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What We're Reading: "Reading Rainbow" comeback bid draws fire

  • A comeback campaign for canceled public television classic “Reading Rainbow” raised more than $2.5 million. (Kickstarter)
  • But the new version would be a for-profit company that doesn’t tackle some steep literacy challenges. (The Intersect)
  • A city teacher says he voted against the UFT contract because it doesn’t challenge teacher evals. (Pedagogy of the Reformed)
  • Finland’s high-performing schools don’t put much of an emphasis on technology education, at all. (Politico)
  • In a lawsuit, California’s ACLU charges that the state gives less learning time to its highest-need students. (nprEd)
  • Is what school districts mean when they say “community engagement” really “how to talk to black folk”? (Hechinger)
  • President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative includes a focus on third-grade reading scores. (Curriculum Matters)
  • Mark Zuckerberg explains why he and his wife are giving $120 million to Bay Area schools, years after giving almost that much to Newark’s. (Bay Area News Group)
  • A teacher who recently made the snap decision to read alongside her students was happy with what happened next. (On the Shoulders of Giants)
  • A Denver school ended its year by mourning Maya Angelou, whose poetry described its year. (Chalkbeat CO)
  • Can you spell as well as the two middle schoolers who co-won this year’s national bee? Find out. (Vulture)

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