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What We’re Reading: The New York City charter school wars, explained

  • Education reporters gave a useful audio explainer on the issues behind the this week’s headlines about charter schools. (WNYC)
  • A high school teacher gives one reason why charter school rallies will out-number other those held by other education groups. (Ravitch)
  • Why the media is making way too big of a deal out of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to reverse some charter school co-locations. (The Nation)
  • Nominate schools now for a $25,000 award for developing and keeping strong teachers. (Teaching Matters)
  • New York legislators appear to be favoring a tax credit that would help taxpayers fund private school vouchers. (Flypaper)
  • The AFT has launched an online “one-stop shop for the facts about for-profit education in America.” (AFT: Cashing in on Kids)
  • The tougher new GED has test-takers worried that they no longer are up to standards. (City Limits)
  • A new study of national data found that the youngest kindergarteners are the most likely to be held back. (MU News)
  • A teacher says she forgot how to teach during her three-month maternity leave. (Charting My Own Course)
  • A Minnesota student says her school’s inflexible fire-drill policies caused her to get frostbite during a recent one. (WCCO)
  • An arts advocate says he is hopeful that the current moment will begin a new era for arts education in New York City. (ArtsUSA)
  • A satirical take on the new SAT notes that tweaks can’t undo a lifetime “without proper educational resources.” (The Onion)
  • An argument for students to learn the esoteric vocabulary words that the new SAT won’t require (Flypaper)
  • Listen: People in the ed tech space say today’s political fights have nothing on the challenges that lay ahead. (Dropout Nation)
  • StudentsFirst competes with teachers unions in political spending, but pales in comparison when it comes to dollars spent. (Center for Public Integrity)