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Articles in the Announcements category

Education headlines: Education Department announces 10 RTTT winners

Nine states and the District of Columbia are the second-round winners in the federal Race to the Top grants competition. According to the Associated Press, the winning states are: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. There is $3.4 billion left in the fund, which is granted to states for innovative reforms, after Delaware and Tennessee won grants in the first round.

Read more about the winners and view the official announcement from the U.S. Department of Education on Aug. 24 at the department’s website.

To help track the stimulus spending, the Education Writers Association has debuted a new website,

Joetta Sack-Min|August 24th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Student Achievement, School Board News|

Education headlines: Teach for America growing in size, influence

The increasing number of Teach for America recruits means that the program will play a bigger role in school reform efforts, the Washington Post reports… As Los Angeles opens the most expensive school building on record—a K-12 campus on the former site of the famed Ambassador Hotel—some are questioning whether school construction tabs that run into the hundreds of millions are worth the price, according to USA Today (the Post also features a photo slideshow of the new $578 million school)… And while school districts in Texas are grappling with new policies to deal with the growth of social media, Seattle’s school board has a new policy that will punish students for disruptive postings, even if they are posted at home, according to the Post-Intelligencer.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Making sense of the new ACT scores

A report on the ACT college-entrance exam scores this week showed a slight dip in the average scores, but also showed that more students are taking the exam and are equipped for college-level work. The means high schools are doing a better job of preparing students to succeed in higher education even as a larger and more diverse student population expects to go on to college, according to an analysis by Jim Hull at NSBA’s Center for Public Education. Read more about the results in this Associated Press story.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 20th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Will districts spend Education Jobs funds this year?

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers support for the Los Angeles Times‘ story and database linking teachers’ performance to student test scores… With the economic outlook weakening, some school districts are holding on to their Education Jobs Fund allocations for next year, the New York Times reports… Even as Michigan school officials fiercely resist pressures to consolidate, more districts are pooling resources or finding ways to share services and employees to cope with tight budgets, the Kalamazoo Gazette says… And if you thought your last school board race was tough, the Associated Press reports on a school board candidate in South Carolina whose race was cut short after his dog chewed up the petition to join the ballot, with 200 signatures.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 18th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: N.J. school boards debate closure for religious holidays

A disproportionate amount of federal turnaround funds are headed to high schools, an area where there is little research on how to improve achievement, according to the Hechinger Report… About 10 school districts in New Jersey have decided to close during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The decision to close schools for such holidays can put school boards in a quandary, the Star-Ledger reports… And the Washington Post covers a new teacher orientation day in the District of Columbia, where Chancellor Michelle Rhee tells the new recruits, “I feel really, really bad for you”—with a hint of a smile.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 12th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Education headlines: Inexperienced firms vying for turnaround funds

Dozens of companies with little or no experience in schools are jockeying to get a share of the billions of dollars the Obama administration has set aside for turning around failing schools, the New York Times reports… A new study shows that many Hispanic parents are struggling to communicate with their children’s schools and have a hard time helping on tasks such as homework, the Associated Press reports… And the Arizona Republic writes about the increasing number of high school students who are taking at least one online class.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 9th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Educational Legislation, School Board News|

Education headlines: Senate passes $10 billion Education Jobs Fund

Today the Senate approved a $10 billion Education Jobs Fund as an amendment to a larger stimulus spending bill today. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is planning to call its members back for a special session on Tuesday to vote on the measure, which would save an estimated 140,000 teachers’ jobs. Read more details in the Washington Post … Also, the Department of Education announced the 49 finalists—out of more than 1,700 applicants—for its $650 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grants, the Associated Press reports.

Joetta Sack-Min|August 5th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, School Board News|

Promoting the benefits of early childhood education

BoardBuzz attended the Early Childhood 2010: Innovation for the Next Generation conference earlier this week, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.  The conference marked the first of its kind collaboration between the two federal departments, as they welcomed both state and local partners from a variety of early childhood programs. Over the course of three days, various presentations, meetings, and workshops took place aimed at better integrating efforts on early childhood development between different organizations.  NSBA and the Center for Public Education were both exhibitors.

Coinciding with the start of the conference was Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement of the creation of a new partnership in early childhood education. The new Early Learning Interagency Policy Board, composed of senior staff from the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to integrate the diverse work of different organizations towards their common goal.

The Board’s goal is to collaboratively work to develop quality indicators for Head Start and other programs, coordinate research, technical assistance, and data collection to help eliminate barriers to collaboration between systems. Duncan, in reference to surmounting these obstacles said, “We have to get the bureaucracy out of the way of creativity.”

BoardBuzz hopes steps like these will be a start of more concerted efforts to promote the benefits of early childhood education.

Michael Long|August 5th, 2010|Categories: Conferences and Events, Announcements, Educational Legislation, Center for Public Education, Preschool Education, Federal Programs, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

Education headlines: Ravitch discusses myths of mayoral control

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)

Joetta Sack-Min|August 4th, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Preschool Education, School Board News|

Education headlines: Ariz., Nev. schools wait for impact of immigration law

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).

Joetta Sack-Min|August 3rd, 2010|Categories: Announcements, Student Achievement, School Board News|Tags: |
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