AM News: Philanthropists Help Endangered Head Start Programs
Shuttered Head Start Centers to Reopen, Thanks to Philanthropists PoliticsK12: Houston-based philanthropists John and Laura Arnold have extended $10 million in emergency funding support to the National Head Start Association, which will in turn be used to reopen Head Start centers that closed, or were on the brink of closure, after the federal government shutdown cut off their funding.
Testing Debate Takes Stage at Education Summit WNYC: Standardized tests and the rollout of the Common Core learning standards got a moment -- well, a brief 40 minutes -- in the spotlight Monday morning, when Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, staked out positions in this ongoing national debate.
Mixed reviews to Common Core highlight of Education Nation Town Hall Hechinger Report: Students and teachers at the annual Education Nation town hall on Sunday expressed mixed reactions to the Common Core, mirroring divisions in the wider national conversation about new standards in math and English adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
As rally kicks off, some charter school operators publicly opt out GothamSchools: In an open letter, five charter school operators and two people who help charter schools operate say they disagree with the premise of the rally, to send a strong message to Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio that he should support the city’s charter sector. They say they would rather wait to see what de Blasio does if he is elected and build a relationship with him then than take to the streets against him now.
Obama's pre-Kindergarten plan expensive, shows little results ABQ Journal: Duncan spoke mainly about Obama's early education program, which was introduced this past spring as part of the president's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.
The GED Test Is About to Get Much Harder, and Much More Expensive The Atlantic: The higher standards on the GED test will be paired with another change—starting next year, students will take the GED test on computers only. Pencil-and-paper tests will no longer be allowed.
Research Initiative Suggests Places to Invest in Education WNYC: Despite "tremendous strides" in raising high school graduation rates, two new reports published today find the New York City public schools still face huge challenges in getting all students ready for college, and that academic inequities begin well before high school.
LA Unified releases complaints against school board president Los Angeles Times: ... officials on Monday night released two redacted complaints in which one employee accused school board President Richard Vladovic of sexual harassment, ...
Newtown vows to make town ‘whole again’ with a new school MSNBC: The current Sandy Hook building closed on Dec. 14, 2012 after a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults.
Report: Millions Paid to Teachers Who Cannot Teach in the Classroom WNYC: The Daily News reported on Monday that the city will spend $29 million in 2013 on the salaries and benefits of educators who are considered "too dangerous or incompetent to work in public school classrooms but cannot be immediately fired."