AM News: Handful Of NCLB Waiver Holdouts
Maine, New Hampshire Won't Apply for NCLB Waiver Just Yet Politics K12: The education commissioners in Maine and New Hampshire say they refuse to be "rushed" into revamping their K-12 accountability systems and will not apply for a No Child Left Behind waiver from the U.S. Department of Education by the Feb. 28 second round deadline.
Income, More Than Race, Is Driving Achievement Gap NPR: The achievement gap between black and white students has narrowed significantly over the past 50 years. The gulf between rich and poor students, however, has widened dramatically.
'Shopping Mall Schools' Help Struggling Students NPR: Some students just don't do well in high school — many struggle with bad grades or have discipline problems, and others choose to drop out. But there's also an alternative that some students are taking advantage of: A few school districts are opening up specialized schools inside shopping malls.
Bill aims to censor Ariz. teachers' speech USA Today: A group of GOP state lawmakers is backing a bill that would require teachers to limit their speech to words that comply with FCC standards.
Most Students Who Should Be Taking AP Exams Aren't HuffPost: While more high school students are taking the Advanced Placement exams -- and succeeding on them -- most students who should be taking the exams aren't.
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Do High-Needs Students Affect a School's Grade? NYT: New York City's latest plan to reform special education services encourages public school principals to take more of the neediest students. An analysis by WNYC shows how these students are not distributed evenly across all schools. The analysis also found that high schools with the best report card grades often take smaller percentages of the special education students who are the toughest to educate.
Minn. school may end policy blamed for bullying AP via Boston.com: The board of Minnesota's largest school district prepared to vote Monday night on a replacement for a policy that requires teachers to stay neutral when sexual orientation comes up in class, a stance that has been blamed for fostering bullying.
NC Supreme Court hears student bra search case AP via Boston.com: A student who had to pull her bra away from her body so school officials could check whether she was hiding drugs must have been humiliated and frightened by the unreasonable search, her lawyer told the North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday. An attorney for the state argued the search was minimally invasive.
Virginia House votes to end tenure-related job protections for teachers Washington Post: The Virginia House of Delegates voted Monday to end tenure-related job protections for public school teachers, a measure Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has pushed this year as part of his agenda to improve public education.
D.C. charter enrollment up 8 percent Washington Post: Fall enrollment in D.C. public charter schools jumped 8 percent compared to the previous year, education officials announced Monday.
Parent, student groups criticize charter schools' student fines Chicago Tribune: A charter network praised by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for its academically competitive schools is charging students $5 for minor disciplinary infractions like having untied shoelaces, bringing chips to school or dozing off in class.