Universal screening in one Florida county found many bright kids of color but naturally, the costs were an issue. From The Washington Post Wonkblog
An article on the Growing Homeschooling Movement from AlterNet
Gentrification and Public Education
The Atlantic had this article about what gentrification can mean to a public school system. Pro: if you move magnet/gifted programs into schools, white parents will enroll their children there. Con: kids of color still tend to be underserved.
Brooklyn’s PS 8, for instance, was “failing” only 10 years ago, but after remaking itself as a magnet school has become one of the borough’s most sought-after elementary schools. Likewise, PS 9 recently added gifted-and-talented and foreign-language programs. It now has an above-average proportion of white students relative to its district, and there is a waitlist for its Pre-K program.Turning a School Around
Any money put toward enticing middle-class parents is money that can’t be put toward students who might need those resources more. And most minority students continue to struggle.
Test scores are a matter of overwhelming importance to these parents, no matter how much they may also protest “high-stakes testing.” How, then, can middle-class gentrifiers be wooed into participating in a system that might not appear to be in their immediate best interest?
The burden cannot rest on the shoulders of individual gentrifying parents, who may want to do “right” thing and, at the same time, feel compelled to provide their children with the highest-quality education possible. Local governments need to prioritize better-integrated schools for everyone.
Is a new principal? Or a new program? Both? From NPR Ed.
Achievement gap not closing in California
From the LA Times, a story on how higher standards, (or more confusing tests or both), have had a downward effect on the achievement gap between white and black or Latino students.
“This is going to show the real achievement gap,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. “We are asking more out of our kids and I think that's a good thing.
I would have to ask Mr. Minnich how much money that will cost and where will he find it.
At the same time, he added, “there's no question that when we raised the bar for students that we're going to have to support our lower-achieving students even more so than we are now.”