AM News: Waivers Loosen Teacher Quality Requirements
NCLB Waivers Less Specific on Teacher Quality EdWeek: For an agency that was so specific about what it wanted to see in the teacher-quality portions of the Race to the Top program, the U.S. Department of Education has put out guidance on how states can seek waivers from elements of the No Child Left Behind Act that's surprisingly general in the TQ arena.
Ala. immigration law marked by Hispanic school absences USA Today: After a federal judge's decision last week left Alabama's strict immigration law largely intact, hundreds of Hispanic schoolkids absent.
Parent unions gaining popularity NBC: Advocates says parent unions help moms and dads demand more from their school systems.
Ky. turnaround school reaps double-digit gains EdWeek: The Obama administration’s four school turnaround models under the federal School Improvement Grant program remain controversial, but first year results from at least one high school in Kentucky are promising.
Classes and scores soar with incentives for A.P. tests NYT: The initiative’s success is refueling a debate over whether cash bonuses can coax improved performance from teachers and students and whether paying students for schoolwork diminishes their ability to feel intrinsic pleasure in achievement for its own sake.
House Budget Plan Would Slash Funding for 31 Programs EdWeek: Key formula programs would get huge increases, but big Obama administration priorities—including Race to the Top and i3—would get no money under a new spending plan for fiscal year 2012 released Sept. 29 by the U.S. House of Representatives panel that oversees K-12 funding.
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N.C. turns its best students into good teachers NYT: The idea is simple: the state pays top academic students to attend a public college, and in return they spend at least four years teaching in a public school.
WY seeks info on No Child Left Behind waivers Houston Chronicle: State education officials were in Washington, DC last week to get more information on the option announced in August.
Prosecutors seek new charges against O.C. school district chief L.A. Times: Jeffrey Hubbard of Newport-Mesa Unified in Orange County faces two felony counts of misappropriation of funds in his previous role leading Beverly Hills schools and could face more.
Town rallies for school team after theft NPR: A Detroit high school boy's football team had its equipment stolen and its season jeopardized. But through the goodwill of the community and an NFL player, the season will go on.
Prosecutors seek new charges against O.C. school district chief LAT: Jeffrey Hubbard of Newport-Mesa Unified in Orange County faces two felony counts of misappropriation of funds in his previous role leading Beverly Hills schools and could face more.