AM News: More On Romney (Slow News Week)
Did Romney Slip by Saying He'd Slash the Dept. of Ed.? Politics K12: So presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is taking a bunch of flak for telling a room full of campaign donors that he'd slim down the U.S. Department of Education if he were elected president.
Why Education Department may be safe for now, even though it's a GOP target CSMonitor: “One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney told The Weekly Standard.
From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education NPR: Four major universities — Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan — are joining forces with a startup called Coursera to offer free online classes in more than three-dozen subjects. The professors involved hope this kind of online interaction transforms higher education.
In Sin City, Out-of-Work Adults Double Down on Education PBS: The recession hit many Las Vegans very hard. The burst of the housing bubble meant construction and landscaping jobs requiring little education dried up. And fewer tourists in Sin City meant casinos shed even more.
CPS principals plan for longer school day, budget constraints Chicago Tribune: Changes to the length of next year's school day, a continuing budget deficit and ongoing teacher contract talks are providing a challenge for Chicago Public Schools principals as they prepare for next fall, several school leaders said.
City to Open 54 New Schools in September NYT: Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday that the education department will open 54 new schools this fall, bringing his administration closer to the goal of having 1,800 New York City schools by 2013.
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New Study Identifies 'Opportunity Gap' for Students NYT: A new report finds students in certain well-off neighborhoods have more access to high-performing middle schools than students from low-income communities in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The Schott Foundation report also concludes that students from low-income, mostly black and Hispanic districts, have fewer experienced teachers and are less likely to attend gifted and talented programs and specialized high schools.
Program to boost AP courses at California schools LAT: About 200 schools are eligible for funds for the next three years through the College Board initiative, including 30 in Los Angeles County.
LAUSD considers lowering the bar for graduation LAT: The district could face a flood of dropouts if it doesn't ease its policy that all students pass college-prep classes.