Roundup: Poverty Rate for Black Kids Nears 40 Percent, Plus Kasich’s Education Record

Today’s news includes more about childhood poverty, a look at Kasich’s education record, some good news for testing opponents in the ESEA rewrite that’s headed to conference:

The U.S. Is Letting Poor Kids Fall Further and Further Behind in Reading Slate: Break this figure into subgroups and the picture looks even grimmer, with 39 percent of black kids and 33 percent of Hispanic kids in poverty.

See also Bloomberg News: Brain Scans Reveal How Poverty Hurts Children’s Brains, AP More U.S. Children Are Living In Poverty Than During The Great Recession, HuffPost The Heartbreaking Physical Toll Of High Achievement Among Disadvantaged Teens.

The K-12 Record of New GOP Candidate Gov. Kasich PK12: Gov. John Kasich doesn’t have the kind of high-profile and polarizing history with public schools that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can claim. But he has an extensive record. See also ThinkProgress.

How The Big New Education Law Could Cut Testing Time NPR: Marla Kilfoyle is a teacher on Long Island, New York, a center of the opt-out movement, and the general manager of the Badass Teachers Association, a national group that opposes standardized testing. Hundreds of its members will be on Capitol Hill this week lobbying Senators and the Department of Education to halt standardized testing, among other ideas aiming to empower teachers.

Teachers May Be Staying In The Classroom Longer Than Expected, Says Study HuffPost: A recent federal study found that a much smaller percentage of beginning teachers leave the field in their first five years on the job than the widely quoted figure of 50 percent. It’s 17 percent, according to the new research.

The declining D.C. school system hired political strategists. It seems to have worked. Washington Post: Last year, consultants trained principals of traditional schools to knock on doors in a direct appeal to families, an effort that continues this summer. Now they are refining their pitch with messages based on the new market research, which included the parent survey, focus groups and polling data, a package that cost the school system $95,000.

5 questions with LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer KPCC LA: Zimmer takes the helm of the seven-person board in the midst of ongoing troubles with the district’s student data system, a burst of new state education funding, and questions about expansive, wasteful spending in the district’s food services division.

New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña Gives Herself a B+ District Dossier: The chancellor shared that evaluation of her work with Education Week last month as the school year wound down and she was getting ready to start her 50th year working as an educator in New York City. Fariña has been a teacher, principal, principal supervisor, and deputy chancellor.

Charter founder gets real with admission about improving schools K12 Zone: “Let’s just be real,” Chris Barbic wrote last week when announcing his resignation as superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District. Then Barbic admitted what skeptics of charter schools have preached for years — “achieving results in neighborhood schools is harder than in a choice environment.” Barbic, as founder of the highly acclaimed YES Prep charter school network in Houston, […]

Is Silicon Valley Driving Teachers Out? Atlantic: Dave Villafana, who has taught in Cupertino for 28 years, said that for the last 15 years district teachers have increasingly had to live elsewhere—often a 45- to 65-minute commute away on the area’s clogged freeways—in order to afford rent. Owning a home, he said, is “not even a thought.”

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.