What We're Reading: Data, School Budgets, and Elementary Truancy

posted Feb 19, 2016, 11:48 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston

From USA Today
In a ruling that is causing some parents concern about their children's privacy, a judge has granted a small, parent-run non-profit working for the rights of disabled children the ability to search sensitive information about more than 10 million California students. read more

From the New York Times
How white is too white? At the Academy of Arts and Letters, a small K-8 school in Brooklyn founded in 2006 to educate a community of “diverse individuals,” that question is being put to the test. read more 

From the Washington Post
There is huge news in the science world: Scientists just announced that they have detected gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes in deep space — something predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. read more

From the SF Examiner
We have a big project due in a few months. Our budget — to the tune of some $800 million dollars — has to be submitted to state officials. Putting this together is a thoughtful process, filled with conversations with parents, staff, students and school board commissioners. It requires poring over our myriad data — everything from test scores to attendance rates to parent survey results — and coming up with a budget that reflects our needs. read more

From Education Dive
California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday announced a free online toolkit designed to help fight what her office calls a "truancy crisis" in the state's elementary schools, as well as a lack of understanding by parents around how crucial early childhood school attendance is to learning. read more