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Remainders: Another answer to the perennial Finnish question

  • Finnish teachers seem to relish the challenge of reaching hard-to-educate students. (Smithsonian)
  • A principal compares his suburban school to Jamaica HS, where he once worked. (Answer Sheet)
  • On “Book TV,” Steven Brill and Diane Ravitch debated disclosures and education issues. (C-SPAN)
  • A longtime teacher meticulously fact-checks Brill’s book, through page 200 so far. (Gary Rubinstein 1, 2)
  • The New York Times and WNYC are launching a new site about the city’s schools. (SchoolBook)
  • The new site will not live behind the Times paywall to facilitate “two-way” readership. (Nieman Lab)
  • An argument that even if cheating was widespread, that’s still not a reason to cut tests. (Rick Hess)
  • Are schools in Rick Perry’s state, Texas, really as bad as Arne Duncan said? Yes and no. (Politics K-12)
  • A guide for teachers taking their first steps into facilitating student-centered learning. (Mrs. Ripp)
  • Philadelphia is paying its embattled superintendent, Arlene Ackerman, $905,000 to resign. (Inquirer)
  • A look back at Ackerman’s three superintendency, which was full of personality clashes. (Notebook)
  • Three fired principals are suing New Orleans over its charter school saturation. (Courthouse News)