cookman University disrupted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s commencement [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|The Grade|

Federal Voucher Plans, Chicago Union Mergers, CT Teacher Protest, & More

  Ed. Dept. Has No Plans for a 'Federal Voucher Program.' Let's Break That Down.… In potential first, Chicago teachers union discussing merger with charter schools union via [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|The Grade|

Super Schools Dropout, Common Core Testing, Fired NOLA Principal

Backers abandon $10 million Super School project in Oakland… California students go online in record numbers to take Common Core-aligned tests, with few glitches… Texas 'bathroom bill' fading [...]

By | May 30th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism of the Week (May 20-26, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK  There's a new podcast series from The Atlantic called “What My Students Taught Me.” Focused on teacher-student pairs, the first episode of the series is about a [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|The Grade|

Fired GA Cops Get School Jobs, IN Charter Joins District, MA Teachers Snub Nation’s Best

NEWSMAKERS One of the top ranked high schools in the state just joined Indianapolis Public Schools… Troubled cops land jobs in Georgia schools… RUNCIE RESIGNATION GOP threatens to [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos Testifies, Common Core Lessons for Brazil, & Teacher Parking Permits

DeVos, Democrats Wage War Over Budget Cuts, Students' Rights Under Vouchers… DeVos Clashes With Democrats Over Federal Protections in School Choice Budget Proposals @The74 DeVos Refuses to Rule [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|The Grade|

Southern Journalism Shines In Green Eyeshade Awards

There's some really good education journalism coming out of the South. By Alexander Russo. This year's Green Eyeshade Awards (which focus on journalism in 11 Southern states) include tons of education stories, including [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|The Grade|

Another Look at Schools Coverage In Chicago

By Evan F. Moore In an era where “alternative facts” and “fake news” dominate the news cycle on a daily basis, the systemic issues in Chicago -- arguably America’s most [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|The Grade|

NYC Diversity, Preschool Report, DeVos Wish List

NYC middle schools, pre-Ks meet diversity targets -- and more high schools join initiative to spur integration… NYS Assembly Gives De Blasio 2 More Years, But Senate Demands More [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos Speech, Budget Proposal, Success Expansion, Zuckerberg’s School Visit – #Ednews

DeVos promises ‘the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history’ — but offers no details DeVos: School choice should expand, but not from Washington D.C. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|The Grade|

Notre Dame Grads Walk Out On Pence, Weingarten Heads To NM, & More #EdNews

Notre Dame (85% Catholic) students walk out as @VP @mike_pence begins his address. #WalkoutND — Summer Ratcliff (@SummerRatcliff) May 21, 2017 Notre Dame Students Walk Out During Mike Pence's [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (May 13-19, 2017)

BEST OF THE BEST The Washington Post got the scoop of the week, ferreting out details from the proposed federal education budget. EdWeek and others followed up. The Obama-era Race to [...]

By | May 20th, 2017|The Grade|

DCPS Clout List, New Era for LAUSD, & More #EdNews

Snowden, Fenty, & Rodriguez among VIPs who asked for and got special transfers from Henderson Despite increases in funding, some D.C. schools face possible cuts The Nation's Oldest [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|The Grade|

Why’d PBS Air “School Inc.”? It’s Not Entirely Clear

By Amy Shuffelton In School Inc: A Personal Journey, aired by PBS stations nationwide starting in April, creator/writer/narrator Andrew Coulson takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of private and [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|The Grade|

AM News: Trump Proposes $1B Choice Plan, LAUSD Election Results, & More

TRUMP BUDGET Report: Trump education budget would create a Race to the Top for school choice… Trump wants to spend $1B to push districts to adopt his preferred policies [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|The Grade|

Charter Backers Win LA Seats, Edmodo Hacked, & More #EdNews

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION Reformers sweep LAUSD school board elections… Big night for charter school-backed LAUSD candidates as Melvoin, Gonez win seats… Charter backers win their first L.A. school [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|The Grade|

Choice Polling, Today’s LAUSD Election, & NYC Schools Face Down ICE

CHOICE AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans Feel Fine About School Choice | Political News | US News… New AP Poll Shows Majority of Americans Open to Expanding Nation’s Charter Schools [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|The Grade|

Political Spending On Education, NJ Overcrowding, ESSA Plans, & More #EdNews

500 Students in a One-Room School: Fallout of New Jersey’s Funding Woes… At 3 a.m., NC Senate GOP strips education funding from Democrats' districts - Political activities [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|The Grade|

Best Education Journalism Of The Week (May 8-13, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK 📰 The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers — The Grade (@thegrade_) May 12, 2017 VOUCHERS: Friday’s NPR story about vouchers in Indiana might have [...]

By | May 14th, 2017|The Grade|

ESSA Plans, Vouchers Pro & Con, De Blasio Goes His Own Way, & More #EdNews

Sixteen ESSA Plans Have Been Turned In; Fewer Than Half Are Ready for Review The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers… De Blasio, Expanding an Education Program, Dismisses [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|The Grade|

Diversity In Education Journalism 2017: A Snapshot*

An updated look at racial diversity among education outlets and newsroom teams reveals some progress but stubborn challenges. *Including an editor's note explaining disputed quotes near the end of the [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|The Grade|

DeVos Gets Booed At Commencement, Plus Other #EdNews

DEVOS SPEECH Students boo Betsy DeVos as commencement speaker at historically black university… Bethune-Cookman Graduates Greet Betsy DeVos With Turned Backs Boos drown out Betsy DeVos' speech at [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|The Grade|

ESSA Planning, ICE Prepping, Minnesota Measles, & More #EdNews

ESSA PLANS New York Targets Chronic Absenteeism in Its ESSA Plan: 4 Things Research Shows About Attendance… New research shows Obama school turnaround program worked — in a few places [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|The Grade|

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