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Weekend Reads: Is the era of the aggressive state ed chief over?

State Education Commissioner John King and Chancellor Carmen Fariña sign an agreement on goals to raise outcomes for English language learners.
State Education Commissioner John King and Chancellor Carmen Fariña sign an agreement on goals to raise outcomes for English language learners.
  • An observer sees the beginnings of “homeostasis” in the exits of schools chiefs in New York and Tennessee. (Flypaper)
  • Students are going on fewer field trips than ever, to the detriment of their learning. (Educated Reporter)
  • A data-driven take on class-size reduction concludes that the value might not be worth the cost. (FiveThirtyEight)
  • To celebrate a teaching prize, a mother writes about the music teacher that changed her son’s life. (TNTP)
  • Across the country, school districts are holding fewer students back. (Inside School Research)
  • Montgomery County, Maryland, is taking aggressive steps to employ more teachers of color. (Teacher Beat)
  • A “Jeopardy!” category during Kids’ Week poked fun at Common Core math — and stumped contestants. (Ed & the Media)
  • Research and common sense say focusing on four-year-olds won’t solve the early childhood learning gap. (Atlantic)
  • Here’s what you need to know about the health implications of Congress’s school lunch funding plans. (Vox)

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