AM News: Funding Frustration In Philly (And LA)
Philadelphia Schools Enveloped in Anger, Frustration Amid Austere Budget AP: More than 200 protesters had packed the Philadelphia school board meeting and were drowning out the official presentation; they also waved signs expressing "No confidence" in next year's austere budget. It was the second major demonstration at district headquarters in just over a week.
Critics decry latest shrinkage of L.A. Unified's school year LA Times: A tentative agreement to shorten the school year for Los Angeles students — for the fourth consecutive year — is almost certain to weaken academic gains, and was driven, critics said, by expediency more than the best interests of students.
Senate Panel OK's Slight Funding Hike for Education Department EdWeekPoliticsK-12: Two key K-12 formula programs—Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote Tuesday by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending.
Job Interviews and Protests Continue in 'Turnaround' Schools GothamSchools: With the 24 turnaround schools deep into the hiring process, a small handful of teachers gathered in front of Tweed this afternoon to show their opposition despite the rain.
Fairfax asleep on high school start time WashingtonPostLocal: Eight times in the last 24 years, the Fairfax County School Board has studied whether to let high school students start school later than 7:20 a.m. because teens are biologically programmed for a late-to-bed and late-to-rise schedule.
TN Senate Speaker Predicts Voucher Program in 2013 EducationNext: Ron Ramsey, the Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate, has predicted that the next legislative session will see the Senate consider the proposal for a limited voucher program.