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Weekend Reads: Echoes of history in Nashville, where post-busing educational inequality still reigns

  • The pressing questions that face Nashville, and especially its schools, in 2015 are strikingly similar to the ones faced by the city in the early 1970s as students began to be bused to achieve racial desegregation. Nashville Scene
  • Here’s a video recap of the discussion at the New Hampshire education summit for GOP presidential candidates hosted by Campbell Brown. The 74 Million
  • The candidates talked a lot about school choice but said very little about issues of race, class and poverty. Slate
  • New research suggests that, even when they’re well-intentioned, “colorblind” social norms hurt black and Latino kids because race is salient to their identities. Science of Us
  • And another new study suggests that non-black teachers have lower expectations for their black students to succeed, which is a problem since teacher expectations can be self-fulfilling prophecies. Vox
  • In some school districts and reservations, officials are becoming increasingly convinced that hiring more American Indian teachers will help their struggling students succeed. Slate
  • After Chalkbeat Indiana reports that the state was excluding undocumented students from preschool, U.S. Education Secretary weighs in against the policy. Chalkbeat Indiana
  • A Teach for America alum calls the organization’s approach a “bait and switch,” arguing the approach capitalizes on young teachers’ idealism and then tells them they are making excuses when they struggle. Alternet
  • Dale Russakoff’s forthcoming must-read book “The Prize,” about the rise and fall of reform efforts in Newark, gets a rave review from Alex Kotlowitz. The New York Times
  • For the first time, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is advising educators to start middle and high schools later in the mornings because of research showing the time switch’s benefits. The Atlantic
  • But as the story of a time shift proposal in Denver shows, moving start times back is a policy easier said than done. Chalkbeat Colorado
  • Here’s maybe the only time Diane Ravitch will give Michelle Rhee a professional recommendation. Twitter

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