AM News: NYC Mayor Changes Rhetoric On Charters
From de Blasio, Gentler Words About Charter Schools WNYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an effort to mend fences on charter schools, emphasized common ground and a desire to “shake the foundations” of the school system. See also ChalkbeatNY
Ready, set ... California schools finally start new computer test this week KPCC: For the next 10 weeks, California students will embark on that dreaded annual rite of passage: the standardized test. But this year, they won't need their number 2 pencils. Test will be given on computer for the first time this year - and school districts and the test provider have been scrambling to get ready.
‘Union Power’ wins big but most UTLA members didn’t vote LA School Report: The progressive group — which plans to call for a strike if a new teacher contract can’t be negotiated soon — won outright in races for NEA Affiliate vice president, AFT Affiliate vice president, Elementary VP, Secondary VP, Treasurer, and Secretary. The race for President will be decided in a run-off pitting Union Power leader, Alex Caputo-Pearl, against incumbent Warren Fletcher.
All staff to be dismissed at three low-performing CPS schools WBEZ: Under the turnaround model, new staff are also CTU teachers. But the union blasted turnarounds as a strategy to get rid of veteran African American teachers, whom Sharkey says kids need as role models. Nearly all students in the three schools targeted for turnaround are poor and black.
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Michelle Obama hosts education roundtable in China Fox News: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told Chinese professors, students and parents on Sunday that she wouldn't have risen to where she was if her parents hadn't pushed for her to get a goodeducation.
Video: Duncan: New Report Details 'Opportunity Gap' NBC News: Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces the results of a report which details the opportunity gap in American schools for students K-12.
Report: Widespread Racial Disparities In Public School Punishments NPR: A U.S. Education Department report finds what it calls a pattern of punitive policies and educational neglect that disproportionately hurt black, Latino and Native American students in public schools.
Meet Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza WAMU: In her first year on the job, the Fairfax County schools chief is proposing to cut 700 staff positions and boost teacher pay. Karen Garza is here to talk about education.
Snow and severe winter take a toll on classroom learning Washington Post: Teachers wonder if first-graders will make their reading goals as they lose ground on snow days, and parents have been surprised by extra homework.
New Orleans charter schools scramble to teach non-English speakers Hechinger Report: On-site interpreters are scarce, parents said. Students frequently end up interpreting between teachers and parents at report card conferences — and even at meetings where their own discipline problems are being discussed.