Homeless Students, School Integration, and Charter Schools | 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.

So now, it’s time for you to stay up-to-date! Get last week’s best articles below…

Caroline Yang for MPR News

Homeless and alone, she struggles toward graduation via MPR News

Diamond Syas is a homeless 17-year-old battling her way towards graduation. She lives in a homeless shelter, works three jobs, and still attends school. This article follows her journey. Read the article or listen to the audio story…

“For many students of color, it’s a struggle to get a diploma within four years. The path that leads to crossing that stage in June can be a precarious one.”


The problem with teaching ‘grit’ to poor kids? They already have it. Here’s what they really need.

Lathan Goumas/The Herald-News via AP

The problem with teaching ‘grit’ to poor kids? They already have it. Here’s what they really need. via The Washington Post

Surely you’ve heard of the “grit” phenomenon. Teaching, measuring and testing grit in students — especially students who live in poverty — has become part of the broad education reform debate. But, maybe student’s need more than grit…

“There is something about grit, which Duckworth defines as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals,” that captures the public imagination. It is shorthand for a range of qualities that we treasure, especially in children. Life is hard, grit tells us, but good things come to those who tough it out.”


The New Front in the School Integration Battle

The Associated Press

The New Front in the School Integration Battle via U.S. News

Our schools have become deeply segregated by income. Now the Department of Education is taking steps to promote diversity. How can Education Secretary John King ensure there is greater income diversity in our nation’s schools.

“…peers have a significant impact on student performance, and a wealth of studies have found that students who attend more income diverse schools have improved results. These students post better scores on tests and are also more likely to land a high school diploma.”

6 Innovative School Leaders Who Are Disrupting Traditional Education

6 Innovative School Leaders Who Are Disrupting Traditional Education via The 74

For National Charter Schools Week, The 74 published with a series of articles about America’s charter leaders, students and policies. This article profiles these 6 innovative schools of choice…

“Although charter schools remain a relatively small fraction of the public schools in America, they’ve experienced significant growth in the last two-and-a-half decades. Today, nearly 3 million children attend 6,723 charter schools from New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between.”

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

May 18, 2016
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