AM News: Sequestration & Security Marks School Start
New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts NPR: As the nation's public schools reopen this fall, many are facing budget deficits and scarce money due to sequestration. Experts say districts with large numbers of poor students are hit the hardest.
Schools Put Security Lessons to Test WJS: Many districts have added bullet-resistant windows and doors and also sought to create single, centralized entrances where visitors must be buzzed in and only gain access after passing through two secure doors.
Evangelical historian remains key ally of right Politico: An informal adviser to several prominent Republican politicians, including Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, [evangelical historian David] Barton argues that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and must return to those roots.
Bennett Grading Report Offers Lessons for Other States PoliticsK12: A new report commissioned by legislative leaders in Indiana finds that the changes made to the state's grading system, which benefited a charter school run by a political donor to former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, were "plausible." But the report goes on to showcase the problems with implementing a radically new school-rating system by a state department of education that, like many education offices across the country, is struggling with human and technical capacity issues.
LA sheriff: Pay for preschool, not prisons Washington Post: The man who runs the nation's largest jail system came to Washington on Monday to promote what he considers a potent tool in crime-fighting: universal pre-school.
Rhee and Friends Urge Union Teachers to Get Active on Reform LA School Report: Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools and a lightning rod for education reform, played to her audience of LA area teachers during a panel discussion last night at the Los Angeles Central Library, telling them that teachers need to be part of any debate about reform.
Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Schools Ask Parents To Fill Gaps NPR: The Philadelphia school system was forced to cut millions of dollars from its budget, lay off hundreds of employees and shutter nearly two dozen schools to help close a billion dollar shortfall. Some principals are asking parents to "contribute" as much as $600 per student to help pay for basic supplies and the school superintendent threatened to delay the start of classes this month until the city kicked in $50 million to cover the minimum level of staffing.
‘Who is going to help me?’ In Philly schools, life without counselors MSNBC: Over the summer the School District of Philadelphia shuttered 23 schools and laid off nearly 4,000 teachers and other support staff, including every school counselor in the district, 270 in all.The 11th hour influx allowed the district to rehire about 1,000 laid-off employees, including about 126 school counselors.
Former Atlanta Educator Found Not Guilty in Cheating Case WSJ: The verdict came after prosecutors presented evidence and brought in testimony from numerous witnesses, including former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who had ordered a probe of the school system after allegations of widespread cheating on state standardized tests.
Education industry ranks #1 in customer satisfaction Hechinger: Sam Boonin is the vice president of products at Zendesk, a software company that collects online inquiries from customers and turns them into support tickets. Zendesk’s software is used by more than 30,000 companies and institutions, from Sony and Adobe to Twitter and Groupon. And so Boonin decided to sift through the customer satisfaction surveys to see which industries are doing the best job in solving customer problems.
Video: Students start popular salad bar at school NBC News: Two California high school students, looking for healthier meal options, help start their school's first salad bar to rave reviews from fellow students. KSBW's May Chow reports. (NBC News)
Vocational Training From a Label Near You NYT: College graduates and dropouts alike are adding to their formal educations with vocational training offered by commercial brands.
More parents opting kids out of standardized tests AP: Most parents are choosing to take their younger children out of testing, not older students for whom it is a graduation requirement. It's unclear if things will change when the Common Core Curriculum and the standardized tests that will accompany it are implemented in the 2014-15 school year.