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Weekend Reads: Young, gifted, and black or Hispanic? It depends on your district

PHOTO: Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post
Justin Machado, 9, reads on his iPad during his 3rd grade class at Ashley Elementary in 2015.
  • Few districts identify giftedness often in black and Hispanic students — until they try to. (New York Times)
  • An Arizona district has taught teachers to spot giftedness in students who don’t yet speak English. (NPRed)
  • You know Pearson as the maker of tests and textbooks. It’s also behind a chain of $2-a-day schools in the developing world. (Wired)
  • A watchdog group says two-thirds of states have reported glitches with computerized testing this year. (Fairtest)
  • Florida at least seems to be handling online testing pretty well this year. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • An appeals court ruling in favor of California’s teacher tenure and seniority laws could have far-reaching consequences. (L.A. Times)
  • A male teacher of color ponders his role as a relatively unusual presence in schools. (Jose Vilson)
  • Being a first-year teacher is exhausting. Follow along as one 37-year-old career changer enters a D.C. classroom. (Hechinger Report)
  • An ed policy realization: “If you’re burning it to the ground, they are not going to invite you back to rebuild it.” (Dad Gone Wild)
  • A detailed look at Denver’s remarkable expansion of school choice, from a fan of the shift. (Education Next)
  • U.S. Education Secretary John King wants states to do make sure students get a well rounded education. (U.S. News)

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Weekend Reads: ‘Love and love hard,’ a KIPP Tulsa teacher tells us all

PHOTO: Caroline Bauman
  • New Haven’s schools chief has fallen out of favor after seven years there, and now he’s looking to leave. (N.H. Independent)
  • The KIPP charter network urged its schools to act after Terence Crutcher, a KIPP dad, was killed by police in Tulsa. (Chalkbeat)
  • What that action looked like at KIPP Tulsa College Prep, where at least 10 students are related to Crutcher. (Tulsa World)
  • A teacher at the school went viral after sharing her experiences talking to students — and her advice to “love and love hard.” (Facebook)
  • Great teachers are experts at having hard conversations. Here’s their advice to America. (Chalkbeat)
  • One of Nevada’s wealthiest women is also the state’s glamorous board of education president. (Pacific Standard)
  • Two seasoned education policy wonks are leading Donald Trump’s education transition planning. (Politics K-12)
  • Why is Tennessee’s first single-sex charter school thriving? Not for the reason you might think. (The Atlantic)
  • Efforts are underway to improve black students’ experience at a diverse school where they still come out behind. (Bloomberg)

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Weekend Reads: Why Texas stopped students with disabilities from getting the help they need

PHOTO: Alan Petersime
  • A story about school choice in Philadelphia didn’t mention race drew criticism from Nikole Hannah-Jones (and others). (Billy Penn)
  • What KIPP did after it realized how many graduates were dropping out of college has changed the conversation about success. (Chalkbeat)
  • Texas has systematically prevented children with disabilities from getting the help they’re legally entitled to, according to a new investigation. (Houston Chronicle)
  • An exit interview with Kaya Henderson, the chief who took D.C. schools from “dead” to cracking down on families faking addresses to get in. (Scholastic)
  • Watch this video to get up speed on the Common Core standards and why they’re still under fire. (EdWeek)
  • A coach speaks directly, and encouragingly, to a student whose teacher sees him as a problem. (Education Post)
  • What Donald Trump is really saying when he says he’d create home-school vouchers for poor kids. (Slate)
  • A new study found that the greatest determinant of police surveillance in schools is the presence of students of color. (The Atlantic)
  • Catch up on the last year — and century — in Detroit schools, one of the few places where police seem to be visible in that city. (Harpers)
  • Among the details in a lawsuit challenging the quality of education in Detroit: condoms on the floor and teachers without training. (Chalkbeat)