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April 2017 Newsletter Lifting Kids to College
By Frank Bruni
NY Times

April 26, 2017- LOS ANGELES- If you go by the odds, Sierra Williams shouldn't be in college, let alone at a highly selective school like the University of Southern California. Many kids in her low-income neighborhood here don't et to or through the 12th grade. Here singel mother isn't college-educated. Neither are Sierra's two brothers, one of whom is in prison. Her sister has only a two-year associate degree. Read more

The Importance of High Quality General Education for Students in Special Education
By Elizabeth Setren and Nora Gordon

April 20, 2017- Last month's Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District sets a higher bar for the "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) guaranteed to students with disabilities bu the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In the unanimous opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: "every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives. Read more

Puzzling it out: The current state of scientific knowledge on pre-kindergarten effects
By Deborah A. Phillips et al

April 17, 2017- Scientific research has established that if all children are to achieve their developmental potential, it is important to law the foundation during the earliest years for lifelong health, learning, and positive behavior. A central question is how well our public pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs are doing to build this foundation. Read more

The gap within the gap
By Susan M. Dynarski and Katherine Michelmore

April 13, 2017- Researchers and policymakers devote considerable effort to understanding gaps in academic achievement between low-income students and their better-off classmates. And rightly so: the income-based achievement gap is a large and growing source of educations inequality in the United States. The test-score gap between high- and low-income students is 40 percent wider today than it was 25 years ago. Read more

John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music
By Josh Jones

April 12, 2017- Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quote a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called "Coltrane circle," which resembles what any musician will recognize as the "Circle of Fifths," but incorporates Coltrane's own innovations. Read more

Curriculum becomes a reform strategy
By Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

April 5, 2017- "Structual" education reformers- the kind who worry about school governance, choice, standards, accountability, ESSA, univesal pre-K, graduation rates, collective bargaining, etc.- have long been faulted by "inside the classroom" educators for neglecting pedagogy and curriculum. Read more
Bowser unveils $13.8 billion budget, stirring debate over tax cuts
By Peter Jamison and Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post

April 4, 2017- D.C. would implement far-reaching tax cuts while making modest investments in programs to address the city's sweeping income inequality under the new budget proposed by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.  Read more

D.C. Charter School Advocate: Mayor's Budget Proposal 'Inadequate'
By WI Web Staff
Washington Informer

April 7, 2017- Ramona Edelin, executive director of D.C. Association for Chartered Public Schools, issued the following statement regarding Mayor Muriel Bowser's education budget proposals for fiscal year 2018: The District governments' proposed budget for next fiscal year is inadequate to the needs of the District of Columbia's public school children. Read more

DC high school celebrates 5th consecutive year of 100 percent graduation, college acceptance rate
By fox5dc.com staff

April 13, 2017- When you hear the words, "signing day," you usually associate them with high school athletes announcing their college of choice based on their skills on the playing field. But for a high school in D.C., the words have taken on a whole new meaning. Read more

D.C. budget needs these 3 things
By Deborah Simmons
Washington Times

April 6, 2017- The opening salvos on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower's fiscal 2018 spending plan were frighteningly tame, considering there's nothing on the chopping block, nothing bolstering parents' cries for school choice and nothing that declares a war on stenuous oversight. Read more

Bowser's Budget Gives Virtually Every Social Advocacy Group Something to Gripe About
By Jeffrey Anderson
Washington City Paper 

April 6, 2017- As Mayor Muriel Bowser's slogam "Pathway to the Middle Class" has morphed into "Inclusive Prosperity," her budget has something for every social advocacy group to dislike, and a business tax cut that should go a long way towards aiding her re-election effort.  Read more

8th Graders' Arts Scores Hold Steady on Latest Natioal Assessment
By Jackie Zubrzycki
Education Week

April 25, 2017- On the first national assessment of students' performance in visual arts and music in eight years, girls, suburban students, private schoolers, and higher-income students came out ahead of their peers. But, despite fears about dramatic cuts in recent years to arts programs, students' overall scores and reported participation in arts have remained about steady since 2008. Read more

D.C. charter school for adult students should be shut down
By Alejandra Matos

April 22, 2017- A charter school that serves high school dropouts and other at-risk students is in jeopardy after the D.C. Public Charter School Board determined that it has failed to meet many of its academic goals. The Latin American Youth Center Career Academy opened in 2012 to help students who had previously left school get their GED and go to college or get a job. The school also enrolled students who had a high school diploma to put them on a path to college or training for a medical or tech field job. Read more

Finding the Right Fit for Students with Disabilities
By Lauren Morando Rhim
Education Next

April 4, 2017- As our new presidential administration has moved school choice into the spotlight, the debate surrounding access and success for charter-school students with disabilities has grown increasingly heated. Unfortunately, this debate is frequently riddled with incorrect or overly simplified anecdotes. Read more
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