AM News: LA Furlough Days, Chicago Strike Vote Authorization
Los Angeles teachers and school district reach pact to spare jobs Los Angeles Times: The Los Angeles school district and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement Friday that would prevent thousands of layoffs in exchange for 10 furlough days, which would shorten the school year by a week.
Reports: Chicago Teachers Union has enough votes to authorize strike Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union is set to announce it has more than enough votes to authorize a teachers strike, according to local news reports.
Hundreds of Comments Pour in on Race to the Top for Districts Plan EdWeek PoliticsK-12: It's official: The comment period is now closed (as of 5 p.m. Friday) on the U.S. Department of Education's proposed rules for the nearly $400 million Race to the Top for districts competition.
Recall Win May Boost Governor's K-12 clout EdWeek: Advocates for those changes are hoping Mr. Walker focuses on expanding the role of charter schools and school choice programs in the state, initiatives he has supported in the past both in statements and through new laws.
Backtracking on Florida Exams Flunked by Many, Even an Educator NYTEducation: Bill Vogel, the superintendent of schools in this suburb of Orlando, has always been vigilant about preparing his district for the state tests.
$1.1 million plus Gates grants: 'Galvanic' bracelets that measure student engagement WashingtonPostLocal: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending about $1.1 million to develop a way to physiologically measure how engaged students are by their teachers’ lessons.
Judge strikes down Arkansas school choice law AP: A federal judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas school choice law, saying race couldn't be the only factor considered in deciding whether students could transfer between districts....
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