Recess round-up: September 3, 2010

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

‘STEM success’: Community colleges in rural areas are increasing the number of minority and women students in STEM fields faster than their urban and suburban counterparts. (Inside Higher Ed)

Principal-free school: Detroit is set to open Michigan’s first teacher-led school, replacing the principal and assistant principal roles with two lead teachers and an “executive administrator.” (The Detroit News)

Student achievement: Vermont is at the top nationally for low-income student achievement, but is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reform, according to the Report Card on American Education by the American Legislative Exchange Council. (Education Week)

Teachers’ unions: School will start on Sept. 8 as scheduled in Seattle, as union members ratified a three-year contract, which includes a “historic” agreement on teacher evaluations. (KPLU)

Federal funds: As Massachusetts begins to dole out Race to the Top and EduJobs money, some are complaining that the distribution is “uneven.” (Boston Globe)

Standardized tests: The Sacramento Bee asks: “Can you pass the STAR test given to kids?”