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Weekend Reads: What Detroit’s mayor saw when he visited a crumbling school building

In place of tall olive green lockers at Trevista at Horace Mann: hooks and shelves that 4-year-olds can reach.
In place of tall olive green lockers at Trevista at Horace Mann: hooks and shelves that 4-year-olds can reach.
Eric Gorski
  • The Ethicist absolves a parent of sending his son to the low-scoring school in his neighborhood. (New York Times)
  • Another answer: Thinking only about your own child fuels inequity and so is ethically troubling. (The Billfold)
  • You didn’t win this week’s Powerball lottery. Neither did schools. (International Business Times)
  • Responding to a sweeping teacher “sickout” over school conditions, Detroit’s mayor visited one crumbling building — and found a dead mouse. (Detroit News)
  • Studies have found that decrepit school facilities have a negative effect on student learning. (The 74 Million)
  • The Common Core popped up in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, with a half-truth from N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. (Politics K-12)
  • A Brit says he sees promise but not a panacea in England’s growing sector of charter-like schools. (Educated Reporter)
  • Chicago is the latest city to get a study concluding that poor schools have more low-rated teachers. (Catalyst)
  • More than 100,000 students in New York City pass through metal detectors to get into school every day. (ProPublica)
  • Los Angeles finally named a new schools chief — a top official who prefers to take things slowly. (L.A. Times)
  • A new TV comedy is getting rave reviews for breaking down stereotypes about middle-school teachers. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • President Obama didn’t say much about education in his final State of the Union address. Here’s a rundown. (Hechinger Report)

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