Recess round-up: July 1, 2010

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

Race to the Top: Delaware officials have released a list of schools to which the state’s Race to the Top winnings will be doled out. (Delaware Online)

College accreditation: Critics are charging that for-profit universities are buying struggling non-profit peers and drastically changing the programs while keeping the same accreditation. (Inside Higher Ed)

Achievement gap: A new study shows that Native American students at schools run by the federal Bureau of Indian Education perform worse on standardized tests than the peers in regular public schools. (AP)

Innovative schools: The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta has enjoyed huge success on tests. But the price is high: the academy spends double the amount per student that public schools in Georgia spend. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Full-day kindergarten: The Meridan School District in Idaho weighs alternating full-day kindergarten (three days one week, two the next) versus switching to a half-day schedule. (Idaho Stateman)

School budgets: There’s good news for public schools in Michigan; they stand to receive an additional $11 per pupil from the state for the 2010-2011 school year. That’s much better than the cuts of $165 per pupil they endured last year. (Detroit Free Press)

Gender gap: Michael Sadowski argues that the so-called “crisis” over males’ test scores compared to their female peers “may require solutions that emphasize ‘context’ rather than ‘crisis.’” (Harvard Education Letter)

Sarah Butrymowicz