AM News: Learning Games, Home Visits, Teacher Dismissals
Computer Games in the Classroom WSJ: At a private school in Houston, eighth-graders slingshot angry red birds across a video screen for a lesson on Newton's law of motion. High-school students in Los Angeles create the "Zombie Apocalypse" computer game to master character development. And elementary students in Hampstead, N.C., build a virtual city to understand spatial reasoning.
Amid heavy lobbying, Brown must decide teacher dismissal bill EdSource Today: Gov. Jerry Brown has left a decision on a much-disputed bill on teacher dismissals among the last batch of bills facing him before Sunday’s deadline for deciding legislation.
Video: Teachers make house calls, see payoff in classroom MSNBC: More and more schools across the country are encouraging teachers to meet parents outside the classroom as part of a drive to build stronger relationships with students and their families. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports. (TODAY)
Most D.C. schools to participate in unified enrollment lottery starting next year Washington Post: The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, officials in the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said.
LAUSD President Richard Vladovic issues apology; seeking professional help LA Daily News: A day after Los Angeles Unified released two claims accusing him of harassment, school board President Richard Vladovic admitted Tuesday that he'd violated the district's "civility policy" and apologized to employees who'd felt intimidated by him.
Charter Schools Push for Continued Growth Under New Mayor WNYC: With a friend like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the charter sector has greatly expanded over the last decade, from 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office to 183 now. But future growth under a new mayor is uncertain -- especially if that new mayor is Bill de Blasio.
Race to the Top for Districts: 219 Applicants Vie For $120 Million Politics K12: This year's applications, made by districts and groups of districts, represent 678 total school systems in 44 states. The only states without any Race to the Top district applicants were Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming—plus Hawaii and Washington, D.C., which have just one district each. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the number of students served by each application. A total of $120 million will be awarded.
School Bus Drivers in Boston Stop Work, Surprising the City NYT: When Boston school bus drivers walked off the job on Tuesday, stranding thousands of students, even the drivers’ own union objected.
$10 Million Gift to Help Head Start Through Shutdown NYT: John and Laura Arnold of Houston donated the money for education programs in six states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi.
Explanations Vary as Tutoring Program Falls Short Texas Tribune: The No Child Left Behind provision that created the “supplemental educational services” (SES) program was the result of a standoff between the bill's two Democratic co-authors and congressional Republicans who wanted to include a voucher provision