Top Stories From Around The Country

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 ( 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.


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