AM News: School Safety High on Obama's Second-Term Agenda
Obama Puts School Safety High on Second-Term Agenda PoliticsK12: Obama's pledge on school safety comes less than a week after his administration released a lengthy list of policy prescriptions to prevent further gun violence. They include new money for states to put safety plans in place, and a major focus on beefing up mental health services, including training teachers to recognize the signs of mental illness and get students the help they need.
Obama Evaluating Early Childhood Education Push In Second Term HuffPostEdu: According to sources close to the administration, Duncan and the Department of Health and Human Services are outlining a plan to create universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds from low- and some middle-income families -- approximately 1.85 million children.
'Mail To The Chief' Program Sends Letters Of Advice To Obama On Inauguration - From Kids HuffPostEdu: The letter-writing campaign is part of the "Mail to the Chief" program, launched in 2008 by handwriting curriculum Handwriting Without Tears. The program seeks to garner student interest in government and cultivate an appreciation for written communication.
Teachers’ test boycott draws growing support SeattleTimes: Support is growing for Garfield High teachers in their boycott of a district-required test. Seattle Public Schools officials, while saying the test has value, also are acknowledging that some of the teachers’ concerns have merit.
High-School Graduation Rate Inches Up WSJ: The U.S. public high-school graduation rate climbed to a 35-year high in 2010, according to new federal data, although U.S. high-school students are still struggling to keep up with their international peers.
Anti-Poverty Program Found to Yield Few Academic Gains EdWeek: Ten to 15 years after leaving neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, children of the Moving to Opportunity program are in most ways no better off than their peers who stayed put. But new findings from the ongoing study of their urban communities suggest more comprehensive school-neighborhood improvement initiatives stand a better chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.