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News: Re-Staffing Announced For 6 Boston Schools

Dramatic shake-up planned at 12 Boston public schools James Vaznis Boston Globe:  Boston school officials announced yesterday that staff at six schools will have to reapply for their jobs and five principals will be replaced after the schools were listed among nearly three dozen statewide that will probably be declared “underperforming’’ and subject to drastic change.11111111111news

Grant Program Opens Door Wide, Some Lament Eliza Krigman National Journal:  New York failed to enact a law to increase the amount of charter schools permitted in the state, and it doesn't allow test scores to be used as a factor in teacher tenure decisions, two reasons insiders weren't optimistic about the state's chances.

Teachers Suspended Over Role Model Choice Jennifer Steinhaur NYT: Three white teachers got three-day suspensions for picking O. J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul as exemplars for Black History Month.

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Creationist Ousted From Texas Board of Education GOOD:  Don McLeroy, the controversial member of the State Board of Education (SBOE), failed to defend his seat, losing to primary challenger, Thomas Ratliff.

Because of the recession, kids are leaving private school Slate:  In California, enrollment in private schools dropped a whopping 5 percent in the 2008-09 school year alone, according to data from the California Department of Education.

Marty Hyman, School Photographer in a Fading Profession NYT:  About 5 to 10 years ago, class photos and individual student portraits were reflexive purchases for parents. Those 4-by-6 and 8-by-10 prints were the visual equivalents of the notches made on door frames to show how much Junior had grown since last year. Now, more parents are snapping their own digital pictures and declining the products of the pros.

Drastic School Reforms Spark Debate on Fixing Education PBS:  One Rhode Island school district took the drastic step of ousting teachers after they refused to implement mandated reforms to boost poor performance. Judy Woodruff takes a look at the reinvigorated clash between education reform plans and teachers unions.

States 'Race' To Adopt Obama's Schools Policies NPR:  The Obama administration is prodding states to adopt a new set of education policy ideas. And with billions of dollars at its disposal, it's enjoying considerable success — despite some resistance from teachers unions.

Fire the teachers? When schools fail, it may work AP:  Test scores have improved. During the last school year, 51 percent of Sherman students tested proficient on the same academic test, although they still lag students in the rest of the district. More recently, scores for students in some grades have slipped in reading and mathematics.

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