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Weekend Reads: How one Baltimore school made it through a trying week

P.S. 2 parents and students lined up along the metal fence outside the school Thursday morning.
P.S. 2 parents and students at an anti-testing rally this spring.
Patrick Wall
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  • One West Baltimore principal is helping her middle and high school students come to terms with what’s happening in the city following Freddie Gray’s death. (NPR)
  • Teaching social justice in the classroom means both exposing the truth of why economic disparities exist and empowering students to act. (Young Teachers Collective)
  • Will the first lady of New York City be able to stem the tide of school mental-heath clinic closures, which have shrunk the number of facilities from 300 to 200 in recent years? (NY1)
  • The co-location fight revealing divisions among Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staunch allies on education policy. (Chalkbeat)
  • New federal data show that, contrary to many assumptions, most new teachers are staying on the job for at least five years. (The Atlantic)
  • What LGBT students and their parents have learned about what it’s like to come out as gay in elementary school. (Buzzfeed)
  • A survey of states that have adopted the Common Core suggests that the stakes attached to the results of this spring’s round of standardized testing aren’t very high. (Hechinger Report)
  • While low-income and minority students have started to demonstrate better knowledge of U.S. civics and history, overall student understanding of the topics continues to be far from sufficient. (The Atlantic)
  • An Atlanta judge reduced the sentences of three educators found guilty of racketeering associated with cheating on tests from seven years to three, saying he wasn’t comfortable with his initial harsh sentence. (CNN)
  • As National Poetry Month ends, here’s Studio 360’s favorite poem, from a New York City public school student. (Studio 360)

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