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L.A. Unified takes a harder look at its charter schools. Critics blame politics 24.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Some years back, when administrators at a group of Los Angeles charter schools ordered the entire instructional staff to cheat on state standardized tests, the charter division at the Los Angeles Unified School District was at first willing to forgive what had happened and move on. 

But last week,...

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Hillary Clinton will likely be as pro-innovation as President Obama 23.10.2016 techCrunch
 Behind the less than enthusiastic embrace is a collective skepticism in the tech industry about Clinton’s pro-innovation credentials. The shade is unwarranted. Read ...
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From Pot To Guns To School Funding: Here's What's On The Ballot In Your State 22.10.2016 NPR News
Big themes on ballots this November include marijuana, elections, education, guns, tobacco, minimum wage and the death penalty.
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L.A. Unified decides fate of six charter schools; El Camino leader resigns 19.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The ongoing tug of war between pro-charter school and anti-charter forces was focused Tuesday on the Los Angeles Board of Education, which faced controversial decisions on the future of six campuses.

By the end of a sometimes contentious meeting, the school board allowed one high-profile charter...

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Huntington Park leaders voted to ban new charter schools for a year 19.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The small, densely populated city of Huntington Park is peppered with schools, about two dozen in 3 square miles. At least 10 are charters, and city leaders contend they’re bringing in unwanted traffic. 

Their solution is to try to ban new charter schools.

Huntington Park City Council members voted...

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Wisconsin has largest white-black graduation gap in nation 18.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Milwaukee • Wisconsin has the widest high school graduation rate gap between white and black students in the nation. New federal data show that almost 93 percent of white students in Wisconsin earn diplomas within four years, compared to just 64 percent of black students. State Department of Public Instruction spokesman Tom McCarthy tells Wisconsin Public Radio that closing the gap will take community efforts, since he says gaps in different parts of the state have unique circumstances. Patricia...
Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport' 18.10.2016 NPR News
Relay, an independent teacher prep program, is growing quickly thanks to its hands-on approach. Is this the future of teacher training?
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Leonid Bershidsky: Arkansas is pleased to forget Hillary Clinton 18.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Forty-one years ago, 14 people gathered in a small room on California Boulevard in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the wedding of an aspiring local politician and his law school sweetheart from up north. The bride was wearing a $53 dress bought at a local mall, the groom the same suit in which he’d been seen in TV commercials when he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress. He only owned one other suit. The bride wanted a small, private ceremony and got it. The groom favored a big reception for his man...
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The High School Graduation Reaches A Record High — Again 17.10.2016 NPR News
Students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities and English learners have all made gains.
Cheers and Jeers: Monday 17.10.2016 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Trump was here in Maine Saturday, goin’ after that one electoral vote in our second congressional district to ensure he loses by only 99 EVs instead of a hundred. The best parts of his visit: x @mikeshepherdME So it's over? That awful man and his clown car of hate have left our state? #mepolitics — Drew Gattine (@dgattine) October 15, 2016 Heads-up, Green Bay, Wisconsin: he’s in your neighborhood today. Be sure to close your windows until he’s gone or you’ll never get the stink out of your upholstery. Trust us on that. Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! ...
High school graduation rate reaches new high 17.10.2016 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- High school graduation rates have reached a record high of 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all ethnic groups, the White House said Monday....
Rankin, Pacheco-Kovelski vie for State Board of Education 17.10.2016 Durango Herald
On Nov. 8, voters in the 3rd Congressional District will select either Joyce Rankin or Christine Pacheco-Koveleski for the Colorado State Board of Education.The district covers more than 50,000 square miles and 29 of Colorado’s 64 counties, including the entire Western Slope, San Luis Valley and as far east as Pueblo. It includes...
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This week at progressive state blogs: Georgia schools vs. Black Lives Matter; #WhyWomenDontReport 16.10.2016 Daily Kos
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching.  Here  is the October 8 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. Pandora at Delaware Liberal writes— #WhyWomenDontReport : Exhibit A: A day after Jessica Leeds accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in a story reported by the New York Times, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs used his large audience on Twitter — roughly 797K followers —  to advertise the woman’s New York address and telephone number.  Exhibit B: “Take a look. You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.” – Donald Trump Exhibit ...
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Is Trump's Rise a Result of the US Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible? 14.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Henry A. Giroux returns with another in-depth analysis of our most pressing problems. America at War With Itself explores the violence at work in the US from Donald Trump's campaign to the death of Sandra Bland, and argues that only through widespread social investment in democracy and education can the common good prevail. Order your copy today by making a donation to Truthout! In his new book, scholar Henry Giroux examines America at War with Itself. From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police deaths of African Americans to hatemongering on the presidential campaign trail, Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump. Giroux is the McMaster University professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We end today's show with a look at a new book that argues America is at war with itself. From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police ...
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Massachusetts Charter School Debate Could Turn on Funding 14.10.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/The Christian Science Monitor, Ann Hermes Boston Collegiate Charter High School algebra teacher, Arielle Zern, reviews for a test with freshmen on June 16, 2014 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  In a few weeks, Massachusetts voters will weigh on whether to open more charter schools. Debate on the measure is fierce, as one might expect in a state known for its superior public education system. The pros and cons of charters have been thoroughly hashed and rehashed, but the discussion about how to pay for these new schools, should the question pass, can’t be heard above the siren song of school choice. But fiscal reality bites: The Bay State strains to finance the schools it has, much less batches of new ones. Many local leaders continue to fret about what might happen to their municipal bottom lines if the “Question 2” ballot initiative passes. And they should. The initiative proposes to allow state education officials to approve up to 12 new charters or the expansion of existing charters annually, ...
Prop. 55 feeds voter cynicism by extending a 'temporary' tax hike on the rich 22.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When politicians backpedal on their word — bait and switch and play voters for suckers — they further erode public confidence in our democratic institutions.

That provides footholds for populist demagogues such as Donald Trump. It feeds cynicism and distrust of government. And we’re indisputably...

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Here's how schools can support students' mental health 20.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved.
Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health 20.9.2016 NPR News
Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved.
Facing a deadline, this South L.A. high school hustles to boost enrollment by 3 students 17.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Four weeks into the new school year, Jose Lara, the dean of a South Los Angeles high school, approached a sagging white bungalow and shook the gate, summoning the household’s guard dog, a Chihuahua.

“Do you know where Stefani is?” he asked the woman who opened the door. She didn’t — in fact, no...

150 Utah seniors are National Merit scholarship semifinalists 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Around the state, 150 high school seniors are semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Skyline High School in the Granite School District has the most semifinalists, with 16 students eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth about $33 million. Thirteen students are from West High School in the Salt Lake City School District. Other students are from traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools and educated at home. See the embedd... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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