States are cutting hundreds of millions from their prekindergarten budgets, undermining years of working to help young children particularly poor kids get ready for school, the Associated Press reports After allegations of widespread cheating on standardized test, a new report largely vindicates the Atlanta school system, according to the New York Times And education historian and author Diane Ravitch discusses the lack of accountability and other pitfalls created by mayoral control in a column for the Washington Post. (Let NSBA know your reaction to the article on Board Buzz)
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Georgia’s prekindergarten and HOPE scholarship programs face massive cuts as state officials predict a shortfall of more than $550 million in lottery revenue in the next two years, the Associated Press reports The Arizona Republic finds that as the school year begins, some schools in the state are reporting lower numbers of students, likely because of the fear of new immigration laws Meanwhile, Las Vegas school officials will be watching to see if their school enrollment increases due to Hispanics leaving Arizona, according to the Las Vegas Sun. (Read more about issues related to immigration and diversity in American School Board Journal‘s September 2008 special report).
Teens with ADHD are much more likely to drop out of school than their nondisabled peers. Health Day interviews the authors of a new study who says schools must find ways to meet these students’ needs… In this digital age, students are having a hard time grasping that copying words they did not write for school assignments amounts to plagiarism, the New York Times reports Lunch ladies are learning new culinary skills to meet the growing demands for more nutritious school foods, according to the Associated Press And on the same topic, First Lady Michelle Obama writes for the Washington Post about why she supports the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. (Read NSBA’s viewpoint on the legislation in this School Board News story).
USA Today examines a move to pump more money into innovative education products and help more entrepreneurs break into the education market An advocacy group in Indiana reports a 26 percent increase in the state’s number of students who are homeless, echoing a national trend, according to the Courier-Journal… And the Wake County, N.C. school board is discussing a “controlled choice” student assignment plan that could help alleviate tensions between those looking to keep economic diversity and those wanting neighborhood schools, according to the News Observer.
The Hechinger Report has put together a comprehensive online resource on the round-two finalists in the Department of Education’s Race to the Top grant competition. The package includes an interactive map and a question-and-answer feature with Delaware’s education secretary The Washington Post reports that President Obama’s education agenda is provoking states to enact reforms but “hitting a wall in Congress” And the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidance on head lice, advising schools to abandon their “no nit” policies and allow students with head lice to come to class.
Civil rights leaders are criticizing the Obama administration’s plans for reforming low-performing schools and closing the achievement gap. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with leaders of the NAACP and other groups yesterday, USA Today reports Common Core standards are an issue in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, with one candidate slamming Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to replace the state’s highly regarded standards with the Common Core standards, according to the Boston Globe And following up on a previous story, the Beverly Hills, Calif., school board is moving ahead with plans to oust most of their students who live outside their boundaries, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The NBC network will host an “education summit” in September, complete with education and political leaders and interactive classrooms in its stdios and on Rockefeller Plaza in New York, according to the Associated Press The AP also reports that a “fear of resegregation” is driving some community members and educators to protest the Wake County, N.C., school board’s decision to eliminate a school-assignment policy based on students’ socio-economic levels… And the Los Angeles Times hosts a provocative online debate on bilingual education and the assimilation of Hispanic students.
New research by the Department of Education shows that drug testing in high schools has no effect on an individuals’ decision to use illegal drugs later in life. In an article by USA Today, NSBA General Counsel Francisco M. Negron Jr. discusses the legal implications for schools and drug testing As the Center for Education Policy releases a report that shows mass teacher layoff are still looming, the Chicago Tribune reports an “extraordinary” number of teachers in Chicago-area schools earn $100,000 or more And two students who tripped a sprinkler system while playing soccer in a hallway at a high school in Arlington, Va., might have to reimburse the school’s insurance company for part of the $150,000 repair bill, as it’s not uncommon for insurance companies to pursue a party deemed negligent for damages, according to the Washington Post.
Loss of funding and momentum for anti-tobacco campaigns will mean the U.S. will not meet its 2010 goal of cutting high school smoking to 16 percent, reports the New York Times. At its annual meeting, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told union members the last two years were the toughest she’d seen in education and said she felt betrayed by the Obama administration for its stance on several issues, including the recent mass firing at a Rhode Island high school, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Utah lawmakers will begin reexamining 12th grade, perhaps joining 10 states set to test an early graduation program developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy that would allow sophomores to skip the last two years of high school if they proved college ready, writes the Salt Lake Tribune. Current and former Detroit students will have an opportunity earn some money and learn new carpentry, masonry and electrical skills this summer through a nine-week apprentice program that puts them to work on construction sites funded through a $500.5 million capital improvement bond approved last fall, the Detroit Free Press writes. Finally, Paul Miller, 93, was honored by Baltimore county officials for his 75th year of teaching. Miller has taught at various community and private colleges in the Baltimore area, but has spent the past 51 years at the Ner Israel High School teaching advanced math. And he has no plans of retiring, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Education headlines: Detroit joins other urban districts in trying teacher-run schools as part of education reform efforts
Detroit Public Schools will follow other sites in Boston, Denver, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles that have employed teacher run and operated schools. In addition to not having a principal, the Detroit school, set to open this fall, will be able to make operational and instructional decisions autonomously of the central office and other bureaucracy, according to the Detroit Free Press.
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has signaled she wants to incorporate more standardized tests in the classroom, eventually assessing every student from kindergarten to 12th grade on core subjects as often as every six to eight weeks, the Washington Post reported.
As violence continues to escalate in Mexico’s drug war, many schools across the country are teaching students’ survival skills like how to dive to the floor during a shootout and why posting video and photos online of crime in action are not a good idea, USA TODAY wrote.
Finally, Clark County School District, in what is a looming trend in education, finds itself making more and more accommodations, from buying special equipment to moving staff into less strenuous positions, to account for its aging workforce, according to the Las Vegas Sun.