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Weekend Reads: The Obama administration’s baby steps on school integration

Valor Collegiate Academy in Nashville has tried to achieve rare racial diversity among its students.
Valor Collegiate Academy in Nashville has tried to achieve rare racial diversity among its students.
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  • The Obama administration seemed a likely champion of school diversity initiatives. It’s taken only baby steps. (The American Prospect)
  • In New York City, a dozen principals say they know how keep their schools diverse, but the city isn’t letting them. (Chalkbeat)
  • Chicago parents are continuing their hunger strike over the future of Dyett High School even after the city agreed to keep the school open. (Catalyst)
  • The new head of Democrats for Education Reform is Shavar Jeffries, a Newark native who is black, like many students in the charter schools the group supports. (L.A. Times)
  • Stanford professor and former Obama advisor Linda Darling-Hammond is starting a policy think tank to tackle on-the-ground educators’ immediate questions. (Huffington Post)
  • Charter schools are often criticized for depleting school districts’ enrollment. Their toll on parochial schools might be worse. (The Atlantic)
  • The last educator convicted in Atlanta’s school cheating scandal was sentenced to a year in prison. (District Dossier)
  • The Common Core was supposed to let us compare student performance across states. That isn’t happening. (U.S. News)
  • A former teacher at a school for young adults with severe disabilities shares what he wishes people had known about his students. (Vox)
  • Teachers and grit helped a Denver-area student facing long odds make it to Yale University.
    (Huffington Post)
  • In an world of highly specialized magnet schools, one with a focus on “competent education” is a unique (and satirical) option. (The Onion)
  • A Danish company found that the public’s appetite for learning games doesn’t extend to slave-ship Tetris. (TakePart)
  • A former principal pens a letter with advice to her son’s kindergarten teacher. (This Week in Middle Schools)
  • The principal who turned around a Massachusetts technical high school said the key was making courses more challenging. (Hechinger Report)
  • As we move into Labor Day weekend (have a great one!), here are some resources for teaching kids about workers and their history. (Tablet)

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