Best Education Writing Of The Week – September 4, 2015


A screengrab from Malcolm Gladwell’s New Orleans retrospective


New Yorker: Lessons from NOLA

American Prospect: Obama’s Mixed Record on School Integration

Tampa Bay Times: For 31 kids, this is what it’s like to go to resegregated schools

ProPublica: Asians Nearly Twice as Likely to Get a Higher Price from Princeton Review

Narratively: The Super Bowl of Elementary School Chess

Medium: The weird history of the Pledge of Allegiance

#TBT New Yorker: Coaches for everyone!


Goals For Latest AP Common Core Story Go Unfulfilled

American Public Media’s  Clear, Calm Look At Improving Classroom Instruction

Josh Starr Thinks Bloggers Have Too Much (Hidden) Influence Over MSM Coverage

Hot Topics Being Tackled By Incoming Spencer Fellows

Countdown To “The Prize”

#TBT: Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” Debuted Six Years Ago


5-Year-Old At Underfunded Kindergarten Enjoying Last Few Weeks Before Achievement Gap Kicks In – The Onion

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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