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Weekend reads: How often schools send students to police in all 50 states

Members of the Denver Police Department watch as students from Manual High School share speeches about Ferguson.
  • In most states, black and Hispanic students and students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to the criminal justice system. Virginia, where an 11-year-old autistic boy who struggled with a police officer was found guilty of felony assault this month, has the highest referral rate. (Center for Public Integrity)
  • Parents of students at Success Academy charter schools in New York City share their experiences following the Times’ feature on the network last week. (New York Times)
  • At one of New Orleans’ “second-chance schools,” teachers fight to reach the students who have been nudged out of or expelled from other charter schools. (NPR)
  • “Opting out students stands as a powerful rebuke of the idea that standardized tests should be the primary determinant as to whether a school stays open or not.” (Jose Vilson)
  • The head of Chicago’s schools is taking a leave of absence as federal officials investigate a no-bid contract awarded to a company the schools chief once worked for. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Undocumented students offer a different perspective and bring a strong work ethic to their classrooms and school communities, a teacher explains. (The Atlantic)
  • A teacher-mentor has five ideas for teachers ready to throw in the towel. (Edutopia)
  • How computer science could and should be woven into all sorts of classes, according to some educators. (Hechinger)
  • A comprehensive look at the research on blended learning shows little definitive evidence that it works (or that it doesn’t). (Ed Week)

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