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Weekend Reads: Why for-profit charter schools are going extinct

Students at University Prep, a public charter school located in a formerly-closed Denver Public Schools facility. Marc Piscotty
  • New York reversed course and is dropping state test scores from teacher evaluations for now. (Chalkbeat)
  • Investors are rebelling against K12, the operator of online charter schools that have been widely criticized. (BuzzFeed)
  • Why for-profit charter schools are on the decline. (Slate)
  • Friends of Teach For America have launched a “rapid response” campaign to counter criticism. (Washington Post)
  • As Tennessee’s Race To the Top money runs out, what’s left are mixed feelings about the ramped-up teacher evaluations that it funded. (Chalkbeat)
  • Only one fourth-grader in Detroit’s lowest-performing schools passed Michigan’s new state math exam. (Detroit Free Press)
  • Newark schools cut a deal with federal officials to halt an investigation into alleged civil rights violations. (Star-Ledger)
  • Districts across the country got a terror threat this week. Los Angeles drew criticism for being the only one to shut down. (L.A. Times)
  • Schools are often more segregated than their neighborhoods, new research finds. (New York Times)
  • Go inside some of the programs that are trying to mint more black male teachers. (Hechinger Report)
  • Dozens of people with links to a sweeping test-fixing scandal in India have died under mysterious circumstances. (Guardian)
  • From “college and career readiness” to “high-stakes testing,” here are nominees for education jargon to lose in 2016. (The 74 Million)
  • One teacher’s take on what works with group work — and what doesn’t for him, despite what’s in vogue. (NYC Educator)

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