Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads: The three big strategies driving rising U.S. graduation rates

  • With high school graduation rates rising steadily since 2002, a team of reporters go deep on the strategies schools have been using to drive that increase. NPR Ed
  • The national movement to extend the school day with after-school programs prompts school districts and community organizations to share data and strategies in new ways. EdWeek
  • One in four young black people are neither in school nor employed in nine U.S. cities featured in a new report. The Atlantic
  • Students petition the College Board to let them retake the SAT for free after an error caused scores from one test section to be thrown out. Answer Sheet
  • Here’s what test-taking looks like in Baltimore, India, Pakistan, South Korea and more places around the world. The Atlantic
  • And in China, officials are using drones to identify students who cheat on the country’s college entrance examination. CBS News
  • Renovations at an Oklahoma school uncover 100-year-old chalkboard drawings. NewsOK
  • A fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute takes a deep look at changes that have reshaped New Orleans schools since Hurricane Katrina. Washington Monthly
  • Michael Petrilli used a linguistic algorithm to analyze the tweets of prominent education policy officials, teachers and writers and found a lot of upbeat, analytic people. Education Next
  • Even though college tuition in Norway is free, the children of parents without a college degree are just as unlikely to attend as American children of parents who didn’t go. The Hechinger Report
  • The Mexican government reinstates its new teacher evaluation plan after the country’s June 7 elections, which the teachers union had threatened to disrupt, were carried out smoothly. EdWeek
  • Don’t miss WNYC’s series on a transgender third-grader attending a Brooklyn public school. SchoolBook
  • The New York teenager who spent more three years on Riker’s Island, much of it in solitary confinement and waiting on a trial that never happened, commits suicide in the wake of his post-release struggles to return to school and society. The New Yorker

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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

PHOTO: Alan Petersime
  • 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)