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Weekend Reading: Jailing teenagers for truancy and teachers for cheating

Alan Petersime
  • More than a thousand teenagers in Texas have been jailed for failure to follow court orders around truancy charges, effectively ending their education because of a measure meant to protect it. Buzzfeed
  • Nicholas Kristof suggests that education reformers refocus their efforts around early childhood measures. The New York Times
  • Schools’ approaches to technology often assume that students understand more about how tech shapes their lives than they actually do, and the result is large holes in their education. The Atlantic
  • In an eight-part series, Chalkbeat dives deep into how an influx of English learners into Indiana schools is re-shaping education efforts there. Chalkbeat Indiana
  • In an excerpt from his new book on games, reporter Greg Toppo profiles a popular app that teaches algebraic concepts through play. The Hechinger Report
  • Anti-testing advocates are fighting against policies that require students who opt out of exams to sit quietly and do nothing. The New York Times
  • The release of the second in the Divergent series of young adult movies inspires one writer to call for less “with us or against us” thinking in education policy debates. U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the early supporters of value-added teacher evaluation models outlines what other states can learn from New York’s new revisions to its model. Brookings
  • Television comic John Stewart points out that Atlanta’s cheating teachers got jail while Wall Street executives who nearly brought down the nation’s financial system still walk the streets. The Daily Show

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