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Weekend Reads: Meet the student who hid his college struggles from Michelle Obama

  • Students at a New Haven charter school walked out to call for a more diverse teaching staff. (N.H. Register)
  • Adding to the conversation about posting student work: An argument for making struggles visible. (Tween Teacher)
  • Here’s your table of contents for the massive and important debate that’s underway about the role of race in the education reform movement. (Chalkbeat)
  • Miami teachers are crowdfunding a lawsuit over the way their district gives pay raises. (Teacher Beat)
  • A student heralded by the White House for getting from the Bronx to college later dropped out. Here’s his story. (Vox)
  • Does asking kids to track their reading make them enjoy reading less? A psychologist and parent thinks so. (The Atlantic)
  • A long-struggling Connecticut high school with many poor students sits in the middle of a wealthy county. (The 74 Million)
  • It’s not that no one asked to replace lead filters in Newark school water fountains. But it didn’t happen. (Vice)
  • An editorial: The Gates Foundation’s revelation that improving education is hard shows that philanthropy’s role needs to be curtailed. (L.A. Times)
  • Federal funds for poor students often go to districts with very low poverty rates. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Teachers who have taken edTPA, a new teacher certification exam, give it mixed reviews. (Hechinger Report)
  • Tracking students by ability can be more convenient for schools. But it’s not great for students, of all abilities. (Coach G)

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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)