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Weekend Reads: The public perils of Pearson’s dominance in education

A student at Lumberg Elementary School in Jefferson County.
A student at Lumberg Elementary School in Jefferson County.
Nicholas Garcia
  • An investigation finds that Pearson’s dominance in a number of education spheres including testing and online learning does not always serve American students or taxpayers. (Politico)
  • Gaps in college advising services between wealthy and poor schools may be contributing socioeconomic gaps that persist far into students’ futures. (NPR)
  • Education could be Jeb Bush’s Romneycare — an issue where his extensive work may hamper him in a primary campaign because of changing tides in the Republican Party. (Vox)
  • For the first time since the 1980s, fewer than half of American teachers are represented by unions. (USA Today)
  • A former political science professor argues that the blurring of fact and fiction among opponents of Common Core reveals an important flaw in the implementation of the standards. (Atlantic)
  • One potential hazard of all the snow in Boston: experts say too many snow days can widen achievement gaps between affluent students who can easily catch up on work at home and lower-income students who cannot. (Hechinger Report)
  • Marcus Winters argues that New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s holistic approach to schools risks abandoning the lessons of high-quality empirical education research. (Flypaper)
  • Katy Perry’s famously off-beat back-up shark dancer recovers by heading to Columbia Teachers College. (New Yorker)

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