Article: The 400,000 Latino Children Missing From the Census

[This very brief article calls to mind dissapearing — when people are missing, are not counted, not seen by the state, what is lost? In this case, Head Start (pre-k), WIC, and other social benefits funding. But also something more intangible is lost; the lives of these children are discounted when they go uncounted, dissapearing like…

Article: The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

[I recently took on the task of finding something for the boy who brings books on the bus something to do for the summer. I have a reasonable grasp of the options for 8th graders here but wasn’t sure about the 3rd grader-sized summer opportunities. So I started sleuthing. The first several stops on the…

Article: Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

[Check out where you live. Where I grew up is an island of grey in a sea of orange. Where I teach is a little too small on the map to really discern the details. But the phenomenon certainly applies, with school districts in close proximity that have vastly different per pupil expenditure. This article…

Podcast: Assessing The $100 Million Upheaval Of Newark’s Public Schools

[Interesting summary of Dale Russakoff’s investigation into the Newark, NJ education reforms of the last five years. A few things stood out to me: Russakoff makes clear that reform needs to be a “process that is rooted in community” instead of the efforts of billionaires from the outside. And, the KIPP school that Russakoff visited with…

Video: Middle School Moment

[This originally came out in 2012 but it is particularly salient as I begin to embark on a second year of guiding 8th graders through the high school application process. My school seems to be pretty on top of flagging these issues and following up, but I wonder about the students who want to leap…

Article: Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider

[Though this is hardly news, the statistics are sobering. I’m not sure how to fix these issues. Clearly, teaching is insufficient — we need a living wage, improved teacher pipelines, incentives for teaching in poor districts, and a clearer national emphasis on reducing this gap. “Poorer, less educated parents simply can’t keep up with the…

Article: The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

[I always like a good map, and this article offers several. Concentrating low-income students and minority students in schools has serious repercussions for schooling and learning. As the article points out, students living in poverty have the cards stacked against them and concentrating them in schools together makes it harder for the adults to serve…

Articles: The Upwardly Mobile Barista & College for the Masses

[These articles make a good pair so I thought I’d share them with you simultaneously. The premise in the article from the Atlantic about Starbucks and Arizona State University is that Starbucks is helping employees pay for college. But the article makes it clear that the support goes well beyond the financial — “The research tells…