Best Education Journalism of the Week (October 3-7, 2016)


NYT: The Unintended Consequences of Taking a Hard Line on School Discipline

NPR: Can A School District Help Diversify A Fire Department?

NPR: Why Busing Didn’t End School Segregation

Hechinger Report: The anonymous town that was the model of desegregation – Hechinger Report

Boston Globe: How New England prep schools allowed accused sexual predators to move on to other jobs in education

Politico NY: Possible NYC mayoral challengers careful to praise district schools at charter rally

Denver Post:Denver Public Schools details response to black educators’ concerns about racism

WBEZ Chicago: CPS Screening Process Discriminated Against Black Candidates

Jacobin: The *Other* Chicago Teachers’ Strike

Hechinger Report: Chinese “parachute kids” who come to the U.S. for middle or high school can have a tough time

Detroit Free Press: Detroit school lawsuit: Does U.S. Constitution guarantee literacy?

WSJ: Chicago’s Troubled Schools Made Wall Street $110 Million

Seattle Public Radio: No more homework, say many Seattle elementary schools


7 Resources to Help Avoid Racial Blind Spots

Education Reporters Heading To Chicago To Learn New Federal Law


Daily Texan: Refugee student experience in US schools not always easy

The Seventy Four: The Yale Study on Pre-K Teachers and Bias Didn’t Find What You Think it Found

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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