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Weekend Reading: Are the billions spent on teacher training being wasted?

Scott Elliott
  • A new report argues that the billions of dollars school districts spend on teacher professional education has very little payoff. (Slate)
  • Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio sparred over the Common Core, the only time that education came up in this week’s primary debate. (Politics K-12)
  • This American Life goes deep into what happened when Missouri accidentally launched a desegregation program in the school district that Michael Brown attended; also check out part two of its series on integration, airing this weekend. (This American Life)
  • As McGraw-Hill leaves state testing, market for classroom assessments thrives. (EdWeek)
  • When wealthy parents in Houston choose schools, it seems race trumps test scores. (Urban Edge Blog)
  • Pushing students into Advanced Placement courses doesn’t help anyone. (The Conversation)
  • A Brooklyn high school has started a summer class to train its students to be social justice activists. (New Yorker)
  • How conservatives forced the College Board to revise its Advanced Placement U.S. history course framework to place less of an emphasis on the history of racism. (Vox)
  • The importance of the presence of teachers of color to help students of color is well-documented, but diversifying the teacher workforce could have big benefits for white students, too. (The Atlantic)
  • The conservative-leaning organization that has successfully persuaded seven states to require students to pass a version of the U.S. citizenship test to graduate from high school is trying to spread his effort to more blue and purple states, too. (New Yorker)
  • Ohio charter school scandal mushrooms as education leaders call for an investigation of the state superintendent (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Kentucky begins search to replace retiring its state superintendent. (WDRB)
  • Detroit school board members file a federal civil rights complaint against state overseers. (Detroit Free Press)
  • Top Chicago principals given freedom to run their schools without district monitoring. (Chicago Tribune)
  • An open letter to union leadership: It’s time to evolve. (Huffington Post)
  • The boom in digital news has created a corresponding boom in digital outlets — including Chalkbeat! — that cover education in depth. (EdWeek)
  • Of those outlets, Chalkbeat is distinct because of its local focus. (EdWeek)

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