AM News: 5 States to Lengthen School Calendars by 300 Hours
School Districts in 5 States Will Lengthen Their Calendars NYT: The school day and year are about to get longer in 10 school districts in five states, where schools will add up to 300 hours to their calendars starting next fall.
Jindal voucher overhaul diverts public funds Times-Picayune: Louisiana Gov. Jinda's school voucher overhaul was dealt a blow Friday when a Baton Rouge area judge declared the diversion of public money by the voucher program to private schools unconstitutional.
More Schools Are Shut WSJ: During the 2010-11 school year, school districts nationwide closed 1,069 traditional public schools, uprooting nearly 280,000 students, according to data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by the National Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for national school data.
Student scores may be used in LAUSD teacher ratings LATimes: After months of tense negotiations, leaders of the LAUSD and its teachers union have tentatively agreed to use student test scores to evaluate instructors for the first time, officials announced Friday.
Texas 15 Percent Testing Rule Relieved For 2nd Year For High School Students HuffPostEdu: For a second year, Texas high schools will not be required to count new end-of-course exams as part of a student's grade, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Friday. The new rule sets the results of tough new state exams to count for 15 percent of a student's final grade.