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School boundaries, round two: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will release another set of draft recommendations the week of June 9, which will incorporate the sometimes vociferous community feedback to the first set. Community meetings will be held the following week. (Post)
Time for a mayoral debate? Muriel Bowser has said she won’t debate her rival David Catania until September, but Tom Sherwood says many parents won’t want to wait that long for a thorough discussion of boundary changes and other education issues. (Current)
Indirect debate: In separate interviews, Bowser and Catania sparred over whose school funding plans make the most sense. (Post)
Homeless students: Schools like Ketcham Elementary in Southeast, where 30% of students are homeless, are figuring out ways to provide emotional and material support to children feeling the effects of unstable lives. (WAMU)
It’s a start: The budget approved by the DC Council includes funding to put mental health professionals in 6 additional schools. A recent report found that only one third of DCPS schools and charters have mental health professionals, and 5,000 kids who need those services lack access to them. (DCFPI)
Post endorses Montgomery school board candidate: The editorial board says Jill Ortman-Fouse has good experience as a parent advocate and is right to focus on closing the achievement gap in the county.
Ouch: Some Maryland students will need new vaccinations before school starts in the fall. (Post)
Pop: Students at Lafayette Elementary go for the world record in number of people popping bubble wrap at the same time. (Post)
What does an all-charter system look like?: New Orleans is closing its 5 remaining traditional public schools. Charters have improved education for many in the city, but some lament the loss of neighborhood schools and parental control. And with some of the highest-performing charters using selective admission policies, there are equity questions as well. (Post)
It depends on the city: Sam Chaltain says that how a system of school choice feels depends on where you live. (Of, By, For/Ed Week)
Yet more Common Core opposition: Although Indiana is the only state so far to repeal its adoption of the new curriculum standards, other states are considering following suit. (NYT)
Field test confessions: A Common Core true believer has her faith shaken by testing glitches and bad questions. (Ed Week)
Setback for healthy school lunches: A House panel approved a bill that would allow schools to get waivers from federal nutrition requirements. (NYT)
Does more money for schools lead to better outcomes?: One study concludes that greater spending increases low-income students’ chances of graduating from high school, earning livable wages, and avoiding poverty. (Ed Week)
A simple way to shrink the achievement gap?: A brief writing exercise can have a dramatic effect on the GPA of black and Hispanic students, especially those in schools that are majority white. (Inside School Research/Ed Week)