Recess round-up: June 24, 2010

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

Funding: Half of the $500 million in Race to the Top money awarded to Tennessee will go to local school districts; the other half will be spent at the state level. (The Tennessean)

Policy: An emerging risk? Growth and spending in for profit higher-ed. News on a senate hearing today about federal investment in financial aid at for-profit colleges and universities. (Barrons and San Francisco Examiner)

Reform: A shift might be coming to schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Va. in how they ensure all students have fair shots at a good education. (Charlotte Observer)

Research: In the latest look at New York City’s small school strategy, which some argue is the special ingredient in the city’s efforts to improve its graduation rate over the past eight years, MDRC confirms past findings that kids in small schools do better than their counterparts in the rest of the school system. (HechingerEd blog)

Reform: Iowa education leaders want to adopt the recently released common core standards for English and math in lieu of creating a statewide blueprint in those subjects. (Des Moines Register)

Susan Sawyers