AM News: Reviews Of 13 Of 27 States' NCLB Waiver Applications
Ed. Department Offers States Feedback on Waivers Politics K12: Education Week examined 13 of the 27 letters, and found some common areas of concern:
24 schools seek charter status Los Angeles Times: The high-performing L.A. Unified campuses hope to gain funds and flexibility from the move while maintaining most ties with the district.
Climate In The Classroom: Teachers Share Their Stories PBS: This week, the PBS NewsHour will report on one teacher's struggles to teach climate change in her Colorado classroom.
RI schools chief: state can be proud of schools AP via Boston.com: Rhode Island's top education official is telling state lawmakers they have reason to be proud of the state's public schools.
Phone Companies Ignore Low-Price Requirement ProPublica via HuffPost: At the dawn of the Internet era, Congress set out to avert a digital divide between rich and poor students. In a landmark bill, lawmakers required the nation's phone companies to provide bargain voice and data rates to schools and to subsidize the cost of equipment and services, with the biggest subsidies going to the schools with the most disadvantaged children.
'Don't Say Gay' Bill Gets The Axe HuffPost: A controversial bill in Tennessee meant to restrict public school discussion of sexuality and LGBT issues is set to die without a vote after the key GOP sponsor announced on Monday that he simply wouldn't bring it up.
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Social Media Rules Limit Student-Teacher Contact NYT: The guidelines reflect concerns about the misuse of sites like Facebook and Twitter and represent the latest official response to allegations of teachers behaving inappropriately with students.
Teachers vs. Kenneth Cole NYT: At first glance, the latest billboard looked innocent enough: Next to a model dressed in a bright red pantsuit, the sign asks, "Shouldn't Everyone Be Well Red?" But beneath that slogan, in smaller type, as Gotham Schools reported last week, the sign said, "Teachers' Rights vs. Students' Rights ..." and directed viewers to wheredoyoustand.com, a Cole Web site that entertains discussion on topical issues stirred up by his ads. That set off a fury, Gotham reported, as some accused the company of pitting teachers against students, and the company issued an apology on Monday.
Free Internet lessons challenge textbook market for public schools Washington Post: For a modern take on Shakespeare, Montgomery County middle school teacher Amy Soldavini recently borrowed an online lesson comparing hip-hop artists to the Bard. Math teachers at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County sometimes assign students to watch free instructional Web videos at home so they can solve more challenging problems in class.
NEWS: Suit: Princeton Review charged city for tutoring it didn’t provide GothamSchools: This chart from the Justice Department's lawsuit against Princeton Review shows how many times the company billed the city for tutoring students who were absent or when school was closed — and how much it was paid.