AM News: Senator Urges Feds to "Get out of the Way" As NCLB Hearings Drag On
Holding States and Schools Accountable NYT: At a Senate education committee hearing on Thursday to discuss waivers to states on some provisions of the law, Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, forcefully urged the federal government to get out of the way. “We only give you 10 percent of your money,” said Mr. Alexander, pressing John B. King Jr., the education commissioner for New York State.
Five Important Questions About NCLB Waiver Implementation PoliticsK12: After yesterday's Senate hearing on the Obama administration's No Child Left Behind waivers, three state chiefs gathered to talk about the nitty-gritty: How these waivers are playing out in their states. New Jersey's Chris Cerf, New York's John King, and Kentucky's Terry Holliday headlined this one-hour fireside chat hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Pupil Assignments Get Another Look in Boston EdWeek: In Boston, a city where the struggle to desegregate public education through large-scale busing has left deep scars, school leaders are, once again, grappling with new ways of assigning students to schools that are closer to home. At the same time, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who controls Boston's 57,000-student school system, is pushing a slate of state legislative changes he says are necessary to ensure that every neighborhood in the city can offer enough viable schooling options.
Teachers' Ratings Still High Despite New Measures EdWeek: Results in Tennessee and Georgia, among the first trickling out from states' newly revamped yardsticks, paint a picture of a K-12 system that remains hesitant to differentiate between the best and the weakest performers—as well as among all those in the middle doing a solid job who still have room to improve.
Rise Early And Shine: Teachers And Students Try Out Longer School Days NPR: That "plain old reading and writing" is what educators call academic time. Advocates for longer school days say kids do best when you increase a blend of enrichment classes with straight academic time, and also extra collaboration time for teachers.