Recess round-up: June 25, 2010

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

Funding: Race to the Top money available in round two: $3.4 billion. State applications are now online, with scores and comments to follow. (U.S. Department of Education)

Promise NeighborhoodsRead or listen to stories about the idea of “Promise Neighborhoods,” which will seek to replicate the work of Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone. (Las Vegas Sun and NPR)

College: A short radio piece on yesterday’s Senate hearing about for-profit colleges. (NPR)

All-boys schools: “New York City education officials—searching for ways to keep boys, especially minorities, engaged in school—are expected to roll out plans in coming weeks that will likely involve more single-sex schools, as well as mentoring, tutoring and other after-school programs.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Reform: Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has a star turn in the education film Waiting for Superman at Silverdocs. She smiles for the camera but cries in the movie. (The Washington Post)

Linda Perlstein, public editor of the Education Writers Association, reviews the film here.

Los Angeles Unified: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa backs charter schools as a remedy for low-performing campuses, while sharply criticizing Ramon C. Cortines, the L.A. schools superintendent. Earlier this week, the LAUSD Board of Education voted in John Deasy, former Gates Foundation staffer, as deputy superintendent. (Los Angeles Times)

Teaching: Failing to succeed — “if you never allow your children to exceed what they can do, how are they going to learn to manage adult life … ?” — echoes of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. (Harvard Business Review)

Susan Sawyers