PBS and the Denver Post Do Race, Class, and Closing Achievement Gaps
School reform efforts in places like
You might think you know all this already, but you probably don't. And it's not too late to watch big chunks of the show -- on the Internet. Really -- it works.
Sure, it’s highly-polished and balanced to within an inch of anyone’s ability to watch it, and sure it includes some obvious choices like the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and NYC’s now-defunct District 2. (The film also profiles schools using SFA, Comer, KIPP, and HSTW.)
But it isn’t just a feel-good exercise, and it isn’t just a school here or a school there. Writes Smith about the project: “I was interested in finding school models or school districts that were being carried out at scale, affecting tens of thousands of students and hundreds of schools.” One of my favorite parts of the website is called "Yes, we want reform, but..."
Some of the coverage the show has generated includes the Louisville Courier Journal (about
One of my favorite parts of the website is called "Yes, we want reform, but..."
On a related note, t
On a related note, there’s a great series in the Denver Post this week about achievement gaps and poverty. The gist, far as I’ve read so far? It doesn’t have to be this way. Schools that erase gap say key is to never settle, Poverty doesn't rule test scores, and more.
In the meantime, recent articles about economic integration in
Last but not least, the National Center on the Study of Privatization in Education asks the question
Last but not least, the National Center on the Study of Privatization in Education asks the questionDoes Sschool Choice Lead to Greater Segregation? (via Jimmy K).