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Weekend Reads: Two high schools, 10 miles between them, and the kids who live in separate universes

Ten Indianapolis Public Schools teachers were named finalists for district teacher of the year.
Students listen as their teacher gives a small group lesson at Indianapolis Public School's Center for Inquiry at School 27.
Alan Petersime
  • Teacher absences are up in Louisville, and they’re having trouble finding enough subs. (Courier-Journal)
  • 14 Detroit principals were charged in a school supply kickback scheme. (Free Press)
  • Two new studies suggest that segregating students by ability is good for black and Latino students in elite classes. (The Atlantic)
  • Did education reform play a role in the rise of Trump by ignoring the white working class? (U.S. News)
  • Dire warnings about increasing autism rates might be off-base: The CDC says the diagnosis rate might be plateauing. (Stat)
  • Two Texas high schools, separated by just 10 miles, epitomize the inequities that underlie the college admissions process. (Texas Tribune)
  • A suburban high school student says he’s really stressed out by the pressure to succeed. (Vox)
  • Rapper Diddy isn’t the only celebrity involved with charter schools. Will Smith, Andre Agassi, and others are, too. (Marketplace)
  • StudentsFirst, the once hard-charging advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, is downsizing and merging with another group. (L.A. Times)
  • A Philadelphia charter school offers another view into the evolution of the “no excuses” approach. (Hechinger Report)
  • No fooling: Chicago teachers were on strike Friday to protest changes to how they are paid. (Catalyst)
  • A consulting firm promises to deliver diverse teaching candidates — for a steep price. (NPRed)
  • Shirley Hufstedler, who became the first U.S. Secretary of Education in 1979, died this week at 90. (New York Times)
  • Test proctoring company reveals the five most common — and most creative — ways kids cheat on online exams. The good news is they also found very few kids try to cheat. (Plain Dealer)

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