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Weekend Education Reads: 11 Important Stories on Schools, Students, and Policy You May Have Missed This Week

April 19, 2017

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Your weekend education reads: 11 key stories on schools, students & policy you may have missed #edchat

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It was a busy news week: We talked with Colin Powell about where school equity fits into the 20th anniversary of his America’s Promise Alliance; we covered the pending court case in Florida that pits the state against parents outraged that their children must pass a year-end test to advance to fourth grade; and Carolyn Phenicie was at the Supreme Court Wednesday for the arguments in a noteworthy case about a Missouri church’s preschool, a state-funded playground program, and a constitutional question of public money going to religious operations. (As Carolyn reports, the justices seem poised to side with the church.)
Here are a few other interesting articles we’ve been reading this week, that you might have missed amid the breaking headlines:
‘Redshirting’ Your Kid in Kindergarten May Do More Harm Than Good Education Next (Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Stephanie Howard Larson)
Tech Is Dominating Efforts to Educate Syrian Refugees NPR (Anya Kamenetz)
Illinois High School May Change Racial Education Options Chicago Tribune (Kathy Routliffe)
Are We Personalizing Learning for the Students Who Need It Most? Center for Reinventing Public Education (Robin Lake)
Sub Shortage Leaves Schools Scrambling When Teachers Call In Sick The Hechinger Report (Tara García Mathewson)
Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?The Atlantic (Tom Clynes)
Instead of Debating Charters vs. Public Schools, Focus on Educating Kids Los Angeles Daily News Commentary (Dan Katzir and Marcia Aaron)
First Protected DREAMer Is Deported Under Trump USA Today (Alan Gomez and David Agren)
Meet the Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Who Took On Their School District and Won BuzzFeed (Tyler Kingkade)
Chicago, the City of Weak Shoulders and ‘I Can’t’ RealClearPolitics Commentary (Dennis Byrne)
’90s Education Is So Hot Right Now Entertainment Weekly (Marc Snetiker)