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Weekend Reading: A teacher's take on how teaching can help fix America goes viral

Students outside Arsenal Technical High School.
Students outside Arsenal Technical High School.
Alan Petersime
  • Have you heard about Nathan Gibbs-Bowling yet? The Washington state teacher of the year went viral this week. (Tacoma News Tribune)
  • In a blog post, Gibbs-Bowling diagnoses America’s big problem — most people just don’t care about poor people of color — and offers a solution: stronger teaching, distributed more fairly. (A Teacher’s Evolving Mind)
  • Go inside a Denver school that successfully employed joy as a tool to turn itself around. (Chalkbeat)
  • Some teacher turnover boosts student achievement, a new study of D.C.’s schools concludes. (Washington Post)
  • School choice is the new normal, and so are the challenges that come with moving away from centralized bureaucracies. (Flypaper)
  • More schools are teaching students in two languages. Get to know one of them. (Hechinger Report)
  • Looking back on the charismatic professor who argued in the early 1900s against teaching math to most kids. (The Atlantic)
  • Are Detroit’s schools in as singularly bad shape as they seem? A Nashville father sees local parallels. (Dad Gone Wild)
  • The founder of the Green Dot charter school network might run for mayor of Los Angeles. (L.A. Times)
  • An L.A. teen with immigrant parents and a teacher who treats math class like a varsity sport earned one of just 12 perfect AP Calculus scores last year. (L.A. Times)
  • Report says charter schools plan wide expansion in Ohio. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Feds make it clear if too many kids opt out of state tests there will be consequences under ESSA. (AP)
  • Pro-voucher group sues an Ohio school district for access to student lists. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Families caught sneaking their kids into selective Chicago schools with fake addresses could face lifetime bans. (Sun-Times)
  • Teachers union files suit against Detroit schools. (Detroit Free Press)

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