Weekend Reads

Weekend Reading: Why higher pay might not translate to more teachers

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  • One likely beneficiary of Supreme Court Antonin Scalia’s death: teachers unions, whose mandatory dues Scalia had signaled he would rule against. (TIME)
  • Could an investigation by the state lead to a takeover of Chicago schools? (Sun-Times)
  • California may have to release millions of student records — including social security numbers — to lawyers suing on behalf of a parent group. (Mercury News)
  • A football crazy Texas town just broke ground for a $61 million stadium, the most expensive ever built for a high school. (USA Today)
  • Pennsylvania’s top court rules a school reform commission can no longer suspend state laws, affecting charter and district schools. (The Notebook)
  • A Chicago Public Schools parent explains why she has decided to “break up” with the district despite her love of living in the city. (Sun-Times)
  • Kentucky’s legislature makes a move toward dumping Common Core standards. (Herald-Leader)
  • The governor’s new budget calls for $18 million in education cuts for Kentucky. (WDBR)
  • Ohio auditor ridicules Columbus plan to “punish” data-rigging principals by giving them the summer off. (Dispatch)
  • Bail out plan for Detroit schools includes limits on teachers unions and letter grades for schools. (AP)
  • John King is the first former principal to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. Few of his predecessors even taught. (Politics K-12)
  • Three students tasked with improving their low-performing school say academic tracking is one impediment. (Chalkbeat)
  • Virtual teacher coaching could be a lower-cost, higher-impact way to improve instruction. (Hechinger Report)
  • D.C.’s teacher of the year says he never had a great teacher of his own. (Washington Post)
  • Testing flexibility in the new federal education law doesn’t reduce the pressure that teachers face, according to someone who works with many of them. (Chalkbeat)
  • How schools get segregated and why it matters, by the founder of a racially isolated New York City school. (Vox)
  • The politics around Baltimore’s unique charter sector could put mayoral candidate Deray Mckesson in a bind. (Slate)
  • Get to know the Noble charter school network, Chicago’s largest — and most controversial. (Catalyst)
  • An uncoordinated background check system means that teachers disciplined in one state can get jobs in others. (USA Today)
  • Raising salaries is a common suggestion for solving teacher shortages. But it probably won’t work. (The Atlantic)
  • What fourth graders did after they learned about the water crisis in Flint, Mich. (Pedagogy of the Reformed)
  • To end Tennessee’s testing crisis, an informed father writes, the state needs to strip the stakes from the scores. (Dad Gone Wild)

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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)