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Weekend Reads: A controversial campaign to teach students only the math they need

  • Andrew Hacker: The math we ask students to learn in school isn’t the math they need to be taught. The New York Times
  • Hacker’s campaign to overhaul math instruction stems from his experience working with ill-prepared college students. Slate
  • What happened to San Diego’s plan to close the racial achievement gap? It’s being implemented, to little effect. Voice of San Diego
  • The Democracy Prep charter school network rethought its parental leave policy to improve things for dads. Fast Company
  • How “sensory cells” and train maps help a New York City educator teach students with severe disabilities. Gothamist
  • Get the fascinating backstory to the 1963 school segregation protests where Bernie Sanders was arrested. Chicago Reader
  • Republicans tackled schools for the first time in their debate this week and got a lot wrong. Politics K-12
  • One big miss: Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Detroit’s mayor controls its schools. He doesn’t. MLive
  • The National PTA parent group comes out against the opt-out movement, saying it won’t fix testing. Learning First Alliance
  • Baltimore schools police chief was placed on leave after a video showed an officer hitting a student. The Baltimore Sun
  • A Silicon Valley charter school network gives students their own computers — and mentors. The Hechinger Report
  • Forget the small schools movement. Meet the Tiny Schools Project, which aims to get ed-entrepreneurs serving just 10 families. The 74 Million