Recess round-up: August 12, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break!

EdData:  A new U.S. Department of Education website allows users to explore education data at the state level. This reporter compared the total number of schools, by state, receiving Title 1 funds in 2004-05 and 2008-09. (






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GreatSchools: Guess which large U.S. cities offer the top public schools, according to staff at GreatSchools.

( and WTVD-TV, Wake County, NC)

Funding: When should schools, which have until September 2012 to spend new federal funds, use the money? “This school semester. Now,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters at a Tuesday press-conference, after Congress approved the $10 billion measure to preserve teachers’ jobs. “We do not want people to wait until January or February. We want people to act, starting now.”  (Tulsa World)

And speaking of Oklahoma, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is stumping for Republican candidates while also highlighting the education initiatives of his eight years in office. (AP via The Miami Herald)

For-profits: Capella Education Co., which operates Capella University, announced it would try to buy back even more of its stock today. (Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal)

And, in a column published on the Forbes magazine website yesterday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) summarizes his Senate Committee’s investigation into for-profit colleges and offers advice to prospective students. (

Higher ed: An  idea to end open-admissions and scale back remedial courses at Chicago City Colleges is under fire. (Community College Spotlight and Chicago Public Radio)

Safe schools: The U.S. Department of Education convened the first-ever federal summit on bullying. Or is it anti-bullying? No matter, sticks and stones may break my bones but names … (Christian Science Monitor and U.S. Department of Education)

Technology: In response to a blogger’s post on why educators need to embrace technology, a college student describes how Facebook was used to facilitate a discussion group. (