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 with education reforms even though it lost in yesterday’s Race to the Top competition. (The Gov Monitor)

Playing by the rules: How does a $578-million school get built amid cuts and layoffs in Los Angeles? (Christian Science Monitor)

Attitudes: Results from the Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll on what Americans think about public schools were released yesterday. Respondents said that improving teacher quality should be a priority and paying kids to perform isn’t right; a majority also said they like charter schoools. (Phi Delta Kappan International)

It’s not about money: State schools superintendent says more money won’t solve Indiana’s educational problems. (Terre Haute

Revise NCLB: The editorial page of the Los Angeles Times says it’s high-time to revise the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: “It’s true that many schools across the country have let down their students, but Congress has failed them just as badly. No Child Left Behind is long overdue for thoughtful revision.”