Race to Top Reports Detail Winners’ Progress, Challenges
Annual progress reports released Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Education showcase just how far the 12 state-level Race to the Top grant winners have come as they seek to deliver on the promises that won them, collectively, $4 billion in the Obama administration’s signature education-improvement program. On a call with reporters Tuesday in advance of the reports’ release, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called out four states for leading the Race to the Top effort: Delaware, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Tennessee, based on the implementation of their plans and their resulting increases in student performance.
DC Council to weigh special-education overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember says special education is facing a crisis in the nation’s capital and has introduced legislation intended to overhaul the system and improve student outcomes.
District re-thinks tweets about Salem teacher
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem-Keizer School District may reverse the suspension of 20 McKay High School students who were disciplined for retweeting a Twitter post about a teacher. KOIN reports (http://bit.ly/1iz4Qho) the ACLU of Oregon sent the district a letter say the suspensions violated student free speech rights. The district had said the tweets about a teacher’s alleged relationship with students were considered a violation of the school policy against cyberbullying.
In-state tuition bill survives close Senate vote
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An effort to allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally is deeply dividing the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Lawrence educators ready to run virtual school
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A dismal graduation rate has prompted the Lawrence School District to take over a virtual school, and its future could be in jeopardy if its academic performance doesn’t improve, district officials said.
Fla. chooses new test to replace FCAT next year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is ready to part ways with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, a mainstay in the state’s schools for more than a decade. Pam Stewart, the state’s education commissioner, announced on Monday that she has approved a six-year contract with a not-for-profit outfit to develop a new test that students will be required to take a year from now.
NY Senate rejects immigrant student ‘Dream Act’
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Senate rejected a bill Monday that would open up state tuition assistance to students in the country illegally, dashing long-held hopes of immigration advocates and prompting finger-pointing among rival Democrats.