January 24th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Detroit Free Press: At-risk youths who make it to college face obstacles
There are big challenges in front of high-risk students who get to colleges. Research shows that only 16% of students whose family incomes are under $30,000 graduate in six years.

The Baltimore Sun: State’s student homeless population doubles
The number of homeless students in Maryland has more than doubled over the past five years.  One homeless advocate says that school is the most stable environment for these kids.

ASCD: Educational Leadership: The Resourceful School: How you’re doing more with less
Teachers and administrators share ideas for making the most of resources during tough times.

Chicago Tribune: CPS to enact new policies on allergies, diabetes, asthma management
Chicago Public Schools plans to stock EpiPens and authorize school officials to give a shot to any student suffering a severe allergic reaction.

AZCentral.com: Arizona high schools may soon offer Bible classes
Legislation proposed by one state lawmaker would make Arizona the 6th state to offer high school elective classes on the Bible.

Five minute primer: School choice
January 24th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Five minute primer: School choice

By John Martin, CNN

More than likely, when you were growing up there were three education options: your neighborhood public school, private school, and maybe homeschooling. Since the early 1990s, the options have expanded to include virtual schools, charter schools and school vouchers, among others. Those are the kinds of options being celebrated by the organizers of National School Choice Week through more than 300 events around the country this week. More than 25 governors have issued proclamations supporting School Choice Week in their states.

School choice is a multi-faceted concept that encompasses several education options, including the ability to enroll a student in a charter school, online school, homeschool or to receive school vouchers. If you've heard these terms before, you know that there is a debate over these options. If you’ve got five minutes, here’s a primer that will help to break down some of the components of school choice. FULL POST

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