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What We’re Reading: Pre-K to become a federal school turnaround strategy

  • Changes to federal School Improvement Grants could make early education an official turnaround strategy. (Politics K-12)
  • Some conservatives are unhappy about changes to the AP U.S. History curriculum, and one test-taker wonders why. (Slate)
  • A small, safe, high-achieving high school in Philadelphia is somehow at a loss for students. (Notebook)
  • Durham, N.C., is severing its Teach for America contract, which brought a dozen teachers to the city. (Answer Sheet)
  • TFA’s subtle shifts raise questions about its role in the education reform ecosystem. (Vox)
  • As his son starts school, an urban education professor lists his hopes for the next 14 years. (Hechinger)
  • “It’s hard to feel like a guru,” says cultural literacy evangelist E.D. Hirsch. “I’ve been a pariah for so long.” (Politico)
  • Three maps of D.C. visualize the well-worn connection between poverty and low test scores. (Greater Greater)
  • An elegy for “Up the Down Staircase,” a classic of school stories from the 1960s that’s out of print. (New Yorker)
  • After two decades in the classroom, a Brooklyn teacher is collapsing distinctions between him and students. (Mind/Shift)
  • Chicago is increasingly assigning school librarians away from their libraries. (NPRed)
  • Most children displaced by Syria’s civil war aren’t attending school and probably never will again. (Atlantic)