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What We're Reading: Teens and Sleep, Teacher Housing, Tracking, and Opting Out

posted Apr 7, 2016, 11:28 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 11:30 AM ]
From The Hub
Sleep is so important for teens because they are always on the go with school, sports, projects, and the many activities in their lives. Ever notice how sleepy they are too? It’s almost as though they are going through life clamoring for more sleep. read more 

From the SF Examiner
Last year, as the rate of unfair evictions in San Francisco rose due to speculation and skyrocketing rents, Dean Preston and the SF Tenants Union decided to take action. Realizing that most people don’t learn their rights or seek help until they’re already facing eviction, they created the Tenant Bootcamp project. Traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood, the Bootcamps empowered tenants by teaching them how to proactively fight back against unfair evictions before bad landlords had the chance to take advantage of them. read more 

From The Atlantic
Tracking, the practice of putting a small group of higher achieving students into separate advanced or honors classes, isn’t popular with progressive educators.Previous research has pointed out that it exacerbates inequality in our schools because higher income and white or Asian kids are more likely to get tracked into the elite classrooms. read more

From Politico
White suburban parents were the driving force of an opt-out movement in which hundreds of thousands of students last year skipped state end-of-year assessments. But this year, local and national organizers are speaking candidly of their desire and efforts to broaden the crusade that some testing proponents have mocked on Twitter using #optoutsowhiteread more