AM News: Obama's SIG Program Yields Mixed Results
Ed. Dept. Analysis Paints Mixed Picture of SIG Program PoliticsK12: Two-thirds of chronically underperforming schools that tapped into a big new infusion of cash under the federal School Improvement Grant program made gains in math or reading, but another third saw student achievement decline in their first academic year, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.
Obama Education Agenda In 2nd Term Driven By Loose Ends AP: Lawmakers are more than half a decade overdue to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Education Department has been copiously granting waivers to No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era iteration of the act, giving states flexibility with performance targets.
Arne Duncan Implies He Will Remain Obama's Education Secretary For Second Term HuffPostEdu: After a week of speculation about the composition of President Barack Obama's second-term cabinet, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan implied in a Friday speech that he intends to stay in his position.
Colombia Professor and GZA Aim to Help Teach Science Through Hip-Hop NYT: Next month, the two men, along with the popular hip-hop lyrics Web site Rap Genius, will announce a pilot project to use hip-hop to teach science in 10 New York City public schools.
Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula EdWeek: It marks a departure from recent practice, which often includes little or no explicit writing instruction and only a modest amount of writing, typically in the form of stories, short summaries, or personal reflections, rather than essays or research projects on topics being studied.