AM News: US Dept. of Ed Focus on English-Learners Waning
Ed. Department Focus on English-Learners Seen Waning EdWeek: As the number of English learners continues to grow faster than that of any other group in the nation's public schools, concerns are mounting that the distinctive needs of those students and the educators who work with them are receiving diminishing attention from the U.S. Department of Education.
K-12 Education May Not Benefit From Brighter Fiscal Outlook HuffPostEdu: Despite some positive signs that could help school budgets, states are still facing a shaky financial environment as they head into the new year--a circumstance that could disappoint advocates hoping that even sluggish economic progress could give K-12 funding a boost.
States Faulted Over Teacher Pension Shortfall Wall Street Journal: U.S. states carry a total of about $325 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities, according to a report that says efforts by lawmakers to tinker with vesting periods or shave benefits are falling far short of the overhaul ...
Tony Bennett selected as new Florida education commissioner OrlandoSentinel: Tony Bennett, who lost his job running Indiana schools in an election last month, will become Florida's new education commissioner. The State Board of Education unanimously voted today to hire Bennett to oversee Florida's public schools and colleges.
Rural After-School Efforts Must Stretch to Serve EdWeek: Despite increasing national attention to the potential for out-of-school programs to enhance school offerings and provide academic enrichment, leaders in rural areas mostly agree that their troubles, exacerbated by the economic crisis of recent years, aren't getting easier.
School Absences Translate to Lower Test Scores, Study Says EdWeek: Missing even a few days of school seems to make a difference in whether 8th graders perform at the top of their game, according to a new analysis of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.