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Weekend Reading: Michigan and Illinois among 8 states awarded millions in charter school grants

The number of charter schools in Indiana will reach 100 this fall.
The number of charter schools in Indiana will reach 100 this fall.
Alan Petersime
  • Even after its charter school scandal, Ohio got a $71 million federal grant aimed at starting new charter schools. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Illinois also was one of the eight states that got the federal charter school grants. It got $41 million. (WAND)
  • Chicago revised four years of graduation rates downwards after an investigation revealed that the rates were inflated. (WBEZ)
  • Is the momentum to help Detroit schools deflating? (Detroit News)
  • Before resigning today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged the country earlier this week to redirect its spending on prisons toward paying teachers more instead. (Politics K-12)
  • As in many places, D.C. is increasing Advanced Placement courses in its schools, but students aren’t keeping pace. (Greater Greater Ed)
  • Aggressive lobbying has kept schools spending big on graphing calculators that are less powerful than the average smart phone. (Mic)
  • An update on the state of education reporting finds lots of promise in Chalkbeat’s model. (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit engineered by StudentsFirst that sought to limit teachers unions’ ability to spend on political action. (L.A. Times)
  • The father of a New York City student murdered in a housing project is working to steer young adults away from violence. (New Yorker)
  • After years of smaller-is-better initiatives, efforts to improve high schools are no longer focusing on size. (Hechinger Report)
  • A Florida county that started screening all students to identify those who are gifted found many gifted non-white students who previously had not been identified as such. (Washington Post)
  • A teacher notes that the same type of parents who opt their children out of tests also use the scores as arguments against integration. (Critical Classrooms)
  • The latest update on Finland’s superior schools: Children decide what they learn in kindergarten. (The Atlantic)

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