Daily School Reform News Roundup, July 30 to August 3

Published August 2, 2012

A Nevada lawmaker plans to propose a vouchers bill soon.

A troubled Michigan school district has decided to outsource all its schools to charters.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker discusses what’s next for education reform in the state.

Washington DC teachers will soon work under an even tougher rating system.

“Buckle your seatbelts, because [education] reform is coming to Mississippi,” the state’s lieutenant governor said yesterday.

Louisiana Superintendent John White heads out to discuss the state’s far-ranging reforms with people likely to be angry at them.

Michigan charter schools get an average of $1,300 less than the state’s traditional public schools.

Maggie Thurber highlights a Toledo district’s puny excuse to stop a charter school from coming to town.

Under a new law, Louisiana school boards can penalize parents for failing to show up to parent-teacher conferences.

Amid a sustained budget crisis, California is diverting funds to schools that were never intended to fund them.

An Arizona judge has found fault with a proposed description for an education sales tax on this November’s ballot.

From Thursday:

A few charter schools are focusing on integrating rich and poor families to benefit both.

Teachers unions go to bat for sexual predators, says Campbell Brown.

A conservative discusses why he supports the Common Core and its return to an emphasis on coherent curriculum.

If Chicago teachers strike, what will happen to the kids?

Most voters want schools faced with cuts to trim salaries and administrative positions, and “dramatically change how it does business.”

Gerard Robinson leaves his job as Florida’s education commissioner after one tumultous year.

Asian families in California sue the local school district for moving their children into schools based on their home ZIP codes.

Utah’s board of education is set to discuss stepping back from the Common Core and whether to continue teaching cursive.

A new study shows that increasing compulsory attendance ages, as President Obama has proposed, doesn’t benefit children.

North Carolina may increase its number of charter schools by a third within the next year.

How to get kids interested in learning? Pay them. Washington DC is doing it

Many of the problems in higher education are the government’s fault, says Neal McCluskey.

Judges should review 1960s-era integration orders for now barring students from transferring out of failing schools, says Roger Clegg.


From Wednesday:

Louisiana teacher unions are attempting to intimidate with lawsuit threats private schools that accept vouchers.

Milton Friedman’s birthday was an occasion for Maine school choice proponents to discuss better education policies.

How Massachusett’s former education standards made its schools best in the country.

Nevada’s new reform-minded superintendent outlines his five goals for the state.

View a recent high-profile panel discussing parent power and activism.

Raising standards for admission to Nevada state universities has increased the number of minority students enrolled.

Most California students enrolled in for-profit colleges will lose their state grants because of new requirements.

Why online learning critics miss the point.

California couldn’t fix its worst 100 school buildings because it does’t know which those are, a new report concludes.

A new report examines public high schools students can only enter by scoring high on standardized tests


From Tuesday:

Today would have been Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. The Nobel laureate conceived school vouchers.

Poor Pennsylvania students slated for the state’s worst schools can now choose better schools.

Big school districts can’t hold onto their best teachers. How to pay teachers dramatically more within current budgets.

A wild personnel system has led to a budget and schools crisis in Birmingham, with local lawmakers asking for a state takeover.

Oregon parents districted into schools farther from their homes want redistricting–but it’s a complicated matter. 

Why it’s ridiculous to drop algebra as a required subject.

An audit knocks the Iowa Department of Education for miscalculating payments and losing stimulus funds.

Learn more about a growing group of reform-policy-minded teachers.

From Monday:

Evolution is a central issue in Kansas’s school board race, particularly because of the state’s position in creating K-12 science standards intended to go national.

Arizona is now one of 13 states requiring four years of math for high school graduation.

How should we measure schools‘ performance?

This fall, Missouri citizens will consider a constitutional amendment that would have all schools display the Bill of Rights and allow students to pray. Critics say it would also impact science instruction, because the amendment also allows students to opt out of instruction that violates their religious beliefs.

Eastern Pennsylvanians are leading a revolt against massive school property taxes, but state legislators are still unsure how to reshape state taxation to meet their complaints.

Why everyone is likely to become a part-time homeschooler in the next decade.

D.C. students are performing slightly better on standardized tests, a trend the city chancellor attributed to the union-busting former chancellor, Michelle Rhee.

After a concerted effort by the Nevada PTA to engage men in their children’s education, grade point averages rose and disciplinary cases decreased by more than 50 percent, according to the Nevada PTA.

Tennessee school districts are rejecting a “problematic” number of charter school applications.

An autistic student shares why he enjoys online learning.

Small Ohio school districts save hundreds of thousands by sharing administrators.

Up to 25 states are shifting how they grant teacher licenses.

It cost taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars for Rutgers University to hire a new president.

A high number of Florida high school grads need remedial instruction in college.

Seventeen states are offering back to school sales tax holidays.

More than half of Mississippi’s school districts have chosen to offer abstinence-only sex ed.

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