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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Gates Foundation Flounders

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Gates Foundation Flounders

Gates Foundation Flounders

An interesting article from Geek Wire which itself comes from one in Non-Profit Quarterly in August of this year.  I loved the NPQ title:

Why Smart People (at the Gates Foundation) Can’t Learn

An article in the latest World Development Journal finds that staff at the Gates Foundation have trouble making effective grants because they are all trying so hard to be the smartest guy in the room.
The article examines the organizational culture of the foundation’s Agriculture Developmental program and finds that its heavy emphasis on strategic planning distracts from the practices on the ground from which they might learn and build. Specifically, it “abstracts away from smallholder farmers’ sociocultural worlds and relies on a generalizable set of development solutions.” The “bright, high achievers” on staff end up learning to manage up to Bill, presumably the alpha smartest-guy-in-the-room, instead of Continue reading: 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Gates Foundation Flounders

DeVos accuses senator of sending 'completely false' tweet - POLITICO

DeVos accuses senator of sending 'completely false' tweet - POLITICO

DeVos accuses senator of sending 'completely false' tweet

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday lashed out at Sen. Patty Murray on Twitter, accusing her of sending a "completely false" tweet and acting "unbecoming and irresponsible."

DeVos' tweet came in the form of a reply to a tweet Monday night by Murray (D-Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate HELP Committee.

Murray said in her tweet that DeVos wants to "weaken student protections so— an unmarried mother may be denied admission, a woman could be thrown out for using birth control & an LGBTQ student could be subjected to cruel punishment at school. This is unacceptable." Murray linked to a press release from her office criticizing draft Department of Education proposals for overhauling Title IX rules for schools handling sexual harassment allegations.

DeVos, in turn, tweeted today: "This is completely false and you know it, @PattyMurray. It’s also unbecoming and irresponsible of a U.S. Senator to sow fear and falsehood. Our efforts will restore #DueProcess and support all students, including survivors."

DeVos has said the Obama-era rules the department is replacing “failed too many students” and lacked due process for the accused.

DeVos and Murray have frequently sparred since DeVos was nominated to the position last year. DeVos' handling of civil rights issue has been a particularly contentious issue. DeVos has said the department has taken steps to streamline and more fairly handle claims, while Democrats have accused her of stripping away students' civil rights.

DeVos accuses senator of sending 'completely false' tweet - POLITICO

"Policing Our Students" Report Points to New Directions for School Discipline - LA Progressive

"Policing Our Students" Report Points to New Directions for School Discipline - LA Progressive

“Policing Our Students” Report Points to New Directions for School Discipline

Policing Our Students Report

s a follow-on research project to its celebrated Million Dollar Hoods project, a research team led by UCLA Professor Kelly-Lytle Hernandez has released its “Policing-Our-Students” report, which documents the disparate impact Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) policing has on students of color.
Also led by Terry Allen, Isaac Bryan, and Andrew Teng, the Million Dollar Hoods team demonstrates that between 2014 and 2017, LASPD issued 24% of its arrests, citations, and diversions to black students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, even though those students represented less than 9% of the district’s total student population.
By contrast, Latinx students represented 74% of the student body and had 71% LASPD involvement, white students represented 10% of the student body and had 3% LASPD involvement, and “other” students represented 8% of the student body and had 2% of LASPD involvement.

Positive conditions for learning and safety do not exist when Black students are disproportionately subject to contact with law enforcement

“This racial disproportionately in contact with L.A. School Police disrupts opportunities to learn for black students,” says Terry Allen, a division lead and also a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA. “Contact with law enforcement can also impair mental health and well-being, induce trauma, erode trust in the criminal justice system, and negatively impact educational achievement, advancement, and subsequent attainment.”
“Positive conditions for learning and safety do not exist when Black students are disproportionately subject to contact with law enforcement,” Allen continues. “Schools must be wary that learning and safety are not comprised as they pursue approaches to reducing contact with law Continue reading: "Policing Our Students" Report Points to New Directions for School Discipline - LA Progressive

Miseducation | ProPublica

Miseducation | ProPublica


Is There Racial Inequality at Your School?

Based on civil rights data released by the U.S. Department of Education, ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline. Look up more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools and 17,000 districts to see how they compare with their counterparts. About Our Data Related Story Local Stories
Compare student access to opportunities and discipline on average, across states. Click on each state for full details.
District Of Columbia90%77%69%1.5x11.7x
Hawaii87%50%83%Not AvailableNot Available
Idaho24%47%80%Not AvailableNot Available
Montana21%45%86%Not AvailableNot Available
New Hampshire14%28%88%Not AvailableNot Available
New Jersey53%38%90%2.5x5.4x
New Mexico76%72%71%Not AvailableNot Available
New York55%49%80%2.1x2.6x
North Carolina51%57%86%2.6x3.3x
North Dakota22%31%88%
Less Likely
Oregon37%50%75%Not AvailableNot Available
Rhode Island41%47%83%1.3x3x
South Carolina49%60%83%3.2x2.9x
South Dakota25%42%84%1.3x4x
Utah24%36%85%Not AvailableNot Available
West Virginia10%49%90%1.1x2.5x
Wyoming22%37%80%Not AvailableNot Available

Notes: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights occasionally updates the underlying dataset. ProPublica may update the interactive’s data in response.
Disparity scores are not available if there are too few students in a specific racial group to make a statistically significant calculation. They are also not available if data about a particular racial group was not reported. Some schools or districts reported an overcount of students in a disparity category (such as suspensions or AP courses) when compared with the total enrollment of that particular student group. In such cases, we also omit the disparity score.
Additional development by Mike Tigas and Sisi Wei. Additional data analysis by Jeff Ernsthausen and Ryann Grochowski Jones.