August 2010

Recess round-up: August 31, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Campaigns: John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for Colorado governor,  supports funding schools based on student performance. And he wants to add more competition and school choice. (KRCC Public Radio for Southern Colorado and New Mexico) Education reform: District officials […]

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New study urges caution in using “value-added” measures

The last five weeks have seen tremendous debate on the topic of teacher effectiveness, spurred in large part by recent events in the public-school systems of Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Michelle Rhee, the D.C. Schools Chancellor, fired hundreds of teachers in July, and some of these educators were let go specifically because they were deemed ineffective. […]

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Recess round-up: August 30, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Big business: of education. Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham recently lobbied for his company’s subsidiary Kaplan Inc., as for-profit colleges face scrutiny from the federal government about deceptive loan practices in recruiting prospective students. (The Wall Street Journal) […]

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Racially homogeneous charters = freely chosen segregation?

In an op-ed in New York’s Daily News this week, Stuart Buck defends all-minority charter schools against accusations that they’re reviving racial segregation, arguing that “there is a type of freely chosen segregation that may further the goal of educational achievement.” Buck makes some interesting points, but readers need additional context to weigh the merits of his argument. […]

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Recess round-up: August 27, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Race to the Top: New Jersey Education Commissioner Bret Schundler is out of a job now that the state lost the second round. The firing was “inevitable.” (The [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger) New Orleans: Post-Katrina, nearly three-quarters of New Orleans’ public […]

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White voters vs. minority schoolchildren

White voters don’t like paying for the education of minority schoolchildren, or so we learn from a New York Times article this week that looked at places in New York where school budgets were voted down this year. The article’s author, Sam Roberts, found that in places where the majority of voters were white and the majority of schoolchildren […]

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Recess round-up: August 26, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Class size: Does it matter? Citing research and a November ballot measure in Florida that will seek to modify an existing law that limits class size,  Tamara Henry produced this story with The Hechinger Report for USA Today. Extended school […]

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Recess round-up: August 25,2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Politics K-12: Follow-up and raised eyebrows after yesterday’s Race to the Top Round 2 announcement and why some states won, while others, like New Jersey, lost. (Education Week, GothamSchools and New Jersey Spotlight) No sore loser: Arizona will proceed […]

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Race to the Top: The biggest losers

Race to the Top winners for round two were announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Education. The ten winners were Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. There were many more surprises today than in the announcement of finalists on July 27th. For those who […]

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Recess round-up: August 24, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Race to the Top: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. are winners in the competition and will share $3.4 billion in phase 2 funding. (Associated Press) Higher education: Remedial […]

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