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Weekend Reads: What big-city superintendents actually do every day

Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg speaks to students at Denver's McMeen Elementary School in 2014.
Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg speaks to students at Denver's McMeen Elementary School in 2014.
  • Teach For America is 25. Here’s what it has accomplished and the questions it faces. (Education Week)
  • Chicago is laying off hundreds of central district employees today. (Sun-Times)
  • Educators used to use the “learning pyramid” to shape their teaching time. Not anymore. (Larry Cuban)
  • Pearson is cutting 4,000 jobs amid a shrinking college textbook market. The decline of PARCC testing can’t have helped. (Slate)
  • Los Angeles has used an algorithm to predict which kids might become criminals. (Pacific Standard)
  • What do big-city superintendents do every day? An answer from a district that just got a new one. (L.A. Times)
  • Look inside one effort to stem the chronic special education teacher shortage. (NPRed)
  • Teacher “sickouts” closed almost all Detroit public schools the day President Obama visited this week. (Free Press)
  • An inside look at Louisiana’s Common Core standards review, which has followed a now-familiar course. (Hechinger Report)
  • What school lunches look like for the children of professional chefs. (Bon Appetit)
  • In honor of Winter Storm Jonas, a reminder that snow day policy can say a lot about school districts’ priorities. (Chalkbeat)

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