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Couple invested $50 million in L.A.'s neediest kids and it made them richer 18.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Melanie Lundquist, a philanthropist from Palos Verdes Estates, stood in the hall near the principal’s office at Santee Education Complex near downtown Los Angeles.

Jaden Pitts, a 17-year-old senior from South L.A., happened to be walking by. He is a Lundquist fellow, which means he’s no slouch....

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Cellphones banned at Colorado middle school; other principals seek middle ground 17.1.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Principal Shane Voss, with the full backing of faculty, banned all cell phone use in Mountain Middle School in Durango as well on school grounds during the school day.  For the past two years, students at Mountain Middle are expected to turn off their cell phones and put them in their locker or backpack before classes begin.
L.A. Unified approves a plan to reveal more information about its schools 17.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

If you are a parent considering one of two special academic programs at Hamilton High School in Palms, you face something of a challenge: The Los Angeles school district provides no data to the public that allows for a direct comparison — even though it has this data.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education...

City charter board votes to shut down D.C.’s only all-girls public school 13.1.2018 Washington Post
City charter board votes to shut down D.C.’s only all-girls public school
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Enrollment at Colorado’s online, charter schools show biggest growth 10.1.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado’s student population grew again in 2017, but by the smallest numbers since 1989. The biggest increases were in charter and online schools.
L.A. school board keeps interim leader, prepares for superintendent search 10.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Meeting for the first time since Supt. Michelle King announced her retirement, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to name Vivian Ekchian — who has been filling in for King since October — as interim superintendent.

Board members announced the decision after a 2 ½-hour closed session.

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America's teacher shortage can't be solved by hiring more unqualified teachers 9.1.2018 Washington Post
America's teacher shortage can't be solved by hiring more unqualified teachers
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Winter weather causes school closings in D.C. region 8.1.2018 Washington Post
Winter weather causes school closings in D.C. region
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Franchising the Ivy League: How about Yale at Yreka? 8.1.2018 Washington Post
Franchising the Ivy League: How about Yale at Yreka?
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Free tampons for girls, an end to 'meal shaming' — and more in new state laws affecting schools 7.1.2018 Washington Post
Free tampons for girls, an end to 'meal shaming' — and more in new state laws affecting schools
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Inside the fight over how to address San Francisco's 'state of emergency' for black student achievement 2.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Black students in San Francisco would be better off almost anywhere else in California.

Many attend segregated schools and the majority of black, Latino and Pacific Islander students did not reach grade-level standards on the state’s recent tests in math or English tests.

A local NAACP leader called...

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How Parents and Teachers Prevented School Closings in the Wake of Hurricane Maria 1.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Officials in Puerto Rico stalled reopening schools after Hurricane Maria to drive down enrollment and continue public school shutdowns, say critics who allege the ultimate goal was to privatize the public education system. A campaign of popular resistance has so far been able to deter possible school closures. Joan Rodriguez teaches English class to her 6th grade students at the Sotero Figueroa Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 6, 2017. The school reopened its doors without electricity to receive students 46 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island. (Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images) Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. When Nilda Sánchez and her children ventured outside after Hurricane Maria waged a direct hit on Puerto Rico, aluminum road signs were crumpled by the highway near their house and trees crisscrossed each other like slain animals in the street. ...
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Is D.C.’s ‘80/20’ attendance rule unfair to students? 30.12.2017 Washington Post
Is D.C.’s ‘80/20’ attendance rule unfair to students?
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After violence hit his hometown, Chris Long asked, ‘Why not help?’ 30.12.2017 Washington Post
The Philadelphia Eagles player and son of Hall of Famer Howie Long grew up wanting for nothing and wanted to use his advantages to lift others. Amid an uproar over player protests this season, Long expressed his views and put his money behind his words — donating his entire 2017 salary to charity.
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Are California's public schools failing their students on literacy? 26.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The song “School Days” famously encapsulated primary education as “reading and ’riting and ’rithmetic” 110 years ago, acknowledging a widely understood truth about public schools: literacy is one of the most important, if not the most important, skill that they should impart to students. In fact,...

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Modi can't ignore why the youth are angry 25.12.2017 Rediff: Columns
'So far the youth were Modi's strength.'
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As poverty rises, one Maryland school system tries a longer school year 24.12.2017 Washington Post
As poverty rises, one Maryland school system tries a longer school year
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Trump Embodies the Crisis of Capitalism: A Conversation With Naomi Klein 22.12.2017 Truthout.com
President Donald Trump talks with journalists after signing tax reform legislation into law in the Oval Office December 22, 2017, in Washington, DC.  The lines between politics and branding have been blurred -- not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. Naomi Klein says we need a plan of action to resist this commodification of politics and the opportunism that follows every climate catastrophe. President Donald Trump talks with journalists after signing tax reform legislation into law in the Oval Office December 22, 2017, in Washington, DC.  How did we get to the Trump presidency and the current political moment? How might things get worse and what can we do to build an alternative? In her new book, Naomi Klein offers what she describes as "a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future." Arundhati Roy calls No Is Not Enough "an ordinary person's guide to hope." Order your copy ...
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GOP Bill Could Make It Harder for Colleges to Crack Down on Sexual Assault 21.12.2017 Mother Jones
A landmark Republican higher education bill would not only rescind programs that help make college affordable—it also seeks to reform of campus culture in ways that could restrict schools’ ability to govern campus speech and address allegations of sexual assault. The most striking provisions take aim at Title IX, the law that protects students from gender-based discrimination and […]
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Many Colorado high schools fail to get grads to top tier colleges 20.12.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Some high schools in Colorado do a lot better job of getting their graduates to a nationally-ranked college than others, and in many instances, it doesn't matter if the students come from well-off, minority and small-town families, according to A+ Colorado.
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