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Washington Charter Schools Find Another Source Of Public Money Seattle Public Radio: Washington state’s charter schools are about to lose state funding, so they’re exploring an option that might allow them to stay open. See also Seattle Times.

Montgomery County Group Educates Teachers About Sikh Culture WAMU: After a man who may have mistook Sikhs for Muslims attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012, students in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a group to educate their peers and teachers about their religion. 

High-poverty schools often staffed by rotating cast of substitutes Washington Post: The ACLU branch has brought several lawsuits related to public schools’ teacher churn and heavy use of substitutes. “There are a narrow set of schools where this happens all the time, and until that gets really unpacked and resolved, there’s only so much that can be done to close the achievement gap,” Sapp said.

L.A. school board holds its first interview for job of superintendent LA Times: After meeting for eight hours in private, board members returned to district headquarters, reconvened in open session and adjourned until 8 a.m. Tuesday. They also have set aside time for interviews on Dec. 13.

Tragic deaths of home-schooled kids rarely lead to new rules AP: A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. 

How A School’s Attendance Number Hides Big Problems NPR: ‘Average daily attendance’ has long been a trusted measure — but the number conceals an important metric in identifying kids at risk of failing or dropping out: chronic absence.

Police swarm Utah high school, discover gun report a hoax AP: A Utah teenager was arrested after authorities say he lied about seeing a man with a gun inside his high school, triggering a two-hour lockdown and massive police response that illustrated a climate of fear amid repeated mass shootings….

New York City’s Struggling Schools’ Program Under Fire District Dossier: Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of New York state’s Board of Regents, said New York City’s $400 million “Renewal Schools” program for low-performing schools was, in some cases, allowing “failure” to persist.

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.