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What We’re Reading This Week: December 28, 2018

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

The Year the Gun Conversation Changed 

The Atlantic 

“The growing number of mass shootings and domestic violence homicides, as well as the devastation wrought by guns in urban communities, has culminated in a surging pressure to address this epidemic.” 

 

What Worked (and Didn’t) This Year: 10 Lessons From Education Research to Take Into 2019 

Chalkbeat 

“A few important caveats apply: Sometimes, policies affect some measures but not others. And just because a policy works one place doesn’t mean it will succeed elsewhere.” 

 

Spending, Guns, and That DeVos Interview: 10 Big Federal Policy Stories of 2018 

Education Week 

“From a list of some of our most-read stories from Politics K-12, and one more from one of our fellow Education Week reporters, we selected 10 pieces that really resonated with our audience.” 

 

Schools Need to Step Up to Fight a Rise in Suicides Among Black Children 

The Hechinger Report 

“Suicides are not a failure of youth’s ability to cope as much as they are a catastrophe of adults’ inability to respond.” 

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or the Crisis Text Line—text TALK to 741741—are free, 24-hour services that can provide support, information and resources.

How a Crackdown on MS-13 Caught Up Innocent High School Students 

The New York Times 

“The Trump administration went after gang members — and instead destroyed the American dreams of immigrant teenagers around the country.”