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Weekend Reads: What happened when Missouri launched a modern-day school busing program

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  • This American Life goes deep into what happened when Missouri accidentally launched a desegregation program in the school district that Michael Brown attended; also check out part two of its series on integration, airing this weekend. (This American Life)
  • Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio sparred over the Common Core, the only time that education came up in this week’s primary debate. (Politics K-12)
  • A new report argues that the billions of dollars school districts spend on teacher professional education has very little payoff. (Slate)
  • A Brooklyn high school has started a summer class to train its students to be social justice activists. (New Yorker)
  • How conservatives forced the College Board to revise its Advanced Placement U.S. history course framework to place less of an emphasis on the history of racism. (Vox)
  • The importance of the presence of teachers of color to help students of color is well-documented, but diversifying the teacher workforce could have big benefits for white students, too. (The Atlantic)
  • The conservative-leaning organization that has successfully persuaded seven states to require students to pass a version of the U.S. citizenship test to graduate from high school is trying to spread his effort to more blue and purple states, too. (New Yorker)
  • Why the high school admissions process actually doesn’t work for many city students – and how it could. (Chalkbeat New York)
  • The boom in digital news has created a corresponding boom in digital outlets — including Chalkbeat! — that cover education in depth. (EdWeek)
  • Of those outlets, Chalkbeat is distinct because of its local focus. (EdWeek)

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