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Remainders: On the prenatal roots of student achievement

  • A study of city public school students found more time in the womb equaled higher test scores. (MSNBC)
  • Or maybe academic achievement is determined by three genes. Some scientists think so. (HuffPo)
  • Also, maternal second-trimester obesity is linked to lower scores. (Family Practice News via Pondiscio)
  • A historical look at the city’s 24 “turnaround” schools concludes it’s lose-lose for students. (HuffPo)
  • Researcher Jennifer Stillman responds to questions about school gentrification. (GS Community)
  • A D.C. parent describes her family’s experience with a diverse school in a gentrifying area. (Flypaper)
  • An entrepreneurship internship for middle schoolers that started in New York is spreading. (VC Dispatch)
  • New Utrecht’s principal says the city’s poverty estimate for his high school is too low. (Bensonhurst Bean)
  • A crusading Long Island principal isn’t inspired by Relay Grad School’s model lessons. (Answer Sheet)
  • A summer program trains high school graduates in the life skills they’ll need in college. (SchoolBook)
  • Sweden, which has for-profit schools, does worse on PISA than its neighbor Finland. (Diane Ravitch)
  • NEA members erupted in applause when President Obama phoned it in at their meeting. (Teacher Beat)
  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talked about the educational silver lining to Katrina. (Atlantic)
  • In his first post at his new gig, Leo Casey says the Common Core is making all teachers new. (Shanker)
  • The return of an archival research series suggests that report cards don’t always predict life. (Slate)