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Weekend Reading: Are the problems in Kentucky's education system really costing the state $1 billion a year?

  • Study says Kentucky’s education gap costs the state nearly $1 billion each year. (Louisville Business First)
  • Lead poisoning is a huge problem holding back the performance of children in Cleveland schools. (Plain Dealer)
  • Ohio educators expect this year’s state test to go better after confusion and glitches last year. (Canton Repository)
  • Exclusive Cincinnati public high school has exploded by nearly 1,000 students in 10 years. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Illinois state education department leaders cash out big time when they leave their jobs. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Linda Lenz: After covering education in Chicago for 25 years at Catalyst, the big issues have hardly changed. (Catalyst)
  • A voucher-like program directing aid to parents who want their kids to attend private schools is in the works in the Illinois legislature. (WBEZ)
  • Detroit ranks worst in reading and math among big cities on NAEP for the fourth straight time. (Detroit News)
  • Ohio director of Michelle Rhee-founded StudentsFirst fired for suggesting Detroit convert all schools into charter schools. (Detroit News)
  • Here’s the newspaper column that got Greg Harris fired: Think outside the box in reforming DPS. (Detroit News)
  • A coalition of educators tells Deray McKesson, the Teach For America alum at the fore of the Black Lives Matter movement, that TFA undermines equity. (Jacobin Mag)
  • Charles Cole: Are we really having this Teach For America conversation again? (Citizen Ed)
  • Sal Kahn and the tech elite’s quest to reinvent school in its own image. (Wired)
  • Two teachers who aren’t working for their unions have started a political action committee of teachers who support Hillary Clinton for president. (L.A. Times)
  • Many sharp tensions in Denver’s school board race can be traced to evolving definitions of “neighborhood school.” (Chalkbeat)
  • Here’s the evidence that white children benefit from attending integrated schools. (NPR)
  • What we know and what we don’t about Spring Valley High School, the South Carolina school where a police officer was videotaped tackling a student at her desk. (Kicker)
  • A teacher argues that the best way to prevent incidents like the one in Spring Valley is to lead with love every day. (Jose Vilson)
  • The incident was an extreme example of South Carolina’s otherwise dismal record on school discipline. (The Atlantic)
  • Roxane Gay: Spring Valley is yet more proof that black children are not safe anywhere in America. (New York Times)
  • A defender of good standardized tests says the Obama administration’s call for less testing has downsides. (Grand Rounds)
  • People pretty much saw what they wanted to in the country’s first-ever decline in NAEP scores. (Answer Sheet)
  • Is it fair to connect the country’s collective NAEP stumble to the introduction of the Common Core? It’s hard to say. (Hechinger Report)
  • Mysteriously, Hillsborough County, Fla., which New York’s education chief used to lead, drove Florida’s outsized losses. (Jay Greene)
  • Parents in China pay 35 times the regular school tuition to get their children Common Core-aligned, American-style instruction. (New York Times)
  • New York City’s lightning-rod charter operator Eva Moskowitz is under fire over reports that one of her schools maintained a “Got to Go” list of disruptive students. (Chalkbeat)
  • In rebutting criticism of her schools, Eva Moskowitz released a 10-year-old’s disciplinary record, potentially violating federal privacy laws. (Slate)
  • The hottest show on Broadway, “Hamilton,” will soon get an audience of 20,000 schoolchildren. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Happy Halloween! Follow #eduween for some not-so-scary surprises.

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