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5 education reads found in the last 7 days

So, now that Friday is here, who is ready to read about education?

Below you will find five articles dealing with education and/or "youth issues" that I've read over the past week. It's a range covering poverty's affect on success, the politicizing of education and more ... read on.

"The rich-poor divide on America's college campuses is getting wider fast" via The Hechinger Report's John Marcus and Holly K. Hacker

It’s a stark view of the reality of American higher education, in which rich kids go to elite private and flagship public campuses while poor kids — including those who score higher on standardized tests than their wealthier counterparts — end up at community colleges and regional public universities with much lower success rates, assuming they continue their educations at all. 

"Days from leaving office, Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about successes, failures" via The Washington Post's Emma Brown.

We choose to let hundreds of kids die every year and that is a conscious choice ... Other countries just value their kids more than we do, and that’s heartbreaking. I’m going to continue to try and work to change that.

"These Charter Schools Tried to Turn Public Education Into Big Business. They Failed." via Slate's Jessica Huseman.

The for-profit founders made an assumption that it turns out doesn’t fly in the complicated realm of American schooling: They presumed that struggling schools flounder and fail mostly, if not only, because of inefficiency. 

"Koch brothers' higher-ed investments advance political goals" via The Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal.

The Center for Public Integrity reviewed hundreds of private documents, emails and audio recordings that, along with interviews with more than 75 college officials, professors, students and others, indicate the Koch brothers’ spending on higher education is now a critical part of their broader campaign to infuse politics and government with free-market principles.

"Handling of L.A. schools shutdown offers a civics lesson" via the Los Angeles Times' Peter Jamison and Howard Blume

Meanwhile, some critics say the false alarm has laid bare potential shortcomings in officials' capacity to handle future crises, both in the nuts and bolts of coordination among government agencies and in the less quantifiable ability to reassure the public.

Eli Francovich
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