AM News: LA To Review $1B iPad Project
Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down NPR: In a referendum marked by a large turnout and an emphatic result, the people of Newtown, Conn., have voted to demolish Sandy Hook Elementary and build a new school. Sandy Hook was the scene of a mass shooting last December, when 20 children and six staff members were killed.
LA school board to review $1-billion iPad project Los Angeles Times: The meeting was proposed by board member Monica Ratliff, who chairs a district committee that is overseeing technology in L.A. Unified.
Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data NYT: Schools across the country are looking at new online ways to integrate and analyze information about their students. But privacy advocates remain wary.
Vouchers don’t do much for students Politico: Taxpayers across the U.S. will soon be spending $1 billion a year to help families pay private school tuition — and there’s little evidence that the investment yields academic gains.
Michigan school prepares students for high-tech auto jobs Hechinger Report: By the time Brad Foley graduated from high school in 2012, he’d made a bicycle that served as alternative energy source, providing enough power to light its own turn signals, and helped craft a model of an eco-friendly dashboard for cars. For his senior project, he’d designed a “Mission Impossible”-inspired game featuring a security system with laser trip wires.
School Safety For America's Youngest Students Means More Officers, More Guns Huffington Post: At this year’s NASRO conference, aspiring school officers could take classes in marksmanship, crisis management and bullying prevention. They could learn about the "proven benefits of non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques with the millennial generation." They could also participate in "juvenile justice Jeopardy" and a boisterous round of karaoke. But the conference's linchpin in the summer after Newtown was "active shooter response" training.
Tardy Deliveries Keep New Books Out of Teachers’ Hands NYT: A month into the school year, teachers in New York City’s public schools are pushing on despite missing important new materials that were ordered to match the tougher Common Core standards.
Early Decision WNYC: With the early decision college application deadline approaching, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers (Penguin Books, 2003), and VP of sayyestoeducation.org, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.
LAUSD firings mount since Miramonte scandal LA Daily News: The Los Angeles Unified school board has voted to fire 127 educators and accepted the resignations of 110 more since February 2012, when the Miramonte sex-abuse scandal triggered a crackdown on misconduct, according to district officials.