Recess round-up: July 28, 2010

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

Education in America: GOOD and the University of Phoenix have partnered to foster thought and action around education. Together, they’ve developed graphics like this one on the dropout epidemic. (GOOD)

Mayoral control: The Detroit City Council opted once again not to place the issue of mayoral control on November’s ballot — on the same day that Michigan lost its bid for Race to the Top funds. (The Detroit News)

Race to the bottom: Perspectives on some of the rural states that weren’t selected as finalists in round two of Race to the Top. (A.P. via Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Omaha World-Herald and Tulsa World)

Teacher training: In places like Hillsborough County, Florida teachers went back to school yesterday for effectiveness training under a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (WTVT-13/

Test scores: High school test scores improved in Chicago Public Schools during 2009-10 after years of stagnation. (Chicago Tribune)

Title 1: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) might include “closing a loophole in Title I, which requires districts to provide their high-poverty schools with nonfederal resources comparable to those enjoyed by more affluent schools in the same district.” (Center for American Progress)

Read more about Title 1 in David K. Cohen’s book (The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulation Fix the Schools?) or in the Title 1 Monitor.

Flawed math? Aaron Pallas, a professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, writes that value-added scores may have been misused in the firing of some D.C. teachers last week. (“The Answer Sheet” blog of The Washington Post)

Susan Sawyers