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What We're Reading: SFUSD Tips, Closing the Achievement Gap, and More

posted Oct 11, 2016, 9:53 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 9:54 AM ]

From SFGate
You know how it goes. You’re talking to a friend or family member who lives outside of San Francisco and you are trying to describe to them the months-long process of touring, debating, selecting, prioritizing and eventually (hopefully) getting your child into the kindergarten best suited for them, the rest of your family and your work schedule. read more

From Education Dive
Foryears, most in education circles have been acutely aware of a “boy crisis” in education — though around the world, girls are less likely to enter school, boys are significantly more likely to be held back, suspended, fail or drop out than their female counterparts and are more likely to be labeled as special needs — a truth that has remained for decades. When the conversation is disaggregated by race, the outcomes are even more disparate for black and Latino young males. read more

From NPREd
With her infant son in a sling, Monique Black strolls through a weekend open house in the gentrified Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. There are lots of factors to consider when looking for a home — in this one, Monique notices, the tiny window in the second bedroom doesn't let in enough light. But for parents like Black and her husband, Jonny, there's a more important question: How good are the nearby schools? read more

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, school violence was seen as a nationwide crisis. Fear over the spike in violence, and horrific school shootings like Columbine, ushered in the era of "zero tolerance" policies. Under such policies, students were immediately expelled for certain bad behaviors, but zero tolerance soon drew backlash for being too harsh, as news reports circulated about elementary school students being suspended for having toenail clippers and other similar items. read more