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Weekend Reading: Five ideas for teachers ready to throw in the towel

  • A teacher-mentor has five ideas for teachers ready to throw in the towel. Edutopia
  • In most states, black and Hispanic students and students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to the criminal justice system. Virginia, where an 11-year-old autistic boy who struggled with a police officer was found guilty of felony assault this month, has the highest referral rate. Tennessee ranks 35th. The Center for Public Integrity
  • At one of New Orleans’ “second-chance schools,” teachers fight to reach the students who have been nudged out of or expelled from other charter schools. NPR
  • The head of Chicago’s schools is taking a leave of absence as federal officials investigate a no-bid contract awarded to a company the schools chief once worked for. The Chicago Tribune
  • Undocumented students offer a different perspective and bring a strong work ethic to their classrooms and school communities, a teacher says. The Atlantic
  • How computer science could and should be woven into all sorts of classes, according to some educators. The Hechinger Report
  • A comprehensive look at the research on blended learning shows little definitive evidence that it works (or that it doesn’t). Ed Week
  • Parents of students at Success Academy charter schools in New York City share their experiences following the Times’ feature on the network last week. The New York Times
  • Commentary: “Opting out students stands as a powerful rebuke of the idea that standardized tests should be the primary determinant as to whether a school stays open or not.” Jose Vilson
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