Parent Trigger Update, NY Common Core Tests, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
Friday's ed news
CALIFORNIA: A short history of the Parent Trigger saga.
PENNSYLVANIA: The city's struggling schools may delay opening even further for lack of money despite laying off all support staff.
E-RATE: Here's a primer on the program increasing phone taxes to fund Common Core tests.
UTAH: Why a state lawmaker wants to end compulsory education.
WISCONSIN: How many in-state content experts actually had a change to review Common Core?
WISCONSIN: Restraints on unions allow a district to offer the best teachers more money.
PENNSYLVANIA: School districts struggle to keep up with special education spending.
NEW YORK: What's wrong with the state's new Common Core math tests?
Thursday's ed news
FEDS: The Obama administration decides it can directly administrate school districts through a No Child Left Behind waiver to eight California districts.
NCLB: Steady test score gains for black and Hispanic students have come to a virtual standstill.
NORTH CAROLINA: A charter school boom shifts the education landscape.
NEW YORK: Kids fail the new Common Core-aligned tests in high numbers.
SPENDING: A survey finds states can't afford to implement Common Core.
FLORIDA: The state's online school cuts 177 jobs after the legislature cut program funding.
LOS ANGELES: A new middle school arrives, aiming to cultivate entrepreneurs.
WYOMING: The state becomes a voting member for Common Core tests.
CHOICE: Vouchers are becoming obsolete in favor of education savings accounts and tax credits.
AI: How computers grade essays.
Tuesday's ed news
LOUISIANA: Almost three times as many students apply for vouchers this year over last year.
GEORGIA: A comparison of state standards to Common Core finds the latter deficient.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Thirteen states created or expanded private school choice in 2013.
TENNESSEE: Yet another study finds state preschool does not benefit children academically. Researchers retreat to potential "behavior gains" to justify the program.
KANSAS: A Georgia Democrat visits the state to tout school vouchers.
SPENDING: The nation's pensions and healthcare crises pit retirees against children.
SPECIAL NEEDS: The nation's special education policies are broken and need discussion, a school lawyer says. She says they lead to extravagant, useless spending and damage non- special-needs kids.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Traditional schools improve when charter schools show up nearby, a new study finds.
Monday's ed news
FLORIDA: Lawmakers reduce funding for online education and can't figure why fewer students are enrolling.
VIRGINIA: Gov. McDonnell holds a K-12 summit today.
IOWA: The law allows officials to conceal school cheating investigations.
SOUTH KOREA: The nation's top teacher earns $4 million a year.
LOUISIANA: Gov. Bobby Jindal talks about Common Core but doesn't say much.
LOS ANGELES: A judge rules teacher evaluations are public records.
TEACHING: Complaints a certain lesson is "developmentally inappropriate" are usually wrong.
COLORADO: Teachers are anxious as a new evaluation system kicks in.
CALIFORNIA: "Holistic" college applications are confusing, unfair, and subjective, says an app reader.
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