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Here are some interesting articles we received and discovered this past week…


New Teachers Often Get the Students Who are Furthest Behind — and That’s a Problem for Both

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Being a new teacher is notoriously difficult — and schools often make it even tougher.

New research out of Los Angeles finds that teachers in their first few years end up in classrooms with more struggling students and in schools with fewer experienced colleagues, making their introduction to teaching all the more challenging.

The differences between the environments of new teachers and their more experienced teachers are generally small, but they appear to matter for both students and teachers. The tougher assignments hurt new teachers’ performance and their career trajectories — and mean that students who are the furthest behind are being taught by the least experienced educators.

It’s a long-standing issue that states and districts have struggled to address and that concerns civil rights groups.


The latest study is notable in scope, looking at a decade of data on teachers in the country’s second-largest school district. The researchers compared newer teachers to teachers who had been in the classroom for six years or more, from the 2007-08 school year until 2016-17.

They found that first-year teachers served more struggling students — those who started the year with lower test scores, lower grades, and higher suspension and absence rates — than more experienced teachers. The differences were small but consistent.

Novice middle and high school teachers were also more likely to work with students learning English (7 percentage points more), students from low-income families (6 percentage points), and students with disabilities (1 percentage point). And it’s not just a first-year effect: the results generally hold for teachers in years two through five.

This isn’t simply because younger teachers work in entirely different schools. Often, novice teachers are serving more disadvantaged students than their veteran colleagues down the hall.

District Deeds Synopsis:

An excellent article.

Based on District Deeds discussions with San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Principals and Teachers, the SDUSD is basically a microcosm of the Los Angeles Unified study…with an additional Marten twist:

teachers in their first few years end up in classrooms with more struggling students and in schools with fewer experienced colleagues, making their introduction to teaching all the more challenging.

When you add the toxic work environment created by the toxic Elementary School Superintendent (ESS) Cindy Marten and the annual layoffs due to Marten’s budget mismanagement, the neediest Students in the neediest SDUSD schools have an endless supply of inexperienced Teachers from K through 12.

Neediest Students + Inexperienced Teachers + Toxic Workplace =

The Incompetent ESS Cindy Marten Vision 2030 Disaster

How AI Can Help Prevent School Shootings

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When children die in mass shootings at their schools, which are supposed to be safe havens of learning, the need to find solutions to these atrocities is urgent.

Schools, universities, parents, and students everywhere are trying to understand why this kind of thing happens and how it could be prevented from happening in the first place.

And they are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence-backed solutions to help find answers and solutions.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an obvious way to bring scientific analysis to the puzzle of students turning on their friends and teachers in the most destructive way.


Shreya Nallapati, a high school student in Colorado used her knowledge of AI to start #NeverAgainTech after 17 student deaths in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

She and others are collaborating to create an AI application that can analyze the wide range of data associated with school shootings, including demographic and other information about past shooters, and information about the availability of guns, particularly in the states that have seen mass shootings at schools.

The goal is to use technologies like predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to study mass shootings to better understand what leads to it and how to prevent similar events hopefully. The software they develop will be made available to schools and law enforcement agencies.

Scientists from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are looking at automated risk assessment to prevent school violence. This approach looks at early warning signs of impending violence.

The team recently published research that found that machine learning algorithms were as good as a team of child and adolescent psychiatrists at assessing the risk of violent behavior.

District Deeds Synopsis:

Reading this article gave us hope that AI based research and development could make our schools safer.

We can only hope that there will soon be an AI implant that can be used to upgrade the grossly incompetent SDUSD Superintendent Marten and Board of Education including Tricky Dick Barrera.

Fortunately Marten, Barrera, Beiser, Evans, Payne, and McQuary are already 95% artificial so adding AI should be a breeze!!!

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

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Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it, full stop. If anything, the largest-ever college admissions scandal proves that colleges actually need more affirmative action, now, more than ever. Believe it or not, Black and Latino students are less represented at top colleges and universities than they were almost 40 years ago.

According to Ed Trust’s research on race-conscious admissions, the nation’s most elite research universities have an undergraduate student population that is less than 7 percent Black and 11 percent Latino. In other words, White privilege is still fully intact, while students of color are striving to catch up. There are so many myths about affirmative action, like it’s higher education’s bogeyman somehow responsible for all of society’s ills.

But the ugly truth is now exposed: Wealthy White kids have always had the upper hand. This is exactly why students of color and those from low-income families need a leg up. Diverse campuses, both racially and socioeconomically, are what colleges should be striving to be as true engines of social mobility and to better reflect America’s changing population.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This article provides a very strong case was made for Affirmative Action in colleges.

District Deeds believes that the same logic needs to be applied to the SDUSD Schools but, as usual, the elitist SDUSD Superintendent and Board are pushing in the OPPOSITE direction.

District Deeds calls this phenomena SDUSD Affirmative PREVENTION!

Instead of encouraging Families of color to send their Students to the highest performing SDUSD schools, they PREVENT that educational opportunity by putting roadblocks in the way of those families of color every year by:

In the SDUSD, these Choice reduction policies created and enforced by the elitist Marten “White Woman Mafia” and Board of Education, ensure that only the students that are considered “racially and socioeconomically” acceptable are able to attend the top SDUSD schools.

What a preventable disgrace!

Now for our Quote of the Week:

“To abandon affirmative action is to say there is nothing more to be done about discrimination.”  – Coretta Scott King

Have a great week!!!



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