AM News: NJ Union Opposes Blended Learning
In New Jersey, teachers union fights blended learning Hechinger Report: The school, Merit Prep, is also embroiled in a controversy over how much children should be taught by computers. New Jersey’s biggest teachers union is suing to shut the school down and is hoping a state appellate court will do so in early 2013.
N.Y. Reform Commission Stresses Teacher Prep, More Learning Time EdWeek: Recommendations include setting a new, higher GPA for admissions to teacher and principal preparation programs, extending the school day, and using educational technology to overcome barriers between high school and higher education.
Conservative Rep. Todd Rokita Named Chairman of K-12 Panel EdWeek: That puts him in a powerful position for education policy—particularly if Brokedown Congress surprises everyone and somehow makes significant headway on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year.
For Many Kids, Winter Break Means Hungry Holidays NPR: Most kids look forward to their school's winter break. But millions of students in the U.S. get free or reduced-price meals at school, and when school is closed, many of those children eat less until classes are back in session.
Obama asks* Idaho teacher to help with math goals AP: In a story Dec. 21 about President Barack Obama seeking the help of an Idaho Falls teacher, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Obama personally called Skyline High School instructor Julie Nawrocki to help develop new testing strategies. U.S. Department of Education officials and White House officials confirmed that Obama did not make that telephone call.