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Teachers Can't Get No Satisfaction, Says Survey HuffPost: After a year that brought budget cuts, booming class sizes, radical hiring changes and governors who curtailed a collective-bargaining rights, teachers' job satisfaction is at a two-decade low, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
Former Ed. Secretary Margaret Spellings is Romney Adviser Politics K12: There's a familiar face among the roster of those advising Mitt Romney's presidential campaign: Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, the chief architect of the No Child Left Behind Act. Phil Handy, one of three co-chairs for Romney's education team confirmed Spellings' involvement today.
42 Judges Weighing Second-Round NCLB Waiver Applications Politics K12: With 27 applications for No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, the U.S. Department of Education has doubled its team of outside peer reviewers who will help decide what changes states must adopt before they can get their second-round proposals approved.
Read Or Flunk NPR: There's little dispute among educators that kids aren't reading as well as they should be. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach, requiring that third-graders who can't read at grade level be automatically held back. But some worry that will do more harm than good.
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Minority Students Face Harsher Discipline PBS: Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be suspended than white students, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights. Jeffrey Brown discusses the disparities with Christopher Edley Jr. of the University of California, Berkeley and the Fordham Institute's Chester Finn Jr. ALSO Racial Divide Found in Discipline in City's Schools, Echoing Findings Across U.S. NYT
Longer school day subject of dueling forums Chicago Tribune: With the controversy over school closings and turnarounds behind the district—at least until next year—Chicago Public Schools advocates are refocusing efforts once again on the longer school day debate.
Square Feet: Newark Project Aims to Link Living and Learning NYT: A development, called Teachers Village, will feature three charter schools and affordable housing for educators in the city’s decayed downtown.
Minnesota District Reaches Pact on Antigay Bullying NYT: Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to sweeping changes designed to prevent the harassment of gay students in a plan that federal officials call a national model.
L.A. Unified missed warning signs on accused teacher LAT: The district has no record of whether it investigated earlier molestation allegations against Paul Chapel, who is charged with 16 counts of lewd acts and sexual abuse.
DCPS budget: IMPACT’s impact Washington Post: There’s plenty for DCPS stakeholders to dislike in the newly released school-based budget allocationsproposed for 2012-13. While they reflect a two-percent increase in the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, they will still mean larger class sizes--as in, fewer teachers--at the middle and high school levels, along with cuts in positions such as special education coordinator.
With turnaround plans detailed, city turns attention to hearings GothamSchools: The city filled out its slate of “turnaround” proposals just minutes before the legal deadline to propose school closures for next year.
Amid cheating allegations, district appoints "integrity advisor" Philadelphia Inquirer: Amid allegations of state exam cheating at multiple Philadelphia School District schools, the School Reform Commission on Tuesday appointed a former Temple University president as its "testing integrity advisor."