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Weekend Reading: How criminal justice reform mirrors the education reform debate

  • The current conversation around criminal justice reform has strong parallels to the evolution of the education reform debate. (Marshall Project)
  • Math anxiety among teachers is one force inhibiting instructional change. Here’s how two city schools tackled the challenge. (InsideSchools)
  • Many schools place students who arrive with limited English skills in separate language-learner classes, but that might not be the best strategy to prepare those students for academic success. (Voices of San Diego)
  • A new study finds that, bucking conventional wisdom, racial, ethnic and language-minority students were less likely than white English speakers to receive special education services from kindergarten to eighth grade. (Educational Researcher)
  • Amplify, NewsCorps’ education arm run by former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein, will stop selling the tablets that were a central part of its original plan to transform education through technology. (Bloomberg)
  • A call to align the education reform movement more closely with other activist movements to improve the lives of people of color. (Second Line Education Blog)
  • A study finds that news outlets rarely incorporate peer-reviewed research into their reports on education. (PACE)
  • Two recent news stories on Common Core testing underscore the tradeoffs that educators must make in the realm of testing. (Morgan Polikoff)
  • Teachers in Biloxi, Miss., are spending the summer transforming a block of old, unused library into a massive literary art project. (WLOX)
  • Robert Pondiscio argues that, in light of the attention now on the more than 200 schools named after Confederate leaders, schools should make an effort to teach their students the good, the bad and the ugly about their schools’ namesakes. (U.S. News and World Report)

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