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These are recent articles and books I have been reading about making our communities, schools and families stronger.
Here is the 2015 State of Texas Children report which contains both health and education data.

Mike Norman's article on TX school finance helps a lot  https://bitly.com/shorten/

Joel Boyd on why teacher evaluation can't use standardized tests

Major new study on school reform points pathway for FWISD:  http://nyti.ms/1qXEdXN 

Here's the NYTimes' story on the SAT.  Very important.  

Diane Ravitch's new book Reign of Error identifies the failures of high stakes testing and lays out what needs to be done to improve our schools.Diane Ravitch's new book Reign of Error identifies the failures of high stakes testing and lays out what needs to be done to improve our schools.

US Schools are doing much better; this quick reference makes it clear.

Here is a major article about the growing problems of inner-city schools.

Cooperation with parents and negative consequences for bad behavior are critical for maintaining discipline in inner city classrooms, says this dissertation.

From the Smithsonian:  Why are Finland's Schools Successful?  

Important information about the impact of stress on children's learning and health.  Read Paul Tough's article here

Many claims re reform are wrong.  See this .

The percentage of high-achieving students in the U.S. (and Texas!) is too low!  Read Eric Hanushek's analysis in "Your Child Left Behind"

Major new study on "fragile families," where children are born to unmarried parents.  Includes policy recommendations.  Link

Value-added education comes into its own.  The Los Angeles Times breaks open the answer to teacher evaluation.  Here is the series.  

On improving our profession--New York Times' major article on building a better teacher.  Lemov's new book, Teach like a Champion, just came out 3/28.  Also, don't miss Jay Matthew's Work Hard, Be Nice, about the KIPP program.

On the need for Sports during school.  It improves grades, reduces suspensions, says Education Week here.

On our economic future.  "How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America" from the Atlantic Monthly, March 


On Diabetes.  Southwest HS student Johnny Trinh's paper alerts Ms. Roque of daughter's disease.  Here's the paper

On fixing urban Schools. 
Eggers, Dave, TED address on setting up tutoring centers.  Why can't we do this?  

Brooks, David, "The Harlem Miracle."  NYTimes, May 8, 2009. Tells the success of programs in Harlem, Houston and other places of programs to bring inner-city children into the mainstream.  

Tough, Paul.  Whatever it Takes:  Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America.  ISBN 978-0-618-56989-2.  The book about Harlem.  Contains information about Houston also.

On the different needs of boys and girls.
Leonard Sax, Why Gender Matters:  What Parents and Teachers need to know . . .  ISBN 0-7679-1625-5.  Interesting thoughts regarding boy/girl learning and interests.

On modern families, especially those with limited resources.
Eden, Kathryn and Kefalas, Maria.  Promises I can Keep:  Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.  Seminal study of poor women in Philadelphia.

Hymowitz, Kay S., Marriage and Caste in America.  "The best single book on the damage being done to our nation by the explosion of divorce and nonmarital births since the 1960s."--Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution.

On the value of classes to produce more effective parents.  Several urban school systems have secured foundation money to train parents, with good results.

On the needs of our brightest students.
 Loveless, Tom and Petrilli, Michael J.  Smart Child Left Behind.  Also there is a conversation about it in the blog Gifted Exchange.

On libraries.
Google's founder writes about making books available on line in A Library to Last Forever.

On the Role of Community Colleges.  
Brooks, David.  "No Size Fits All."  NYTimes, July 16, 2009.  Lauds community colleges for all.
Keller, Johs.  "At transfer time, thousands of students [in California] hit a dead end." Community College transfer capability must remain a centerpiece of Texas' educational system--not only for children taking courses while still in high school, but for them to enroll in junior and senior level college courses at public universities after they complete community college.

On the need to improve school completion.
Sun, Andrew, and others.  "The Consequences of Dropping out of High School:  Joblessness and Jailing for High School Dropouts and the High Cost for Taxpayers"  Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, October 2009. 

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Also:  For those concerned about international poverty and its solutions, I recommend the compelling new book by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression inbto Opportunity for Women Worldwide.  This is the most important book on extreme poverty since Jeffrey Sachs' 2005 book, The End of Poverty:  Economic Possibilities for Our Time.
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