Recess round-up: July 16, 2010

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

Student placement: Three civil rights groups quit their work with the Boston public schools on finding new ways of assigning students to schools, citing concerns about “BPS’ lack of meaningful engagement with the community during this process.” (The Boston Globe)

School budgets: A statewide poll in Georgia revealed that half of those surveyed favor paying more in taxes to restore cuts to the education budget. Thirty-nine percent were opposed, while 11 percent were undecided. (The Washington Examiner)

Charter schools: Prior to the debut of Waiting for Superman at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Mike Seccombe takes a look at the “simplistic” argument of the film. (Vineyard Gazette)

Superintendent salaries: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced plans to limit superintendent pay based on the number of students served, which will save districts $9.8 million. (

School alignment: San Antonio, Seattle, Richmond, Va. and Petal, Miss. have been chosen by the National League of Cities to “receive special technical assistance for their pre-K-12th grade alignment efforts.” (The Hattiesburg American)

Online learning: At the Online Leadership Summit, keynote speaker Susan Patrick, president of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, described how the practice has grown from “the fringe of education to the heart of it.” (

Sarah Butrymowicz