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ESSA countdown, DeVos on tour, a new day for Newark, and other key #ednews of the day

ESSA CONGRESS DEVOS As protesters rally across street, Education Secretary DeVos praises JCCC… House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out… California approves [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|The Grade|

DACA deal, ESSA update, Spokane school shooting, teachers’ pay lags – #ednews

DACA/ESSA Top Democrats just announced they struck a deal with Trump to protect DACA… Texas prepares to submit ESSA plan to Washington… via @NDGEditor CA approves ESSA plan, [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|The Grade|

Education reporting gets at the heart of catastrophe coverage

Schools are often at the center of communities’ responses to disaster, putting education reporters right in the mix – assuming they bring pencils and wading boots, that is. Over the [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|The Grade|

Hurricane recovery, DeVos tour, ESSA countdown, Newark update, & more #ednews

HURRICANE RECOVERY Fire destroys Tampa elementary school… Smiles, tears and some expected hiccups Monday as more than 600,000 Houston-area students returned to school.… Harvey flooded one school; another [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|The Grade|

Storm recovery, ESSA countdown, DeVos on tour, and all the rest of today’s #ednews

STORMS Hurricane Irma forces metro Atlanta schools to cancel classes After the Storm, It’s Finally the First Day of School in Houston… 10% of All Public School Students [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|The Grade|

Senate spending, ESSA countdown, storm update, & more education news

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Senate Appropriations Has No Funding for Betsy DeVos' Private School Voucher Hopes - HuffPost… Federal Education Funding Picture Is Getting Clearer, as House and Senate Advance Bills [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|The Grade|

Best of the week

Resegregation. DeVos's campus assault announcement. The opioid epidemic's effects on schools. DACA do's & don'ts. The untold story of DeVos's stint as a Grand Rapids elementary school tutor. It's all here. The [...]

By | September 9th, 2017|The Grade|

Campus assault review, Florida school closings, DeVos on DACA, and more #ednews

CAMPUS ASSAULT REVIEW Education Secretary DeVos launches formal review of federal guidelines for handling campus sexual assaults… DeVos says she will rewrite rules on campus sexual assault. Says Obama [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|The Grade|

Senate education funding, ESSA waivers (already?), Irma closings, & more #ednews

Senate Panel Rejects Trump Teacher-Funding Cut, School Choice Proposals… White House says black colleges summit is on despite reports… As a Grand Rapids school volunteer, DeVos gave generously [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|The Grade|

Opioid addiction and schools

The epidemic’s effects are much bigger than student overdoses and districts handing out naloxone. By Joyce Tsai Peggy Giuliano is a 6th-grade teacher in Newton Falls in northeast Ohio who [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|The Grade|

DACA wind-down reactions, Harvey & Irma affect back-to-school, & more #ednews

DACA & MORE Teachers protected by DACA launch a new school year under a threatening cloud… Denver students march out of schools in protest of DACA being rescinded [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|The Grade|

Back to school after Harvey, plus startling LAUSD report & more #ednews

HARVEY Dallas Schools Waive Enrollment Requirements, Provide Transportation for Displaced Houston Students… Teachers Organize To Help In Texas… At least 50 people have died from Harvey, including a [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|The Grade|

Gone Fishing – Back After Labor Day

The Grade is on vacation for the next two weeks but will be back with daily roundups, weekly columns, and tidbit-filled newsletters the first week in September.  

By | August 20th, 2017|The Grade|

Best education journalism of the week (August 12-18, 2017)

BEST OF THE WEEK Featuring great journalism about Charlottesville, the just-released EdNext poll results, back to school stories, &Monday's eclipse(!). See also this week's column from The Grade -- no #sheetcaking [...]

By | August 19th, 2017|The Grade|

How to explain the sprawling federal ESSA law to readers, editors, & friends

There are lots of interesting ways to tell the story of ESSA this fall. Don't get left behind! By Alexander Russo Mainstream news coverage of ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|The Grade|

Eclipse jitters, strong results (DCPS & Denver), slow statements (DeVos & Moskowitz) – Friday #ednews

ECLIPSE! Teachers: Schools' eclipse fears drive kids inside via @USATODAY What the first day of school looks like in 12 countries around the world via @BI_Strategy RESULTS Denver [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|The Grade|

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|

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