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Bring Me A Book: Home

Bring Me A Book: Home | Public Education | Scoop.it
Bring Me A Book® (BMAB), a 501(c)(3) award winning literacy nonprofit, is committed to ensuring that ALL children are exposed to high quality children’s literature during the first years of their lives.
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Bring Me a Book recently won google's impact challenge. Nonprofits entered and the winners received a $500,00 grant. Bring Me a Book works to bring books to low-income families. They also have a program called Digital4Literacy which gives kids access to books digitally, often in multiple languages and within a supportive online community. 

"Over three years, Bring Me a Book will expand to create a literacy ecosystem in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties for 432 preschoolers and their families, providing them with up to 40,000 eBooks and learning apps."

 
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In New Orleans, traditional public schools close for good

In New Orleans, traditional public schools close for good | Public Education | Scoop.it
Major school district, devastated by 2005 hurricane, shifts entirely to charter schools, the first to do so.
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The last typical public school in New Orleans Recovery School District, closes for good this month. The school district will be entirely made up of charter schools. This is the first school district in the US to be 100% charter schools. While charter schools are typically "better" schools, there are less spaces for students (lottery for admission) and less jobs for teachers. 

"White students disproportionately attend the best charter schools, while the worst are almost exclusively populated by African American students."

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Rose Paratore's comment, June 4, 2014 11:36 AM
This is interesting because I can really relate actually. My elementary school was very close to closing down due to budget costs, but it actually ended up staying open (yay).
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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Donate $120 Million To California Schools

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Donate $120 Million To California Schools | Public Education | Scoop.it
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The couple's gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest alloca...
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Mark Zuckerbeg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan have donated $120 million to CA public schools. The money will be distributed incrementally over the next 5 years. The money will focusing on improving grade transitions, technology, and teacher/principal training. While this is a very generous gift, I don't believe it is just an immediate solution. In order for the money to be effective, it must be distributed slowly and consciously, focusing on where the money is needed most. 

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Segregation 2.0: America's school-to-prison pipeline

Segregation 2.0: America's school-to-prison pipeline | Public Education | Scoop.it
The school-to-prison pipeline is once again teaching children of color that they are indeed separate, and certainly not equal.
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Basic information about school-to-prision pipeline and segregation in US public schools. "While white children have become victims of the school-to-prison pipeline, it is students of color who feel its effects most harshly."

The effects of segregation in schools and how black students are disproportionally effected by the zero-tolerance programs.

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Tessa and Sigi's comment, May 22, 2014 11:35 PM
I've noticed this racist mentality even at schools in the Bay Area. Oftentimes students of color (especially black students) are deemed "problem" children and have extra supervision (hired adults who help monitor the child's behavior) and/or are sent the the principals office more often than they should.
Amy Argenal's comment, June 20, 2014 4:41 PM
WOW!
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California's high school graduation rate passes 80% for first time

California's high school graduation rate passes 80% for first time | Public Education | Scoop.it
For the first time in California history, the high school graduation rate has surpassed 80%, mirroring a trend nationwide, officials announced Monday.
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The graduation rate in CA passes 80% for the first time, but there are still discrepancies. The graduation rates for African-American and Latino students have risen, but not significantly. Additionally, "1 in 4 Latino students are still not graduating from high school." The new funding that is allocated towards disadvantaged students is supposedly responsible for the increasing graduation rates. The segregation in schools is also an ever-present issue. 

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Rose Paratore's comment, June 4, 2014 11:40 AM
This article is a bit hard to wrap my head around because we go to a very progressive private school, so I cannot imagine only 80% of my graduating class passing, whereas at this school being looked at, 80% is an all time high. There needs to be more awareness I think so we can all help the situation
Eli Dinkelspiel's comment, June 4, 2014 2:14 PM
Lol get rekt other states.
Amy Argenal's comment, June 20, 2014 4:42 PM
While the stats are shocking, I appreciate the post of a positive shift.
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California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance

California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance | Public Education | Scoop.it
Schools on the east side of Fresno County are already feeling the impact of California’s ongoing drought. Education officials from the Kings Canyon
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Because of the drought in CA, many Central Valley families are forced to relocate. Families who work in agriculture are finding it difficult to get work in the Central Valley area. As the schools lose more students, they also risk losing funding. Not only does this negatively effect the school district, but it also hurts the students who are forced to relocate. They enter schools where they don't know the teachers and any bonds at their previous school are severed, as are strides in learning. 

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Supervisors want to make San Francisco better for kids, families

Supervisors want to make San Francisco better for kids, families | Public Education | Scoop.it
San Francisco's most liberal supervisors don't only want to expand the city's Children's Fund to 18-to 24-year-olds: They're also looking to give more young children early education opportunities and create a new council to advise the city on the needs of children and famili
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SF supervisors looks to improve and expand early child education opportunities and resources. Also provide aid with family planning. 

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Dozens Of Bay Area Schools Receive California Distinguished Schools Award - CBS San Francisco

Dozens Of Bay Area Schools Receive California Distinguished Schools Award - CBS San Francisco | Public Education | Scoop.it
The state Department of Education announced the recipients of the prestigious award for public elementary schools today, and nearly a quarter of them are in the Bay Area.
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Many schools in the Bay Area receive awards. The awards are for schools that have demonstrated  "efforts to narrow the academic achievement gaps between students." The schools will share their strategies and practices with other schools. 

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What is a Charter School? | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Charter Schools in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey | Uncommon Schools

What is a Charter School? | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Charter Schools in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey | Uncommon Schools | Public Education | Scoop.it
What is a charter school? A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance.
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A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The "charter" establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

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Interactive: See the state's best performing public schools - The Sacramento Bee

Interactive: See the state's best performing public schools - The Sacramento Bee | Public Education | Scoop.it
These schools have test scores that put them in the top 2 percent in California.
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Interactive map, based on test scores, showing the highest performing public elementary schools in CA. The Bay Area schools have the highest test scores. Nearly all of the highest scoring schools are in wealthy neighborhoods.

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Sam Silvestri's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:21 PM

I want to learn more about what makes the test scores higher? Is it in the water? the teachers? the location?

 

What do you think? 

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Poverty Is Not a State of Mind

Poverty Is Not a State of Mind | Public Education | Scoop.it
There is a poisonous view among some conservatives that the poor are deficient in character, not cash.
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A powerful opinion piece about poverty in general in the US. The author takes on the rhetoric of politicians around poverty. Rarely does poverty have anything too do with lack of values or willpower and wealthy people are not necessarily "better" or harder workers. This relates to education in that the public education is very flawed and that the disadvantages of poorer people are largely systemic. 

 

 "Poverty is a demanding, stressful, depressive and often violent state. No one seeks it; they are born or thrust into it"

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 28, 2014 1:10 AM
This is a really powerful article! I am glad you scooped it! Just this morning, there was a piece on poverty and housing. Here it is..http://www.npr.org/2014/05/27/316110665/lack-of-affordable-housing-puts-the-squeeze-on-poor-families
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Violence In Schools: How Big A Problem Is It?

Violence In Schools: How Big A Problem Is It? | Public Education | Scoop.it
The recent school shooting rampage in Ohio has once again focused national attention on the issue of student violence. But experts say such high-profile incidents overshadow an important trend: Overall, violent crime in U.S. schools has fallen significantly since the early 1990s.
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Studies show that students are "safer and more secure" on school campuses. After-school programs and the decreasing "Zero-Tolerance" programs are actually helping students. Simply strict and disciplines schools are not necessarily better for students. Fostering a supportive and protective environment in schools helps kids. Simply expelling students only hurts them and does not get to the root of the root of the problem.

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Still apart: Map shows states with most-segregated schools

Still apart: Map shows states with most-segregated schools | Public Education | Scoop.it
School segregation is still widespread in America's schools, even 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling, according to a report released today by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
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This map shows the most segregated schools for black students in the US. 60 years since  Brown vs. Board of Education and still there are huge discrepancies in the race of students at public schools. Even though "segregation by race is unconstitutional," it is still a widespread issue in the US. 

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California Republicans Vote to Restore ‘Bilingual Education’ … Could Be Last Nail

California Republicans Vote to Restore ‘Bilingual Education’ … Could Be Last Nail | Public Education | Scoop.it
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The Senate Education Committee had a unanimous vote to put Prop 227 on the June ballot. This Prop. would restore "bilingual education" in CA public schools. 

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 28, 2014 1:24 AM
This is really interesting as San Francisco and Berkeley do have bilingual schools. It would be great to have more though!
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SF teachers ask for first pay raise in five years

SF teachers ask for first pay raise in five years | Public Education | Scoop.it
As the San Francisco Unified School District budget continues to dig out from the recession, public-school teachers are asking for their first pay raise in...
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SF teachers ask for pay raise because of the increasing living costs in the city. Many teachers are left with no choice but to move out of SF because they can't afford rent with their salaries. This is interesting because it brings in two separate issues: gentrification and public education. 

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San Francisco parents raise private funds to support public school

San Francisco parents raise private funds to support public school | Public Education | Scoop.it
Steve Sacks is the PTA President at Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley. He takes a lot of pride in this small school and the education it provides
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At Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley, the PTA is funding programs for the school. Since the SFUSD provides little per-student funding, the PTA uses money raised from auctions (tens and thousands of dollars) to buy curriculum for the school. The school depends on the funding from the PTA in order to survive. Even though Gov. Jerry Brown is promising more money to CA schools, the PTA is not going to stop raising money to improve the school. 

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