Daily Top Ten School Reform News Roundup, Dec. 3 to 7

Daily Top Ten School Reform News Roundup, Dec. 3 to 7
December 7, 2012

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's news roundup:

1. Colorado,Wisconsin, New Mexico, Oregon, and Illinois win federal tax money for pre-k initiatives.

2. The judge who temporarily quashed Louisiana's vouchers explains his quick decision.

3. A homeschooler joins Ohio's state board of education after a whirlwind campaign. 

4. A team of researchers attempts to study the effects of museum visits on K-12 students.

5. Union anger and antics are likely to have little influence on possible right-to-work legislation in Michigan (video).

6. Ninety-six percent of Florida teachers are rated "effective" or better under a new evaluation system that ties teacher ratings to student test scores

7. The U.S. education secretary thinks American parents should be more academically demanding.

8. Newly approved property tax rates in Florida will fund secret administrator salary boosts, to the surprise of voters.

9. An update on the feud between lawmakers and the Wyoming department of education.

10. Forgiving student loans encourages imprudent borrowing, writes Ashley Jenna Robinson. She recommends allowing student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy.

Thursday's news roundup:

1. Adelanto, California Parent Trigger families pack a hearing room attempting to persuade school trustees to allow their Latin-teaching charter school. 

2. Milwaukee schools administer "cultural sensitivity" and "social justice" tests to teachers.

3. Missouri needs a Parent Trigger, says a new state senator.

4. The Common Core is a "means to an end" and started as far back as 2003, says a Gates Foundation official. The official, Stefanie Sanford, is moving to the College Board, which Andy Rotherham says indicates "where the action is moving on Common Core." 

5. Colorado keeps its public pensions from the public.

6. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says right-to-work is now on the table.

7. Connecticut struggles to implement the Common Core.

8. Indiana's board of education votes to let people without education degrees teach, after taking a subject-area test and committing to future professional development.

9. Common Core worries prompt Kansas officials to back off from supporting a federal grant application from Topeka schools. 

10. Kansas school boards would rather not have teachers unions govern teacher evaluations.

Wednesday's news roundup:

1. What's ahead for federal and state education policy?

2. Why the Common Core will have little impact on learning.

3. A California teachers union makes a video about taxes in which "the rich" urinate on "the poor."

4. "Public schooling" should be redefined as "all learning that satisfies attendance laws."

5. Michigan teachers at a failing school object to an infusion of new staff.

6. More Idaho students are taking classes that count for both high school and college.

7. An Indiana state senator says he will propose an academic freedom bill, which allows teachers to explore both sides of controversial topics.

8. Did No Child Left Behind leave gifted children behind?

9. A university fights to discriminate against a student for being male, white, and heterosexual.

10. Universities are turning out far too many PhDs.

Tuesday's news roundup:

1. English teachers tell the Washington Post the new Common Core standards are pushing literature out of classrooms.

2. Why a "bar exam for teachers" has better alternatives.

3. As five states implement more classroom time, one decides to study how well that works.

4. Unemployment among youths 16 to 24 is the highest since World War II. Thousands are out of school and not working.

5. Ousted Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett applies to lead Florida's K-12 system.

6. Here's a map showing where charter schools thrive.

7. Why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should support school vouchers.

8. Wisconsin's two largest teachers unions talk about merging after membership plummets.

9. The National Education Association doesn't let union locals separate easily.

10. Why the "women in science" movement is a waste of time.

Monday's news roundup:

1. The Wall Street Journal's take on a Louisiana judge's decision against the state's vouchers program. Louisiana's superintendent says teachers unions are a central obstacle to improving education.

2. Cost-savings alone is a strong enough reason to adopt school choice, writes Jason Riley. 

3. Five states will add 300 more hours, or approximately eight weeks, to their school years.

4. Idaho will soon consider tax-credit scholarships: allowing tax credits for those who donate to nonprofits that pay private tuition.

5. Mississippi's governor wants to allow open enrollment statewide and tax credits for donations to private school scholarships.

6. A Michigan judge allows major restructuring to teacher pensionsand healthcare.

7. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to give Chicago schools four more months to detail prospective closingsSchool closings increase, especially in urban areas, driven by enrollment declines.

8. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says teachers used unethical methods to elect a union official to state superintendent.

9. North Carolina's cyberbullying law may violate students' free speech, the ACLU says.

10. Los Angeles teachers agree to be partly evaluated by student achievement--but as a group, not individually.

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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)