Best Education Journalism Of The Week (January 16-22, 2016)

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Screengrab of NYT story on deplorable state of Detroit school buildings.


Washington Post: Clinton on Detroit schools: ‘No one would tolerate these conditions in a wealthy suburb.’

Politics K-12: Trump Says We Spend a Ton for Bad Test Scores. Let’s Check the Numbers.

NYT: Crumbling, Destitute Schools Threaten Detroit’s Recovery

NY Post: UFT spends $1M thanking Cuomo for Common Core backtrack

NYT: Education Technology Graduates From the Classroom to the Boardroom

NPR: To Be Young, ‘Gifted’ And Black, It Helps To Have A Black Teacher

NY Daily News: NYC charter chain violates rights of kids with disabilities, say parents in complaint to federal government

Washington Post: The states that rely on Powerball and lotteries the most

LA Times: The new head of L.A.’s schools knows what it feels like to experience inequality in education

Slate: In this poor Mississippi town, teacher assistant is a coveted job. It pays $9 an hour.


FLA Re-Segregation Story Wins Prestigious IRE Award

What The LA Times Education Should – & Shouldn’t – Do To Address Credibility Concerns

Activist Deray McKesson Trades Places With Colbert (Briefly), Raises Media Diversity Issues (Indirectly)

[Unionized] NPR Reporter Bravely Slams Bosses Over Lottery Gimmick


Washington Post: Snow brings school closings, and Twitter war, for students

The Seventy Four: Students Try to Fool TV Station Into Announcing Snow Day

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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