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Weekend Reads: Inside a Newark high school whose high-profile principal left suddenly

  • A Chicago-area middle school student’s graduation speech parodying every presidential candidate has gone viral. (ABC13)
  • Charter schools turn 25 this year. Here’s where the growing and diverse sector of publicly funded but privately managed schools stands. (EdWeek)
  • A new study found that teen birth rates rose in the 1990s at schools that handed out condoms but didn’t teach students about safe sex. (Slate)
  • Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones reflects on — and readers respond to — her story about her own family’s place in New York City’s segregated school landscape. (New York Times)
  • “The Turnaround Principal” left Shabazz High School in Newark abruptly, and now his replacement is winning fans. (Hechinger Report)
  • Could a key to making school quality sustainable be shared leadership? These co-principals think so. (Chalkbeat)
  • A new report concludes that Gates Foundation-funded efforts to improve teaching in Hillsborough County, Fla., could be paying off, just slowly — kind of like in Memphis. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In the wake of the devastating shooting in Orlando, here are some unfortunately familiar tips for talking to children about tragedy. (Answer Sheet)
  • A cognitive scientist weighs in on the “grit” debate, saying it’s one of many important traits for students to develop. (AFT)
  • An effort is underway to expand the idea of “inclusion” for young adults with disabilities to the workplace. (The Atlantic)
  • D.C. parents will commute nearly seven miles daily to get their kids into better schools, according to a new study. (Mathematica)