A Controversial Tennessee Plan and Equity in Japan | Last Week’s Best Articles


We’re back with Last Week’s Best Articles In Education!

Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nations students.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…because we believe you should stay up-to-date, too!

DeVos defends Trump-backed education cuts via Detroit News

When pressed by reporters about whether she supports the cuts following a tour of technical training facilities at the Grand Rapids Community College campus, DeVos didn’t directly answer the question but said she and Trump support teachers and will continue to do so.

“Actually, President Trump and I are very big proponents of continuing to support teachers and develop teachers,” DeVos told reporters.

Trump’s proposed budget would cut $2.25 billion from a program that provides federal grants to states to train and recruit teachers and would trim another $43 million from a different program that offers professional development and training to current and prospective teachers.

Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like via The Atlantic

In many countries, the United States included, students’ economic backgrounds often determine the quality of the education they receive. Richer students tend to go to schools funded by high property taxes, with top-notch facilities and staff that help them succeed. In districts where poorer students live, students often get shoddy facilities, out-of-date textbooks, and fewer guidance counselors.

Not in Japan.

Tennessee’s plan to ensure schools help students of all races raises red flags for advocates and feds alike via Chalkbeat

Tennessee is the only state to propose lumping several subgroups — black, Hispanic, and Native American students — together into a single “supergroup” when assessing schools. All of the other states that have submitted their plans to comply with the law say they will look at each group individually.

Critics of the approach say lumping students from different groups together could make it easy to miss nuances in how to better educate each of those racial and ethnic subgroups.

One thing to read this week…

A Southern city struggles with the paradoxes of ‘school choice’ via Yahoo!

At schools like Bruns Academy — a regular public school, despite its name, where 99 percent of students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, and 89 percent are black — the issue of segregation is being seriously addressed for the first time in years.

“Out of all of the solutions for education reform that have been proposed — you know, these silver-bullet solutions, like having better teachers and having a business model — the least expensive solution that we have consistently have ignored is that of integration.”

Did any of these articles particularly speak to you? We would love to know your thoughts! Let us know in the comments below:

August 4, 2017
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