AM News: Half of NYC Classrooms More Crowded than Union Allows
New York Class Size: Nearly Half Of Public Schools Have Overcrowded Classrooms, UFT Says HuffPostEdu: NEW YORK -- Nearly half of New York City’s public schools have classrooms that are more crowded than the teachers' union contract allows -- a “very disturbing trend,” United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said on Tuesday.
Studies Find Payoff in 'Personalizing' Algebra EdWeek: While "personalization" has become a buzzword in education, it can be hard to determine what really makes a subject relevant to individual children in the classroom. An ongoing series of studies at Southern Methodist University suggests learning students' interests upfront and incorporating them into lessons can get struggling students to try harder and substantially improve their performance in algebra.
Standards Backers Seek Out Support of Parents EdWeek: The parent outreach has received financial support from one of the most prominent backers of the overall common-core initiative: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Council of the Great City Schools and the National PTA both say they have received Gates funding in support of their parent outreach. (Gates also supports Education Week's coverage of the education industry and K-12 innovation.)
Filmmaker Finds No Quick Fix to Dropout Rate Schoolbook: Frank Koughan said making the documentary “Dropout Nation,” which profiles a troubled public high school in Houston, Texas, convinced him there was no easy solution to keeping more American teens in school even if they are motivated to stay.
UC OKs $1 Million Settlement In Pepper-Spray Suit NPR: The University of California will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Occupy protesters at UC Davis who were pepper-sprayed last November, according to a preliminary settlement filed in district court.