AM News: GOP Leaders Pressure Arne Duncan on D.C. Voucher "Roadblocks"
GOP Leaders Press Arne Duncan on D.C. Voucher Program PoliticsK12: Top GOP lawmakers on K-12 issues in the U.S. House of Representatives—including U.S. Rep. John Kline, the chairman of the education committee—are worried that the Obama administration has been throwing "roadblocks" when it comes to student participation in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, which helps low-income students in the nation's capital cover the cost of private school.
Pressure Mounts in Some States Against Common Core EdWeek: Critics of the common core have focused recent lobbying and media efforts on Colorado, Idaho, and Indiana, all of which have signed on to the standards. Forty-six states have adopted the standards in English/language arts, and 45 have done so in math.
Minn. Superintendent Pioneered ELL Reforms EdWeek: As the director of the district's ELL programs from 1998 to 2006, Silva oversaw one of the most dramatic shake-ups of instruction for English-language learners in any major school system at the time. She dismantled the district's use of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) centers, where beginning English-learners were taught separately from their native English-speaking peers for up to two years, and put ELLs directly into mainstream classrooms.
Michelle Rhee: I Wish I Had Paid More Attention to Test Security in D.C. NYT: "My initial reaction was, Well, the investigation showed nothing. I was frustrated that people couldn’t accept that a district of largely low-income kids of color had the ability to grow a lot in a short period of time. In retrospect, what I know is that you have to ensure that you’re doing everything possible when there are allegations of wrongdoing."
Carrot Juice Instead Of Coke? USDA Proposes New School Snack Rules NPR: The Department of Agriculture has proposed a new "Smart Snacks in School" rule that aims to promote more healthful options in school vending machines, snack bars and cafeterias across the country. The USDA's updated regulations, which are open to public comment for 60 days, will set nutrition standards and calorie limits for snack foods that are sold in schools.
In a Memphis Cheating Ring, the Teachers Are the Accused NYT: In addition to the senior Mr. Mumford, eight people have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the investigation into the ring, and on Friday, a federal prosecutor, John Fabian, announced that 18 people who confessed to paying Mr. Mumford to arrange test-takers for them had been barred from teaching for five years.