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Weekend Education Reads: 16 Important Stories on Schools, Students, Policy You May Have Missed This Week

By The 74 | April 27, 2017

Every week, The 74 spotlights important education journalism that may have been overshadowed by breaking news. See our recent archive of must-read clips, and get this roundup delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for The 74 Newsletter.

It was a busy news week: We interviewed New York’s education chief MaryEllen Elia, previewed the students most likely to be hurt by a government shutdown, heard from state legislators who are frustrated by a lack of education funds coming out of their state lotteries, and covered the U.S. News & World Report public high school rankings, where, for the first time ever, the majority of the top 10 were charters.

Here are a few other interesting articles we’ve been reading at other outlets this week, that you might have missed amid the breaking headlines:

State Department: Alabama Graduation Rates InaccurateTimes Daily (Lisa Singleton-Rickman)

Judge: Mostly White Southern City May Secede From School District Despite Racial MotiveThe Washington Post (Emma Brown)

Michelle Rhee & the Capital of Education ReformU.S. News & World Report (Sara Mead)

Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform: Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to MatterEducation Post (Peter Cunningham)

Climate Denial in SchoolsVice (Emmalina Glinskis)

New Database Shows L.A. Schools Not Receiving $1.5 Billion Intended for StudentsLA School Report (Sarah Favot)

Bill de Blasio’s Pre-Pre-K FantasyNational Review (Kyle Smith)

In Texas, Thousands of Students Are Dropping Out as Early as Middle SchoolKERA News (Stella M. Chavez)

Lifting Kids to CollegeThe New York Times (Frank Bruni)

The Privilege of School Choice: When, Given the Chance, Will Wealthy Parents Ever Choose to Desegregate Schools?The Atlantic (Patrick Wall)

The Asian Money Fueling U.S. Edtech InvestmentsEdSurge (Tony Wan)

States Reconsider Sunscreen as Banned Drug in SchoolsEducation Week (Lisa Stark)

Florida Senate Committee Spends All of 9 Minutes Considering Major Change in Schools PolicyThe Miami Herald (Kristen M. Clark)

Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a LossNew York Times (Sheryl Sandberg)

Everyone Hates How Colorado Funds Its Schools. So Who Is Going to Fix It?Chalkbeat (Nicholas Garcia)

Did Your Father Die? For a Second-Grader, Gunfire, School Lockdowns, Then the Worst Violence of AllThe Washington Post (John Woodrow Cox)

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