Obama Administration Targets LA Parents, Banning Entrepreneurial Teachers, and More: Friday’s Ed News Roundup

Published October 25, 2013

Friday’s ed news

LOUISIANA: The Obama administration tries to stop parents from defending the state’s voucher program. 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Many large cities ban teachers from making money from their education inventions. 

INTERNATIONAL: A study finds U.S. students are above average on international tests, but our best students are still below their peers. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Parents flee to choice schools to avoid the sinking school district. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lawmakers are preparing a flurry of Common Core bills to release in the spring. 

MICHIGAN: The state senate approves moving forward with Common Core

UNIONS: The NEA president proposes getting rid of step-and-lane teacher salary schedules.

TEXAS: Waste, fraud, and abuse inside school tutoring programs, thanks to No Child Left Behind. 


Thursday’s ed news

LOUISIANA: Voucher enrollment has increased 38 percent over last year.

MICHIGAN: A teacher sues her union just to escape.

VIRGINIA: Republicans release an education reform plan that would make state tests more like Common Core and give teachers career options.

PENNSYLVANIA: Democrats want the state to publish how much new education regulations cost.

NATIONAL: A report finds states still hide special-needs students under the rug.

MINNESOTA: A watchdog group asks the state Supreme Court to draw the line for when school district flyers on tax hikes become tax-sponsored promotional material.

WISCONSIN: Parents, educators bring up their Common Core horror stories in state testimony.

ENGLISH LEARNERS: Common Core paves the way for a universal definition of English language learner.

FLORIDA: A school district finds it’s cheaper to ignore the state’s class size law and pay the resulting fine than hire teachers to comply with the law.

TESTING: See what the feds think of Common Core test creation progress. 


Wednesday’s ed news

NCLB: Researchers discover that No Child Left Behind led to a spike in ADHD prescriptions for kids. 

FEDERAL GRANTS:  Sixteen states and DC pursue preschool Race to the Top funds.

INDIANA: The Democrat state superintendent sues the Republican-majority state school board over when to release school A-F grades

STUDENT PRIVACY: A U.S. Senator from Maryland questions Education Secretary Arne Duncan over relaxing student privacy law. 

DRONES: An Australian company announces plans to deliver textbooks using unmanned drones

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles’ iPad debacle just got millions of dollars worse, as estimates for prices and equipment continue to increase.

TEACHERS: NEA members push back against their union’s support for Common Core.

CALIFORNIA: A new law that purports to shield sexually conflicted kids actually hurts them, and everyone else, writes Larry Sand.

COMMON CORE: The time-wasting initiative is sucking the air out of more effective reforms, writes Stanford researcher Eric Hanushek. And a study finds Common Core is not prompting most English teachers to assign tougher reading

SPENDING: Public school staffing is at its highest level in two years.


Tuesday’s ed news

MISSOURI: A ballot initiative aims to open a tax-credit scholarship program that gives donors a 50 percent tax credit for donations to private K-12 scholarships.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: A school district that wants to do better than Common Core has to petition the federal government for that right.

WISCONSIN: Milwaukee wants to lease its own school building after selling it to a developer rather than sell it outright to a private school.

DROPOUTS: A study finds that 15 percent of young adults are neither in school nor working.      

HIGHER EDUCATION: Why “disruptive” education and technology are actually dangerous to education.

NEW JERSEY: Two private schools petition to convert to public charter schools.

ILLINOIS: Gov. Quinn says no more construction money for a charter school under scrutiny for money mismanagement.

SCHOOL RATINGS: A new report examines the trends in rating systems for public schools.

INDIANA: The state board of education asks the legislature to switch which agency runs A-F school grades


Monday’s ed news

FLORIDA: Free lunch for everyone becomes a new option for schools in the state.

LOUISIANA: Parents seek a student privacy law.

KANSAS: The state board of education asks the state attorney general to defend them against a lawsuit claiming national science standards indoctrinate students.

NEW YORK: The textbook publishing industry faces stiff competition from free or cheaper online materials.

PENNSYLVANIA: The Common Core debate puts schools in limbo.

LOUISIANA: Meet a reviving education system.

DC: Why new teacher evaluations seem to have worked well.

CURRICULUM: Why all children deserve the best.

OKLAHOMA: School A-F grades have come out, but the state keeps changing them due to miscalculations.

HIGHER ED: Why accreditation is rife with conflicts of interest. 


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