Member Stories

October 6 – October 13
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Learn about Finland’s transition toward a school schedule that merges multiple subjects into extended learning blocks, a move that could be the exception to the adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Education Week’s Madeline Will has the story.

Melinda D. Anderson explains in The Atlantic how the “stress of racial discrimination may partly explain the persistent gaps in academic performance between some nonwhite students, mainly black and Latino youth, and their white counterparts.”

Katy Murphy of Mercury News notes that the “entrenched and costly system of remedial education in community colleges — pre-college courses that a staggering three out of every four students are forced to take — is quietly undergoing a seismic shift in California.”

Ben Wermund of Politico walks us through this paradox: “More than four months after the nation’s largest Southern Baptist university demoted its president and fired its star football coach in the wake of a sweeping sexual assault coverup by coaches and administrators, the federal agency tasked with enforcing laws against sexual violence on campus has yet to open an inquiry into the school.”

A school district is suing a contractor tasked with providing online education services after a state audit blasted the district’s efforts to provide adequate alternative educations. Nearly a million dollars are on the line, according to Rafael Guerrero of the Yakima Herald.

Melissa Taboada writes for The Austin American-Statesman that students “at a majority of the schools in Austin’s low-income neighborhoods get little to no recess time, while the children at more than 80 percent of the district’s more affluent elementary campuses get unstructured play time daily.”

You’ll want to read this by Debbie Cafazzo of The News Tribune: “Why schools won’t tell you about sex offender students.”

Agriculture juggernaut The Wonderful Company “is proposing a K-12 charter school in impoverished Lost Hills, touching off a debate over whether it would be good or bad for area kids and what it would mean for the town’s existing schools,” reports Harold Pierce for The Bakersfield Californian.

Despite demand and scientific urgency, early-education seats are hard to come by in Sacramento – part of a state trend – writes Diana Lambert for The Sacramento Bee.

Kalyn Belsha puts in context the more than one million dollars Chicago received to provide mental-health services to students at 10 schools hit particularly hard by gun violence. This story appears in The Chicago Reader.

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