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What We're Reading: Incarcerated Parents, Trump Hates Common Core, and More

posted Mar 10, 2016, 4:01 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 4:02 PM ]
Here is this week's look at some of the articles we are sharing around the PPS-SF office. 

Arvaughn Williams, 17, speaks during a school board meeting about growing up with an incarcerated parent. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)From the SF Examiner
Arvaughn Williams was a freshman at City Arts and Technology High School in the Excelsior when his father died in 2012 after spending years in and out of jail. “The time that I was supposed to have with him, I felt like that was taken from me,” said Williams, who was told in school that he would have a jail cell waiting for him just like his father. read more

From The Atlantic
The Obama administration has worked hard to strengthen public-school teaching—a $400 billion-plus workforce, and perhaps the single strongest lever in schools for raising student achievement. But just after Thanksgiving, the president signed a major new education law that largely abandoned the cornerstone of his teacher agenda: pressing states and school districts to take more seriously the task of identifying who in the profession was doing a good job, and who wasn't. read more

From The New York Times
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has not been driven by detailed policy papers. But on one issue at least, his position is clear: He hates the Common Core State Standards. They are, he says, a “total disaster,” and he promises to abolish them upon assuming the presidency, because education “has to be at a local level.” This is revealing, and not just because it shows Mr. Trump’s ignorance of how American education actually works. read more

From Today Parents
Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-graders pounce onto the playground. The youngest kids at this school now enjoy two 15-minute breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon for a total of one hour of recess a day. That's three times longer and three more breaks than they used to get. read more