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Weekend Reads: A decade after Katrina, Louisiana to phase out Recovery School District

PHOTO: FEMA/Rachel Rodi
Chalmette High School in New Orleans was heavily damaged following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thanks in part to $53.7 million in FEMA funds, the school was repaired and underwent a state-of-art-expansion that included an athletic complex, more classrooms, a cafeteria and cultural arts center.
  • The uncertainty over Seattle’s teacher residency program’s future underscores the high cost of the training programs. (Hechinger Report)
  • Donald Trump’s education agenda takes less than a minute to explain and baffles people who know education policy. (The Atlantic)
  • Critics of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are afraid Trump’s education agenda would mirror Christie’s own. (N.J. Spotlight)
  • Louisiana lawmakers quietly voted this week to begin shutting down the Recovery School District and returning its schools to the New Orleans district. (The 74 Million)
  • To diversify its competitive arts high school, San Francisco banned the school from enrolling students from other districts. Some people aren’t happy. (SF Mag)
  • Michigan lawmakers advanced Detroit schools legislation to punish teachers who were on a “sickout.” (Chalkbeat)
  • The correlation between school funding and student performance, visualized. (The Upshot)
  • Are there better ways to fund schools? Maybe, but the experiments so far, including in Colorado, haven’t been promising. (NPRed)
  • When a Los Angeles teacher toured Korean schools, he found both inspiration and unsettling warts. (Insideschools)
  • Meet an organizer behind the recent “walk-in” protests at schools across the country. (ThinkProgress)
  • New York City isn’t closing many schools these days, but stress is still high at the ones on the chopping block. (CityLens)
  • A problem-solver asks why Tennessee pointed fingers while its testing program fell apart rather than regrouping. (Dad Gone Wild)
  • Bernie Sanders’ wife Jane says she respects the Gates Foundation’s motives but sides with teachers unions. (The Nation)
  • Go inside the New York City school that has students saying, “The best part of my day is going to Delta.” (NPRed)
  • Congratulations to our New York senior reporter Patrick Wall, who this week won the Education Writers Association’s top prize for outstanding beat reporting. (EWA)

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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)