Daily Top Ten School Reform News Roundup, Dec. 31 to Jan. 4

Published January 4, 2013

Friday’s ed news: 

1. How the fiscal cliff deal affects education spending.

2. Virginia’s governor wants to grade schools A-F, host Teach for America, and give struggling students iPads and more tutoring.

3. People learn and accomplish less when working in groups.

4. Another Texas district uses GPS trackers on students–but with student and parent consent.

5. Why would elite college students give up high salaries to teach?

6. The New York governor’s school reform plan has been tried before and found wanting.

7. An Indiana state senator files a bill to let schools require students to say the Lord’s Prayer in school.

8. Endind racial preferences in college admissions increases desegregation.

9. South Dakota lawmakers would like to spend more on schools.

10. Michigan’s school funding surplus won’t be enough.

Thursday’s ed news:

1. Watch Mr. Wright teach his students physics and love.

2. What’s ahead for school choice?

3. A Maryland school suspends a first grader for pointing his finger and saying “pow.” 

4. Head Start is a dead end, writes Larry Sand.

5. North Carolina’s governor wants education reform.

6. View the evidence that public schools have begun to share private information about children without parents’ consent.

7. Arizona’s innovative school choice program gets bigger this week.

8. In 10 states, advocacy groups are suing for more education money from taxpayers.

9. New York’s schools commission suggests schools as health centers, longer school days, and 4-year-old preschool. 


Wednesday’s ed news:

1. Find out what national education initiatives are currently developing.

2. Education is a hot topic in Kansas’ forthcoming legislative session. Missouri’s governor talks about his education legislation priorities.

3. No one has “any idea” how massive open online courses will make money.

4. A special ed teacher discusses introducing iPads with her students, and her top picks from 900 apps.

5. A Utah lawmaker floats an idea to fund state preschool with private investments. If the kids don’t learn, private investors lose their money.

6. California’s governor wants to reshape school finance.

7. Boston’s mayor wants more state control over failing schools and more regulations on charter schools.

8. Should New Jersey stop relying on property taxes for schools?

9. New Hampshire will soon open virtual schools.

10. Is now the best and worst time to teach?

Tuesday’s ed news:

1. Schools should be given freedom to set their own security measures, the Orange County Register opines.

2. Is the Wisconsin department of education hiding outrageous political spending disguised as teacher professional development?

3. An education journal complains that testing and standards make it difficult for teachers to indoctrinate students into leftism.

4. The Internet will remake higher education, soon.

5. A Philadelphia teen whose teacher mocked her Romney/Ryan t-shirt has decided to sue for free speech infringement.

Monday’s ed news:

1. The number of Arizona students using voucher-like K-12 education savings accounts has tripled.

2. College textbook prices have increased 812 percent since 1978—faster than healthcare costs, the housing bubble, and college tuition.

3. Israel puts armed teachers and guards in classrooms. So do many California schools.

4. Will online learning reverse liberal bias in education?

5. The Common Core English standards are confusing for teachers and students, writes Dr. Sandra Stotsky. Not only that, it will surely diminish students’ exposure to literature, opine the Los Angeles Times editors.

6. How Georgia is improving reading instruction.

7. African-American Chicago teachers who were laid off from low-performing schools are suing, claiming race discrimination. The majority of Chicago teachers are racial minorities.

8. A Missouri school board gives teachers leave to be union reps and Democratic lawmakers, but not to be Republican lawmakers.

9. Delaware is one of 20 states offering anonymous surveys to teachers about school conditions, at a federally-sponsored cost of $80,000.

10. Mississippi lawmakers consider how to allow charter schools.


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