Recess round-up: August 9, 2010

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

Standardized tests: Justin Snider, of The Hechinger Report, explains why skepticism and caution are warranted when it comes to making important decisions based on students’ standardized test scores.

G.I. bill: U.S. spending on veterans’ education will more than double this year to $9.5 billion, up from $4.2 billion in 2009 (Bloomberg)

Teacher training: A program out of Boston strives to support and retain urban teachers. (The New York Times)

Jobs: There was a time when teaching offered a sense of security. (Chicago Tribune)

Special education: Debates over the rise in austism and special-ed charter schools. (KENS-5 TV, San Antonio, Texas)

Funding: A South Carolina high school student seeks legislative support to fund education. (