A decision to replace large high schools with low graduation rates with smaller schools is paying off in New York City, the Associated Press reports… Also in the AP, select group of teachers is spending a week at the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, learning lessons to take back to their classrooms In Providence, R.I., school officials say they do not have enough money to meet pay raises from a union contract that was signed just last yeara situation that districts across the country are facing, the Providence Journal reports.
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Two Wisconsin districts are reviewing their enrollment and student identification policies after police say a gang member involved in a fatal shooting had enrolled under a fake name. But federal law precludes schools from demanding birth certificates or other proof of age, creating a quandary for schools in some situations, the Wisconsin State Journal reports Microsoft’s closely watched School of the Future has graduated its first class, with all 117 seniors making plans for some form of higher education, the Associated Press reports Also from the AP, a new law requires Hawaii schools to have at least 180 school days a year and prevents the state from shortening the school year because of budget cuts, as it did last year when it furloughed teachers and staff for 17 days… In Broward County, Fla., however, the school board faced angry teachers and community members as it finalized its plans for layoffs and furloughs, the Miami Herald reports.
It’s not students but their teachers who’ve been accused of cheating in a rash of scandals across the country, the New York Times reports Alabama’s superintendent announced that he will have economic experts calculate the state’s revenue losses due to the massive oil spill and will send BP a bill on behalf of the state’s schools, according to Birmingham’s NBC affiliate And in an effort to save money, Chicago is offering summer school courses online to students who failed classes during the regular school year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The recession’s effects continue to haunt states and school districts, but for the first time since 2007 states and local governments took in more money than they spent over a three-month period, USA Today reports. . Speaking of recession, more schools across the country are moving to four-day weeks to save money, says The Associated Press. And, in another budget-tightening move, the California State Senate voted to raise the earliest age at which children can start kindergarten by three months, a measure that could save the state $700 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. …
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) released the final document containing the common core standards today. Read more about the standards in this New York Times story and NSBA’s statement A New York school has been ordered by a federal judge to reinstate a student who was suspended for wearing a rosary, which school officials believe was a gang symbol, according to the Associated Press And in Michigan, teacher benefits, which may include free or low-cost health care and longevity bonuses, are coming under fire, the Detroit News reports. Meanwhile, a new contract gives D.C. teachers a 21.6 percent raise over the next five years along with major new performance requirements, according to the Washington Post.
At least nine states that had applied for the first round of Race to the Top funding have opted out of reapplying, mainly because of opposition from teachers’ unions or failed reform plans, according to the Associated Press. But the competition has spurred states to create a “flood” of bills to revamp their teacher tenure systems, the New York Times says The AP also reports that the conservative social studies curriculum recently adapted by the Texas Board of Education is unlikely to spread to textbooks nationwide, as many feared… And while some Dallas-area school districts have money in their reserves to cover next year’s budget shortfalls, some feel cuts are the best way to proceed, the Dallas Morning News reports.
A vote on the $23 billion education jobs fund was delayed indefinitely late Thursday as supporters worked to rally votes, the Associated Press reports. (Read NSBAs letter of support for the initiative, here) … Some schools are banning Silly Bandz, colorful rubber bracelets that some teachers say are too much of a distraction and even a safety hazard, according to USA Today… And in the Boston Globe, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says that No Child Left Behind has been a factor in students diminished knowledge of civics.
Economic segregation is increasing in U.S. public schools, as a new report by the Department of Education shows schools with high populations of poverty rising from 12 to 17 percent in the past eight years. Read the story in the Christian Science Monitor… First Lady Michelle Obama, basketball star Magic Johnson, filmmaker Spike Lee, and a host of federal and state lawmakers told thousands of Detroit students that they are the future of the blighted city and need to stay in school, according to the Detroit Free Press And in New Jersey, town councils are overturning tax-weary voters’ decisions to reject school budgets, the New York Times reports.
The Obama administration has endorsed the $23 billion education jobs bill, designed to avoid mass layoffs in the upcoming school year, according to the Washington Post… (NSBA has issued a call to action on this legislation, officially known as the “Keep Our Educators Working Act,” which could be voted on in the Senate as early as next week. Read more here.) …After a rauceous hearing, a New Jersey Senate committee has approved a voucher bill that could give up to 20,000 students up to $120,000 in public and private funds, according to the Bergen County Record Meanwhile, a new study by Harvard researchers shows that Florida’s class-size-reduction law has not impacted academic achievement, but still remains popular with parents who want their children to have more individual attention from their teachers, the St. Petersburg Times reports And a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center shows Hispanic high school dropouts are much less likely to earn General Educational Development credentials than their white or black counterparts, especially if they are immigrants.
One-third of college students take at least one remedial class in reading or math, and that statistic could thwart President Obama’s push for more students to receive college degrees, USA Today reports Child nutrition is a hot-button item in the White House and Capitol Hill this week, and TV host Rachael Ray put aside her usual chipper tone to tell lawmakers to put more money into the school lunch program for healthier meals, according to the New York Times (Read more on NSBA’s concerns about on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, currently under consideration, here)… And the “Big Read,” a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts is seeking to revitalize literature in American life. An in-depth feature story in the Washington Post details how city agencies are using the program to engage students.