Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week
EdSource’s Theresa Harrington writes about a Common Core-aligned curriculum created by educators in California that includes shearing sheep and designing board games.
Parents in Florida are suing the state for a “13-year-old practice of holding back third graders who score poorly on the state’s spring reading test, arguing that more factors should come into play when deciding the children’s academic fate,” Jeffrey Solochek reports for the Tampa Bay Times.
Dale Mezzacappa of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook examines the reasons some parents can’t find available kindergarten slots for their children, despite the mayor’s push to provide access to universal pre-K.
In a story for the Los Angeles Times, Howard Blume and Sonali Kohli write about LAUSD’s highest-ever graduation rate of 75 percent and the “triage” efforts that helped the district achieve it.
The Sacramento Bee continues its coverage of disgraced University of California, Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. A story by Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton reveals “the most damning evidence was a near-obsession with her own reputation.”
Meghan Mangrum of Chalkbeat takes readers inside a school for newly-arrived immigrants, where teachers get creative to work around language barriers.
“With an approach not unlike Mary Kay and Pampered Chef parties, the superintendent and chief operating officer of Upper Arlington schools are evangelizing about the need for multimillion-dollar repairs to school buildings,” Shannon Gilchrist of The Columbus Dispatch.
Jamaal Abdul-Alim of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education tells of the University of the District of Columbia’s controversial efforts to attract top-notch students with full-ride scholarships.
Preschools for low-income children are popping up in Silicon Valley libraries, neighborhood centers, churches — and even beaches – to help kids get ready for school,” Kathryn Baron writes for The Hechinger Report.
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