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March 26, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

The Complementary Benefits of Racial and Socioeconomic Diversity in Schools

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jennifer Ayscue, Erica Frankenberg, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley write about the benefits of racial diversity in schools. They say, “Racially diverse learning environments have positive impacts on academic achievement for students of all races.” And conclude, “The short-term and long-term benefits of racially diverse schools provide the structural and attitudinal foundation for social cohesion in multiethnic, democratic societies such as the United States.”

Where Are All the Black Teachers? Discrimination in the Teacher Labor Market

Posted: 21 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Diana D’amico, Robert J. Pawlewicz, Penelope M. Earley, and Adam P. McGeehan published a study that investigates the lack of racial diversity among public school teachers. The researchers found evidence of workplace segregation and discrimination. “The authors call for researchers, policy makers, and school leaders at the district and building levels to examine hiring practices, which may be symptomatic of broader institutional biases, so that they may identify and eliminate inherent prejudices.”

Keep Us Involved in ESSA Plans, Unions and District Leaders Tell State Chiefs

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Andrew Ujifusa writes about a letter sent by national representatives of school officials to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The letter expresses disappointment that the U.S. Department of Education removed a key requirement that states detail their work with stakeholder groups in their consolidated plans for ESSA. “Nonetheless, they say the group has an obligation to make sure each chief ‘demonstrates clearly and explicitly in each state plan how stakeholders were involved in its development, and how they will continue this engagement during implementation, review, and future revisions.’”

White House Budget Proposal Undermines Public Education, Discards Nation’s Values

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Joetta Sack-Min shares concerns that member associations of the Learning First Alliance (LFA) have with the White House proposal to cut $9 billion in funding for public education and the U.S. Department of Education.

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