2010 December School Reform News

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November, 2010
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The December issue of School Reform News reports the city of Baltimore, Maryland is inching towards merit pay, adopting a new contract that would include a novel, incentive based teacher pay system.

Also in this issue:

  • For-profit colleges and universities will be subject to strict accounting rules under new U.S. Department of Education regulations.
  • The leadership turnover in the U.S. House of Representative and the change in party control of 19 state legislatures could have far-reaching consequences for charter schools, national education standards, and school choice programs.
  • Rep. John Kline (R-MN), upcoming chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, has expressed skepticism about the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, and incoming governors say the initiative has been marred by politics.
  • A coalition of foundations, think tanks, politicians, parents, and activists plans to highlight school choice policies during the week of January 23-29 with a series of events across the nation.
  • Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education says some New Orleans schools may get the option to leave the state’s Recovery School District. Charter schools would be able to stay in the RSD or sign up with a locally governed board under the proposal.
  • Pennsylvania legislators held 10 hours of hearings on a bill to establish an “opportunity grant” program aimed at low-income students in the state’s worst-performing schools. Leaders say the hearing helped set the stage for the 2011 session.
  • Justices heard oral arguments in a lawsuit by the ACLU challenging the legality of Arizona’s tax credit scholarship program on First Amendment grounds.
  • California’s parent empowerment law marks its first anniversary in January. The law, which is spreading to other states, was the brainchild of a Los Angeles-based activist group. The group’s assistant director discusses the origin, evolution, and possible pitfalls of the landmark parent empowerment law.

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