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Weekend Reads: Leadership change at the U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and then-New York State schools chief John King in 2012.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and then-New York State schools chief John King in 2012.
  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down at the end of the year; John King, who used to run New York’s schools, will take over. Chalkbeat
  • This week, Duncan urged the country to redirect its prison spending toward paying teachers more. Politics K-12
  • A landmark study finds that the benefits of Tennessee’s expanded pre-kindergarten program fade over time — and might even negatively affect participants in the long term. Chalkbeat
  • Chicago revises four years of graduation rates downwards after an investigation reveals that the rates were inflated. WBEZ
  • As in many places, D.C. is increasing Advanced Placement courses in its schools, but students aren’t keeping pace. Greater Greater Ed
  • A Memphis teacher offers his local education policy predictions as he announces a break from blogging. Bluff City Ed
  • Aggressive lobbying has kept schools spending big on graphing calculators that are less powerful than the average smart phone. Mic
  • An update on the state of education reporting finds lots of promise in Chalkbeat’s model. Columbia Journalism Review
  • A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit engineered by StudentsFirst that sought to limit teachers unions’ ability to spend on political action. The Los Angeles Times
  • The father of a New York City student murdered in a housing project is working to steer young adults away from violence. The New Yorker
  • After years of smaller-is-better initiatives, efforts to improve high schools are no longer focusing on size. The Hechinger Report
  • A Florida county that started screening all students for giftedness finds it among non-white students who previously had not been identified as gifted. The Washington Post
  • A teacher notes that the same type of parents who opt their children out of tests also use the scores as arguments against integration. Critical Classrooms
  • The latest update on Finland’s superior schools: Children decide what they learn in kindergarten. The Atlantic

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