A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break!
Race to the Top: Round Two finalists were announced today by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Meanwhile, Nick Anderson of The Washington Post writes that President Obama’s education agenda is hitting a wall in Congress. Stay tuned for The Hechinger Report’s interactive map to see how much money each finalist could win. (Department of Education and Washington Post)
Charter schools: In light of the state budget crisis, a new report from the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee recommends cutting funds for existing charter schools and temporarily halting the approval of new charters. (New Mexico Independent)
D is for delete: A northern New Jersey school board eliminated the “D” grade for middle and high school students, making 70 the cut-off point for a failing grade. (AP via The [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger)
Evaluating teachers: In Buffalo, after three years, the teachers’ union and public schools have developed a more thorough annual evaluation process that requires principals to provide support for struggling teachers. (Buffalo News)
Research/Child well-being: The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book includes rankings on 10 key indicators of child well-being. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Research/Financial aid: With college enrollment up, demand for financial aid is also on the rise. In 2008-2009, states awarded about $10.3 billion in financial aid, up from $10 billion the year before. Yet, financial aid rules are still complicated, a fact that leads some students not to apply. (National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs and The Chronicle of Higher Education)