Three education reads from the last seven days. Usually I do five, but it was a short week, and it's Christmas. Excuses excuses. But hey, I'm making up the rules here.
"Washington among top states for increases to education spending, study says" via The Seattle Times' John Higgins.
The state has pumped nearly $5 billion into K-12 education since 2012, when the state Supreme Court ruled in its McCleary decision that Washington isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to amply fund schools.
"Reimagining Journalism: The Story of the One Percent" via The New York Review of Books' Michael Massing. While this isn't strictly about education it's all about power, money and policy. Three things that impact how and what kids are taught. Additionally, Massing writes about the massive amounts of money the ultra rich funnel into educational causes, such as charter schools.
On all sides, billionaires are shaping policy, influencing opinion, promoting favorite causes, polishing their images—and carefully shielding themselves from scrutiny.
"Black students are drastically underrepresented at top public colleges, data show" via The Hechinger Report's Meredith Kolodner.
The nation’s flagship public universities — large, taxpayer-funded institutions whose declared mission is to educate residents of their states — enroll far smaller proportions of black students than other colleges, and the number appears to be declining, according to federal records and college enrollment data analyzed by The Hechinger Report and The Huffington Post.