AM News: Mixed Views On Romney Education Rollout
Campaign Flashback: Romney Praised Obama on Choice, Merit Pay Politics K12: During his education speech yesterday, Gov. Mitt Romney hit President Barack Obama really hard for being in the pocket of the teachers' unions.
Romney off on Obama's Love for Unions AP: Here are some of Romney's statements on education, and how they line up with the facts:
Romney Faces Tough Questions From Black Leaders AP via HuffPost: Mitt Romney struggled to find support for his education proposals while campaigning at an inner-city school Thursday, one day after declaring education the "civil rights issue of our era."
Romney discusses education policy and class size in Philadelphia LAT: At an inner-city school, he defends his claim that small classes don't necessarily improve student performance.
Does Tough Love Work With Third Graders? NPR: Some Indiana third graders are already planning for summer school. They're preparing to retake a new statewide test, which they'll need to pass to go on to 4th grade.
NCATE Accredits First 'Nontraditional' Program Teacher Beat: In a first, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has given its blessing to a non-higher-education-based preparation program, the Denton, Texas-based iTeachU.S.
School Districts Cut More Nurses WSJ: The battle for shrinking school-budget resources has a new front: the nurse's office.
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City Panel Approves Special Education Inclusion Plan NYT: A plan to restructure the city’s special education program by funneling thousands of learning-disabled children into mainstream classrooms — an increasingly popular practice around the country — was given the go-ahead Wednesday night when the Panel for Education Policy voted to finance it. Following some criticisms to the plan, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said after the vote, “We’re pure, at least with regards to the goals we are trying to achieve.”
D.C. teacher evaluation formula could change Washington Post: Standardized test scores, which weigh heavily in the annual evaluations of some D.C. teachers, could diminish in importance under new guidelines issued by the District’s state education agency.
Friend Your Students? New York City Schools Say No NPR: This spring, the city's Department of Education issued its first guidelines about how teachers should navigate social media. The rules make it explicit: Teachers cannot friend or follow their students on Facebook or Twitter, but they can have professional accounts and pages for students to follow.
Bloomberg's Budget Cuts Could Cause Thousands Of New York City Parents To Quit Their Jobs HuffPost: Thousands of New York City parents said they'd quit their jobs or leave their children home alone if they lost access to childcare and after-school problems, according to a new report by Campaign for Children, a coalition of local community organizations.