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Weekend Reads: The Obama administration’s baby steps on school integration

Jessica Glazer
  • The Obama administration seemed a likely champion of school diversity initiatives. It’s taken only baby steps. (The American Prospect)
  • Chicago parents are continuing their hunger strike over the future of Dyett High School even after the city agreed to keep the school open. (Catalyst)
  • The new head of Democrats for Education Reform is Shavar Jeffries, a Newark native who is black, like many students in the charter schools the group supports. (L.A. Times)
  • Stanford professor and former Obama advisor Linda Darling-Hammond is starting a policy think tank to tackle on-the-ground educators’ immediate questions. (Huffington Post)
  • Charter schools are often criticized for depleting school districts’ enrollment. Their toll on parochial schools might be worse. (The Atlantic)
  • The last educator convicted in Atlanta’s school cheating scandal was sentenced to a year in prison. (District Dossier)
  • The Common Core was supposed to let us compare student performance across states. That isn’t happening. (U.S. News)
  • A former teacher at a school for young adults with severe disabilities shares what he wishes people had known about his students. (Vox)
  • Teachers and grit helped a Denver-area student facing long odds make it to Yale University.(Huffington Post)
  • In an world of highly specialized magnet schools, one with a focus on “competent education” is a unique (and satirical) option. (The Onion)
  • A Danish company found that the public’s appetite for learning games doesn’t extend to slave-ship Tetris. (TakePart)
  • A former principal pens a letter with advice to her son’s kindergarten teacher. (This Week in Middle Schools)
  • The principal who turned around a Massachusetts technical high school said the key was making courses more challenging. (Hechinger Report)
  • As we move into Labor Day weekend (have a great one!), here are some resources for teaching kids about workers and their history. (Tablet)

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