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Weekend Reads: A tale of two college admissions experiences

Laura Johnson works on a computer between classes at Florence High School. She's working overtime to boost her grades in hopes colleges won't notice the gap in her transcript from her months at GOAL Academy.
  • Two new studies suggest that segregating students by ability is good for black and Latino students in elite classes. (The Atlantic)
  • Dire warnings about increasing autism rates might be off-base: The CDC says the diagnosis rate might be plateauing. (Stat)
  • Two Texas high schools, separated by just 10 miles, epitomize the inequities that underlie the college admissions process. (Texas Tribune)
  • A suburban high school student says he’s really stressed out by the pressure to succeed. (Vox)
  • Rapper Diddy isn’t the only celebrity involved with charter schools. Will Smith, Andre Agassi, and others are, too. (Marketplace)
  • StudentsFirst, the once hard-charging advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, is downsizing and merging with another group. (L.A. Times)
  • A Philadelphia charter school offers another view into the evolution of the “no excuses” approach. (Hechinger Report)
  • No fooling: Chicago teachers were on strike Friday to protest changes to how they are paid. (Catalyst)
  • A consulting firm promises to deliver diverse teaching candidates — for a steep price. (NPRed)
  • Shirley Hufstedler, who became the first U.S. Secretary of Education in 1979, died this week at 90. (New York Times)

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Weekend Reads: ‘Love and love hard,’ a KIPP Tulsa teacher tells us all

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  • 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

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  • 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)