Federal Ed Tax Credit Stalls, PA Charters, and More: Friday’s Ed Roundup

Published November 15, 2013

Friday’s ed news

FEDERAL: Marco Rubio’s tax-credit scholarship proposal has so far gone nowhere.

PENNSYLVANIA: Why lawmakers should pass a bill to allow more charters, evaluated mainly by test scores.

NEW YORK: A state official says inBloom data collection is necessary for Common Core

FEDERAL: The U.S. Department of Education retracts a requirement that states redistribute teachers to get another NCLB waiver

ALABAMA: State leaders quarrel over whether Common Core will cost more.

WISCONSIN: Lawmakers approve increasing required high school math and science classes from two to three each. 

NEW MEXICO: The governor revisits holding back third graders who can’t read.

GRADES: Why grading schools on one scale is a bad idea.

TEXAS: One elementary teacher apparently punishes students by writing on their foreheads.


Thursday’s ed news

NEW YORK: Twelve parents file a lawsuit to stop the state from using inBloom, a controversial student data collection service. 

TENNESSEE: Why the state’s National Assessment of Educational Progress gains do not necessarily make them No. 1. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The state’s largest district moves ahead with plans to discard Common Core for better standards

SAFETY: Despite high-profile shootings, U.S. schools are safer than ever, data shows. 

CHARTER SCHOOLS: One of the most innovative blended learning schools struggles to expand exponentially nationwide. 

MARYLAND: Two-thirds of teachers say they are unprepared to implement Common Core national curriculum standards. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Catholic schools address their pension problems, but the state’s teacher pensions remain grossly unfunded. 

CALIFORNIA: Three local teachers unions vote to jettison their state union membership

SOUTH CAROLINA: Greenville schools will have a computer assign children to open seats rather than risk having parents trample each other again to get their kids into schools they want. 


Wednesday’s ed news

LOUISIANA: A new study shows that, contrary to the Obama administration’s lawsuit, the state’s voucher program improves racial integration

TESTING: A new Sim City video game can test students, whether they know it or not.

GEORGIA: Parents care far more about school environment than standardized tests, a new survey shows. How Pearson is rethinking its products. 

NEW YORK: Pearson textbooks arrive in schools across New York City late, and riddled with errors.

KANSAS:  The state board of education considers whether to adopt national Common Core tests.

NATIONAL: Michelle Obama will switch hobby horses from nutrition to college-for-all

TENNESSEE: Memphis voters will soon consider whether to raise their taxes to fund a preschool expansion.


Tuesday’s ed news

ARIZONA: Another school district floats the idea of running a voucher program.

TENNESSEE: Voucher advocates gear up for 2014.

BULLYING: Is adversity always bad for kids?

SOUTH CAROLINA: Public support for school choice is growing, a poll finds.

WISCONSIN: Inside Madison’s first voucher school.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The number of foreign students attending U.S. universities is at a record high.

INDIANA: A judge dismisses a lawsuit brought by the state superintendent against the state school board.

WYOMING: A school district sues a newspaper to keep a district job satisfaction survey’s results from being published.

ILLINOIS: New state report cards obscure important information, despite a press campaign touting the new look.  


Monday’s ed news

NATIONAL: Student achievement growth has slowed under President Obama, as a direct result of his haphazard education policies.

PENNSYLVANIA: The state department of education is attempting to control what private religious preschools and after-school programs teach.

CALIFORNIA: Half of school districts will not be ready for Common Core tests by the year they roll out, a new survey finds.

COLORADO: Spending on non-essential programs is crowding out spending on classroom instruction.

MICHIGAN: The state Senate will investigate a teachers union for harassing teachers in attempting to avoid a new right-to-work law.

FEDERAL: Two Democratic Senators are drafting a bill to push more government preschool.

CALIFORNIA: UC-Berkeley has banned student government from using the term “illegal immigrant.”

PARENT CHOICE: A website dedicated to helping parents make education choices celebrates its 15th year.

VIRGINIA: Students adjust to a new law requiring them to take one online course before graduating high school



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