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Teacher Dee Gilmore talks with two preschoolers at the Bal Swan Children's Center about tools.

Teacher Dee Gilmore talks with two preschoolers at the Bal Swan Children’s Center about tools.

Weekend Reads: Is selective admissions the “special sauce” for school improvement?

  • The principal of a school that North Carolina says showed no growth last year shares her side of the story. (EducationNC)
  • A teacher at the high-profile charter chain Success Academy was caught on film berating a first-grade student. (New York Times)
  • How guru teacher Doug Lemov is helping to build a better U.S. Soccer program. (The Atlantic)
  • The Gates Foundation’s new K-12 director is Bob Hughes, who has created, supported, and lobbied for schools in New York City. (Impatient Optimists)
  • Hughes was seen as a possible contender for New York City schools chief in 2013. (Chalkbeat)
  • What the Common Core looks like where the standards aren’t going anywhere: Department of Defense schools. (Hechinger Report)
  • A guide for educators who want to examine the unwritten rules that can make schools less equitable. (Practical Theory)
  • A Brooklyn school’s strategy to attract more middle-class students includes screening students by ability. (Chalkbeat)
  • A teacher’s take: Selective admission is the “secret sauce” that lets schools succeed. (NYC Educator)
  • And a new analysis suggests that gentrification fully drove test score gains in Washington, D.C. (Jay Greene)
  • D.C.’s much emulated teacher evaluation system is getting an overhaul — and resurrecting “value-added” scores. (Teacher Beat)
  • Leading presidential candidates mostly went to public school and sent their kids to private schools. (Politics K-12)
  • Ginger, Tilly, Dandelion, and Tiddlywink could be getting kicked out of pre-K in Colorado. Here’s why. (Chalkbeat)
  • With fewer members facing greater threats, Los Angeles’s teachers union is trying to raise dues. (L.A. Times)
  • KIPP wants you to know that it is educating Aaden Bereal, the 6-year-old costar of Beyonce’s “Formation” video. (KIPP LA Facebook)