School Reform News Roundup, May 28 to June 1: Friday

Published June 1, 2012

Wisconsin Reporter has the latest from campaign spending reports in the Gov. Walker recall.

Philadelphia adopts a restructured schools budget due to the district’s ‘maxed out credit card’ amid noisy protests

Budget cuts are prompting schools across the country to cut instruction days.

Utah legislators revisit equal access for nonunion teacher associations.

New Jersey has released its annual schools report card, more than two months late.

North Carolina school boards oppose competition from a virtual school.

Bill Cosby will address the 20th charter schools conference June 19-22 in Minneapolis.

A Detroit school ‘flips’ its classroom and achieves remarkable results.

From Thursday:

Virginia’s attorney-general has issued a legal opinion confirming the state’s new tax-credit scholarships are legally sound.

California legislators have proposed several open-source solutions to reduce the cost of textbooks in state universities.

A conservative think-tank sides with Democrats on teacher pension reform in Illinois.

Mitt Romney can win on the school choice issue by mastering its basic facts, writes Gary Jason.

When teachers visit their students’ homes, truancy goes way down and grades go up.

College for everyone has been a major blunder, documents Robert Samuelson.

From Wednesday:

Eight more states have received a No Child Left Behind law waiver from the Obama administration.

A new study estimates transitioning to the Common Core may cost states as much as $12 billion in the short-term.

Michigan legislators concerned about regulating teachers into debt and frustration with unnecessary credentialing requirements have proposed removing several.

New Orleans is becoming an entrepreneurial hot-spot, with a big focus on education startups.

Private companies have several advantages over the public sector in running online schools, says Tom Vander Ark.

Poor kids and families simply handed more technology largely use it to waste time.

From Tuesday:

Implementing the Common Core in North Carolina will mean that bright middle school students are not allowed to get into higher-level math early.

All 15 of Texas’s state board of education spots are open in the next election. The election has the power to reshape the state’s (and even the nation’s) curriculum for decades.

Cleveland’s mayor and Ohio’s governor announced a city education reform victory Friday but did not release exact deals of the compromise.

Property tax struggles for the elderly have led a Pennsylvania legislator to propose eliminating property taxes that fund public schools in favor of higher income and sales taxes.

The Detroit teachers union will sue the district if teachers were laid off because of low marks on their teacher evaluations.

From Monday:

Is there actually a glut of STEM graduates?

A Texas judge jailed an honors high school student for missing too much school. The 17-year-old works several jobs to provide for her younger sister.

A New York Times article attempting to “expose” tax-credit scholarships based its conclusions on isolated anecdotes and flawed logic that do not reflect reality, writes Jason Bedrick in Education Next

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that would require third graders who can barely read to either complete summer remediation or repeat the grade. 

Entrepreneurship alliances allow students to create their own jobs upon graduation and incubate talents, writes Greg Bier for Getting Smart.

Pennsylvanians have spent $2.3 billion to buy out superintendent contracts.


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