Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/2 2014

Teacher pay plan calls for third-year merit raises
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A teacher pay-raise plan calls for Mississippi public school teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017.

PIAA plan would limit athletics at charter schools
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A plan that would limit athletic programs at charter schools is getting a cool reception from lawmakers. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association told a legislative panel Tuesday that many member schools claim that some charters are using their unique status to build “all-star” boys’ basketball teams that public schools can’t fairly compete against.

White House committee discusses Hispanic education
MIAMI (AP) — A White House education commission is meeting in Miami to discuss ways to improve Hispanic academic performance.

Common Core backlash in Fla. prompts changes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fueled by parents angry over contentious new national education standards called Common Core, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is pushing through a series of sweeping changes.

NY budget includes Common Core delay for students
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As New York students begin taking English language arts assessments on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said parents and students should be relieved knowing that the second round of Common Core-aligned test scores will not be included on students’ permanent transcripts under the new budget deal.

Evaluate Teacher Evaluation
Do you remember New York City’s Pascale Mauclair? She was an educator who primarily instructed English-language learners and won accolades for teaching excellence. But then she was labeled the worst teacher in New York City in 2012. Continue Reading Here >>

Despite Lofty Scores, Massachusetts Advised to Set New Ed. Goals
Even though Massachusetts is one of the highest-flying states by academic reputation and test-score rankings, it needs to shake up how it operates and push ahead with a series of ambitious changes to its education system to avoid slipping into complacency, contends a new report released last week


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