June 2010

Assignment memo: Bridging middle school and high school

Wondering what we’re working on? Here’s a sneak peek at one story: Bridge programs It’s just a few weeks or even a few days over the summer, but educators hope it might be enough to change someone’s life. As part of a national movement to prevent dropouts, high schools around the country are paying attention […]

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Tobacco-growing state tops list of smoke-free campuses

Go figure. North Carolina, deep in the heart of tobacco-growing country, appears to have the highest number of “100 percent tobacco-free” college and university campuses in the nation. A national list compiled by the American Lung Association and a smoke-free effort in Oregon shows North Carolina with 31 campuses considered “100 percent tobacco-free” and two […]

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Recess round-up: June 30, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! College tuition: Private, nonprofit colleges will increase tuition by an average of 4.5 percent next year, the second smallest increase in nearly 40 years. Student aid will also go up by 6.9 percent. (Inside Higher Ed) School budgets: […]

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Rubber rooms: Gone from New York City, but alive elsewhere?

Yesterday was the final day of the 2009-10 school year in New York City, which means the city’s infamous “rubber rooms” also closed their doors. For good. Those unfamiliar with the concept of “rubber rooms” can get up to speed here. The term itself is often said to refer to the padded walls of an insane asylum — or […]

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Bill Gates on charter schools

Microsoft founder Bill Gates told a huge crowd of charter school advocates, researchers, principals and operators that the non-traditional public schools have “the potential to revolutionize the way students are educated. But to deliver on this promise, it’s important that the movement do even more to hold itself accountable for low-performing charters.” “The deal that […]

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Recess round-up: June 29, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Budget cuts: Residents in at least 16 districts in California have approved an increase to property taxes in order to help school budgets. But these measures are mostly taking place in more affluent communities, and experts worry they will only […]

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Charter schools hurt the rich but help the poor, says a new report

A new national study on charter schools will likely have the charter skeptics cheering: Mathematica researchers have found that charter schools make no significant impact on student test scores. That’s the big takeaway, but digging more deeply, the data reveal a complicated picture of whom charter schools help, and whom they hurt. Students who are already doing well […]

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Recess round-up: June 28, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Common standards: Illinois “education officials set new expectations for what every public school student should know in math and reading, joining a national push to create one set of standards.” (Chicago Tribune) Technology and education: Connecticut students can […]

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What works for boys

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Paul Glader writes about efforts in New York City to keep boys, and especially minority boys, engaged in school. The city’s plan for the future will likely include more all-boys schools. The story highlights the fact that in New York City there are more than twice as many boys as girls in special […]

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Recess round-up: June 25, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Funding: Race to the Top money available in round two: $3.4 billion. State applications are now online, with scores and comments to follow. (U.S. Department of Education) Promise Neighborhoods:  Read or listen to stories about the idea of “Promise Neighborhoods,” […]

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