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by Mark Walsh
July 7, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin was greeted by both supporters and opponents of affirmative action as something they didn’t see coming. And they said the reverberations will be felt from the most selective colleges in the country to neighborhood elementary schools.

by Joe Heim
July 4, 2016
Aylia Black wasn’t prepared for how fast the plane would zoom down the runway during takeoff. Or for how small Washington would look below her as the plane rose into the sky. The 13-year-old rarely traveled outside of the District, and now she was heading to Costa Rica. It was her first flight.
Aylia made the journey last month with 18 other D.C.

by Tara Garcia Mathewson
June 24, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Thursday released joint guidance about how schools should support children in foster care under the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Read more here:www.educationdive.com/news/ed-health-and-human-services-depts-issue-essa-guidance-on-foster-youth/421535/ 

by Steven Glazerman and Dallas Dotter
June 15, 2016
This brief describes (1) what parents look for when they choose a school and (2) how these preferences affect the sorting of students into schools under different school-choice policies. The findings are based on lists of preferred schools submitted by over 20,000 applicants to a citywide lottery for more than 100 traditional and charter public schools in Washington, DC.
by Arianna Prothero
June 13, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this month, tucked in a voluminous education funding bill headed to the Minnesota governor’s desk, was a quirky and contentious idea to allow teachers and parents to create a new kind of public school—chartered schools.

by Joe Davidson
June 13, 2016
Preschoolers suspended from school?
Sounds crazy.
But it’s real, and racial disparities make it worse.
As my colleague Emma Brown reported, an Education Department report released last week says black children account for almost half of the public preschool suspensions, but are less than a fifth of the preschoolers.
June 10, 2016

A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Education shows that chronic absenteeism impacts students in all parts of the country and is prevalent among all races, as well as students with disabilities. The first-ever national comprehensive data collected on chronic absenteeism reveal that more than 6 million students—or 13 percent of all students—missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year. The data paint a striking picture of how many students miss three weeks or more of school each year.

by Robin Lake of Center on Reinventing Public Education
June 9, 2016
No one doubts that suspension and expulsion rates in too many public schools are far too high. This is true in both charter and district-run schools. No school should treat a child, much less a troubled one, as a problem to be rid of.
by SchoolBook

New York City is hailed as one of the most important cities in the world, yet its public school system is stuck decades behind when it comes to integration and inclusion. What kind of communities do we want, in our children’s schools and our neighborhoods? And what will it take to get there? WNYC is raising the questions and fostering conversations that we hope will lead us all someplace new.

By Catherine Gewertz
June 7, 2016

New federal civil rights data released Tuesday show that black and Latino high school students are being shortchanged in their access to high-level math and science courses that could prepare them for college.

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