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Liz Willen

Dear reader,

As this unsettled school year comes to a close, an issue that predates the pandemic remains stubbornly unsolvable: the staggering disparities in how much parent groups raise for their children’s schools. Can a gap that arises from uneven state and federal funding possibly be narrowed? This week, Hechinger staff writer Neal Morton takes us deep inside two Seattle communities that are trying. How is it working?

Like much in education, it’s complicated. We also take a look at how the nation’s child care industry is faring a year into the pandemic, and at a fascinating new effort by teachers who are researching and measuring how their students learned this year. Reply to this email to share your stories with our newsroom. We love hearing from readers.  

Liz Willen, Editor
 
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Main Idea 

Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

PTAs didn’t always focus on fundraising. But as bake sales evolved into Tesla raffles among wealthy families, some parents have raised the idea of redistributing parent donations between affluent and high-poverty schools.
Reading List 

PROOF POINTS: A new experiment in turning classrooms into laboratories

A Schmidt Futures-backed effort lets teachers test their intuition about what works best for their students.


OPINION: Why are no-excuses schools moving beyond no excuses?

Charter networks like KIPP, Noble and Achievement First rethink strict discipline.


One year later, child care closures aren’t as bad as feared— but long-term issues still loom

New data show 3 percent of child care centers have closed permanently from the pandemic.


OPINION: The pandemic is wreaking havoc on the path to and from college

President Biden’s proposal for free community college thankfully includes much-needed support for low-income students.
Solutions 
"Alabama school district sees ‘overwhelming' need to teach ESL learners," AL.com

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