AM News: Fiscal Crisis In Philly; DC Drafts NCLB Waiver
In grave fiscal trouble, SRC introduces big changes Inquirer: The Philadelphia School District’s governing body on Thursday moved to tear up its leadership structure and name a “chief recovery officer” to get the battered organization through the next six months.
D.C.’s ‘No Child’ waiver application draft available for comment Washington Post: The District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education has posted a draft of its application for relief from the federal No Child Left Behind law
Brown sharply differs from Obama on education policy LAT: In his State of the State address, Brown calls for limits on standardized tests and wants reduced roles for the U.S. and state in local schools.
Negotiators Tackle Teacher Ed. Reporting Revisions TeacherBeat: The panelists selected to revamp federal teacher education reporting requirements certainly have their work cut out for them.
The Truth Behind 'Private' Money In 'Public' Schools California Watch via HuffPost: School foundations and PTAs used to raise money for the extras - high-tech projectors and special field trips. But these days, private donations to schools have grown dramatically and are being used to prevent teacher layoffs, keep libraries open, and save music and foreign-language classes.
Walker unveils education reform legislation Wisconsin State-Journal: Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Thursday an education reform package that would rate schools, link teacher evaluations to student test scores and require all kindergartners to take a state-funded reading test starting next school year.
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Bonuses Are Not the Answer, Teachers Say NYT: Many of the teachers who responded to a SchoolBook query about the mayor's offer of bonus pay for high-performing teachers dismissed it, saying bonuses don't accomplish their goal.
City officials say college readiness rate should double by 2016 GothamSchools: By 2016, the proportion of students who graduate from city high schools ready for college-level work will double, Department of Education officials told skeptical City Council members today.