AM News: Lots Of Layoff Notices - But Not Many Actual Layoffs
California's 4th Year Of Teacher Layoffs Spur Concerns AP: Roughly 75 percent of teachers who received layoff warnings were either never laid off or laid off and called back to work, according to a 27-page report that recommended changes in the layoff process. ALSO Washington Post: “Excessing” notices for 333 DCPS teachers
AP surges as tool for schools raising standards AP: In the next two weeks, 2 million students will take 3.7 million end-of-year AP exams – figures well over double those from a decade ago. Last year, 18 percent of U.S. high school graduates passed at least one AP exam (by scoring 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5), up from 11 percent a decade ago.
Tornado Recovery Offers Joplin Students New Lessons NPR: It's been nearly a year since a tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., destroying several school buildings. As the city rebuilds, some students have been attending a makeshift facility at the mall. Students, teachers and administrators reflect on a tumultuous year that has brought healing and hope.
Major groups beg Congress to rewrite NCLB Washington Post: A coalition of 10 major organizations of state and local government officials just sent a letter asking — or, rather, effectively begging — Congress to finally do its job and reauthorize No Child Left Behind.
LAUSD charter elementary with low test scores gets a reprieve Los Angeles Times: Academia Semillas del Pueblo, an LAUSD elementary charter school in El Sereno, teaches in three languages and has ambitious goals, but it narrowly escaped closure recently because of low test scores.
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On Education: New Procedure for Teaching License Draws Protest NYT (Winerip): Student teachers at the University of Massachusetts are protesting a new national licensure procedure being developed by the education company Pearson and Stanford University.
Boston City Council members question $20m school relocation plan Boston Globe: City Council questions cost of school plan The Boston City Council is questioning the growing cost of a plan to relocate or expand seven popular schools this fall, casting a cloud of uncertainty over the changes. The cost has nearly doubled to $20 million since last November when the School Committee approved the plan, which also includes the opening of two new schools.
Room for Debate: Got a Computer? Get a Degree NYT: Harvard and M.I.T. are going to offer free courses online, but not for credit. Why not?