AM News: NYT Finds Virtual Schools Operate Like For-Profit Colleges
Online Schools Score Better on Wall Street Than in Classrooms NYT: Current and former staff members of K12 Inc. schools say problems begin with intense recruitment efforts that fail to filter out students who are not suited for the program. Online schools typically are characterized by high rates of withdrawal.
New teacher contract could shut down Los Angeles school choice program LA Times: The competition for schools could end immediately, however, if teachers approve a tentative three-year pact with L.A. Unified this week. ALSO: L.A. county hit by a rash of tuba heists USA Today
States Creating New Districts to Steer ‘Turnarounds’ EdWeek: Experts say the “new breed” of turnaround districts getting under way in Louisiana, Michigan, and Tennessee require new kinds of leaders.
Race to the Top Likely to Stick Around Politics K-12: Lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a bill financing the U.S. Department of Education for the rest of the fiscal year (which goes until Sept. 30, 2012). And it looks like the Obama administration's signature education reform initative—Race to the Top—is going to get another year of funding.
Unemployed teachers finding work as nannies Chicago Tribune: As job prospects across the state and nation remain bleak for new and laid-off teachers — more than 8,800 Illinois teachers received pink slips in 2010, according to officials — many are finding welcome work as nannies and baby sitters.
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YouTube Creates Separate Site for Schools NYT: With many schools blocking access to YouTube as a way to protect students from content that is inappropriate, or worse, the online video site opened a new network that allows access only to content that can be used in the classroom.
3 hunters questioned in shootings at Texas school AP: Three deer hunters suspected of possibly firing the shots that wounded two South Texas middle school students were taken in for questioning, but investigators hadn't determined early Tuesday whether the shootings were accidental, reckless or intentional, a sheriff said.
Michelle Obama breaks jumping jacks record AP: In order to achieve her goal, Mrs. Obama led about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington in jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House.
2 charter schools allowed some families to bypass lotteries LA Times: Two popular Los Angeles charter schools have allowed some families to bypass a lottery for admission in exchange for providing special services or a substantial volunteer commitment.
Oregon Senator Pushes Local Pears For School Lunches NPR: Pears sound like a healthful school lunch treat, but not if they're Comice pears. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says they don't qualify for kids who get free lunches, but a senator wants to change that.
School Transforms Teens' Lives, One Pound At A Time NPR: In a nation where child obesity rates are soaring, some parents are turning to a boarding school that focuses on both weight loss and academics.
Safety violations found at Head Start centers AP: A machete near a play area, household chemicals accessible to preschoolers, and instructors teaching without a criminal background check were among the violations found at Head Start centers across the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department.