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Weekend Reads: Boston’s most elite school doesn’t reflect the city’s diversity

Jane Urschel of the Colorado Association of School Boards (right) critiqued the parent trigger bill by Rep. Don Beezley, R-Broomfield, (left) during a committee hearing March 14, 2011.
Students take an AP exam at Bronx Science, one of New York City's specialized high schools.
  • Boston’s most elite high school, where a single test determines admission, has a diversity problem. (Boston Globe)
  • The problem — and the solutions tried — mirrors what’s happened in New York’s most selective schools. (Chalkbeat)
  • Amid cascading problems with the state’s new exam, Tennessee canceled testing for most students this year. (Chalkbeat)
  • Sixty years after federal authorities forced integration in Little Rock, the city’s schools are deeply segregated. (The Atlantic)
  • Kentucky dramatically narrowed the funding gap between schools in rich and poor districts, but disparities remain. (NPRed)
  • Some say magic propelled Massachusetts schools to their top-tier status. Others credit new money. (WGBH)
  • Former Memphis schools chief Kriner Cash says he can fix schools in Buffalo. That’s a big promise. (The 74 Million)
  • To curb segregation, it’s better to end gifted programs than change how students get in, two researchers argue. (Quartz)
  • Chicago’s most popular charter schools will get to add students despite a cap on charter enrollment. (Catalyst)
  • Prince played a free concert for Los Angeles students in 1985 but he didn’t want you to know that. (L.A. Times)

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