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Weekend Reads: Seattle teachers’ strike the latest dramatic development in Washington state

Alan Petersime
  • A teachers’ strike delays the start of the school year in Seattle after contract negotiations break down over issues of teacher pay and staffing. District officials say they have no plans to force teachers back into classrooms through legal options and are hoping instead for a swift resolution. The Seattle Times, The New York Times
  • The Washington Supreme Court rules that charter schools are not public schools because their boards are not accountable to voters. Now the state’s nine existing charters are trying to raise money to stay open and begin a lobbying movement for a state constitutional change. The Seattle Times
  • A dozen Chicago parents and activists are nearing almost a month of their hunger strike to determine the fate of Dyett High School. One protester explains why the district’s proposal to reopen the school as an arts program isn’t good enough. The Takeaway
  • The California drought is taking a quiet but devastating toll on many of the state’s school districts, which are seeing students (and funding) dry up as the families of farm laborers leave in search of work. The Atlantic
  • For the principal of a high-poverty middle school in Oakland, Calif., finding teachers willing to put in long, taxing hours for the low salary he can offer is an exhausting annual ordeal. The Hechinger Report
  • Four teachers explain how their work has changed because of the Common Core standards. Slate
  • Teachers are taking advantage of the sharing economy to buy and sell lesson plans and other classroom tools. The New York Times
  • A look inside the three-year journey of starting the International Charter School of New York, which just opened in downtown Brooklyn. The New York Times
  • The New York City school buildings designed by C.B.J. Snyder remain impressive. Brownstoner
  • As Professor Pedro Noguera departs for Los Angeles, Jose Vilson explains his impact on conversations of race and education in New York City. Jose Vilson
  • Cure the kindergarten jitters with this school advice from much older and wiser second-graders. WBEZ
  • When an outsider superintendent arrived to shake up a failing public school system in Newark, N.J., she discovered that disrupting even a totally broken status quo can have harmful consequences. Read an excerpt from Dale Russakoff’s new book on Newark public schools and enter to win a copy. Chalkbeat

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