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Weekend Reads: The ‘no excuses’ discipline debate flares up in Boston

Indianapolis Public Schools students line up at CFI 27.
Indianapolis Public Schools students line up at CFI 27.
Alan Petersime
  • A Boston charter school that suspended students 325 times last year is a flashpoint in the debate over “no excuses” discipline. (WBUR)
  • Those suspensions took place in the context of a challenging turnaround effort, the school’s CEO wrote in a public letter. (UP Education)
  • ICYMI: Here’s basically everything you need to know about the discipline debate. (Chalkbeat)
  • San Francisco is overhauling its curriculum to make sure it serves the city’s many students with incarcerated parents. (S.F. Examiner)
  • How one white, veteran teacher improved his connection with his South Los Angeles students after they called him out for not being relatable. (Washington Post)
  • San Antonio has 15 independent school districts. More than half are participating in a shared pre-K program. (The Atlantic)
  • Thirty Newark schools shut off their water fountains after testing found high levels of lead. (Brick City Live)
  • Los Angeles is at a “point of crisis” in the way it serves students with disabilities, according to a report that was never supposed to be made public. (L.A. Times)
  • Like many places, Seattle is supposed to “fully fund” education. What that means is complicated. (Seattle Times)
  • And Chicago teachers are headed for a strike April 1 after the city asked them to take three unpaid days off. (DNAInfo)
  • Here’s what people were talking about at this year’s SXSWedu, the innovation-focused education conference. (Hechinger Report)
  • The Republicans running for president seem not to have mastered the Common Core standards. (The Upshot)
  • Lifelong Detroit fights back tears as she is named the new school superintendent. (Free-Press)
  • Emergency manager says Detroit schools won’t make payroll on April 8 without state help. (Detroit News)
  • Donald Trump’s education policy: Experts are fearful, curious and baffled. (EdWeek)
  • Testing for joy and grit? School nationwide push to measure emotional skills. (NY Times)
  • Death to Algebra II! Push for more students taking it has worsened graduation rate and produced few benefits. (Slate)
  • In America, we teach math the wrong way. (NY Times)
  • Louisville schools physically restrained 25 kids a day last year, but only reported 175 of them all year to the state. (Courier-Journal)
  • Online charter schools return cash to Ohio after admitting attendance figures were off. (Dispatch)
  • Chicago school board sues ex-superintendent for $65 million after kick-back allegations. (Tribune)

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