AM News: Top Colleges Expand Free Online Courses
Harvard and M.I.T. Offer Free Online Courses NYT: The universities announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, that will offer vast new learning opportunities for students around the world. NPR: Top Universities Expand Free Online Classes
The Best Ways To Integrate Special Needs Students NPR: NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez and Thomas Hehir of Harvard University talk about how to integrate special needs students into mainstream classrooms.
City to Add Teachers Next Year WSJ:After years of swelling class sizes, the number of New York City schoolteachers will increase next year for the first time since 2008, city officials said.
Can Sleeping Improve School Performance? HuffPost: In high school, Melissa Edwards woke up at 6:30 a.m. to catch a bus. It was dark, she was tired and the school's 7:15 a.m. morning bell forced the St. Louis teen to eat lunch at 10:45.
Miramonte Elementary teacher calls LAUSD treatment unfair SCPR: Maria Miranda, a first grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, calls L.A. Unified's treatment of the teachers "unfair" in her comments to her union peers. We provide excerpts below.
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Scaled-down capital budget for CPS Chicago Tribune: Faced with a nearly $700 million budget deficit, Chicago Public Schools has proposed a capital spending budget for the coming fiscal year of $110 million, a sharp drop from this year's $660 million.
Aldermen tell CPS to reduce suspensions and expulsions Chicago Tribune: Spurred by student and community groups demanding a less punitive student discipline system, a City Council committee on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Chicago Public Schools to reduce suspensions and expulsions by 40 percent.