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Weekend Reads: The ed reform conference that announced the ascendance of Black (Students’) Lives Matter

Memphians and family members of Darrius Stewart, a black 19-year-old who was  killed by a police officer in 2015, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in his honor.
Memphians and family members of Darrius Stewart, a black 19-year-old who was killed by a police officer in 2015, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in his honor.
Kayleigh Skinner
  • Getting to the Ivy League is hardly the end of the challenge for students who are the first in their families to attend college. (Washington Post)
  • The first leaked questions from the PARCC exam are drawing criticism from test critics. (Slate)
  • Teachers who passed the new edTPA certification exam boosted their students’ scores in reading but not math. (Teacher Beat)
  • Chicago’s school funding crisis, visualized. (Full Frame)
  • Students in Philadelphia are writing poetry to cope with the gun violence they experience regularly. (The Trace)
  • This year’s version of an elite education reform conference channeled the Black Lives Matter movement, according to one black educator who was surprised. (Education Post)
  • A Chicago principal who could be fired over insubordination was elected to represent his colleagues statewide. (Sun-Times)
  • San Francisco has a teacher shortage. But Teach For America still isn’t welcome. (SF Chronicle)
  • New Hampshire is piloting performance exams to replace multiple-choice tests, and other states are watching. (Chalkbeat)
  • New York education officials wanted to try a similar testing overhaul — until they realized they would have to pay for it. (Chalkbeat)
  • A big political fight is brewing over how states distribute federal funds for students from poor families. (NPRed)
  • A judge ruled this week that a Mississippi district must follow a desegregation order issued a half-century ago. (Atlantic)
  • A thorough snapshot of this year’s opt-out movement, from coast to coast. (Educated Reporter)

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