Daily Top Ten National Education News Roundup, Jan. 7 to 11

Daily Top Ten National Education News Roundup, Jan. 7 to 11
January 11, 2013

Joy Pullmann

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

Friday's ed news:

1. One in five Arizona students is now eligible for a voucher-like education savings account. 

2. Learning basic math predicts SAT success, a new study finds.

3. College admission will get less competitive in the next decade because of fewer kids.

4. NYC schools spend $6,900 per student per year on busing.

5. Iowa should end its luxurious teacher sick pay policies, the Des Moines Register editors write.

6. North Carolina's education board will consider allowing online charter schools in the state.

7. Catch the testing difference between content and "real world" learning. Hint: "real-world" learning teaches kids less. 

8. Arkansas is trying out a new teacher residency program.

9. Janesville, Wisconsin school administrators now get more money if students learn more.

10. Self-control, not self-esteem, leads to success.

Thursday's ed news: 

1. Parents have won the nation's first successful Parent Trigger in Adelanto, California. Another set of parents is starting the process in Connecticut.

2. Indiana lawmakers debate whether voucher students should first be required to try public schools for a year. The opposing state senator will likely win.

3. In Arizona, the Common Core means fuzzy math. In California, it means fuzzy tests

4. Education Week ranks states by equity, amount spent, number of kids in early childhood education, and a host of other statist assumptions. It put West Virginia in the top 10 though the state has the third-worst academic performance.

5. A Texas judge rules schools can force students to wear radio tracking chips.

6. A study attacking online education giant K12, Inc. is flawed, says a new study. 

7. Staten Island's education council votes to place retired policemen in schools with guns.

8. A Pennsylvania coalition starts a website promoting professional freedom for teachers.

9. Kentucky is one of eight states that don't allow charter schools, and a new bill won't likely change that, its sponsor says. 

10. Maine officials fight over rejected charter school applications.

Wednesday's ed news:

1. Liberal education academics were the most prolific and most-noted in 2012.

2. Michelle Rhee promotes vouchers and a Parent Trigger for Tennessee.

3. Computer-heavy Rocketship schools may switch how they have kids use computers, PBS reports, a big change for a vaunted tech-driven system. Rocketship responds to the critique.

4. Common Core tests will de-emphasize memory and emphasize non-content "skills." 

5. A university diversity officer suspended for signing a petition calling for a statewide referendum on marriage in Maryland was reinstated Monday.

6. Researcher Matthew Ladner discusses a brilliant school choice innovation: Education savings accounts.

7. An academic not keen on basic learning nevertheless raises some interesting questions about the Common Core. Here's some of his startling academic work on the topic.

8. Washington's teachers union should focus on improving education rather than attacking charter schools, opine the Seattle Times editors. 

9. Chicago teachers union president Karen Lewis thinks rich people don't mind killing you

10. Another major study finds student test scores accurately identify good and bad teachers.

Tuesday's ed news:

1. All Georgia parents could pull the Parent Trigger to convert their childrens' school to a charter under a forthcoming bill.

2. The education establishment again clashes with former DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee over her new grades on state education policies. Her organization awarded 28 Ds and no As.

3. See the top ten education quotes of 2012.

4. DC charter schools expel students at far higher rates than traditional public schools nearby.

5. Iowa's governor outlines his retake on education reform.

6. What tech capabilities must schools have to implement the Common Core standards?

7. Maine's governor wants to eliminate the state's cap on charter schools

8. Progressive teachers have changed U.S. culture, writes Thomas Sowell.

9. Missouri's lieutenant governor wants charter schools available in all school districts.

10. A federal labor board has taken jurisdiction over state charter schools.

Monday's ed news:

1. Indiana may expand its statewide vouchers.

2. "Louisiana's school choice pilot program throws a lifeline to disenfranchised and forgotten children trapped in the state's lowest performing schools," writes the state's board of education president.

3. A Virginia lawmaker resuscitates the "Tebow bill" to let homeschooled students play public school sports. 

4. The Friedman Flyer gives a roundup of forthcoming state education proposals

5. Lawmakers must reform Illinois pensions by Wednesday or start over. 

6. Twenty percent of Newark teachers chose to receive up to $12,500 in raises if their students learn.

7. Just suggesting a failing Virginia school district should open a charter school made it improve--perhaps the same thing could happen in Kentucky.

8. Take a look at the latest NYC teachers union financials.

9. Parents in Nashville fight school vouchers.

10. Minnesota gets a D for education policies from Democrat reformer Michelle Rhee. 

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Joy Pullmann

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