NYS Education Commissioner David M. Steiner made waves last week by announcing a new, toughened regime for the state's annual Grade 3 - 8 standardized exams in Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Through an NYSED press release, Steiner assures the public that future exams and their "proficiency" (i.e., Level 3) cut scores will be set at a level to "indicate whether a student is on track to pass Regents exams and to go on to higher education prepared to do college-level work." As one mark of that new standard, aseparate NYSED press release defines the new Grade 8 cut score as "being set at a
Deceptive or Completely Questionable' Practices
Presenting the findings of the GAO investigation was Gregory D. Kutz, the office’s managing director of forensic audits and special investigations at the Government Accountability Office. In testimony made more powerful by the brief undercover video clips that punctuated it, Kutz detailed “deceptive or completely questionable” practices at all 15 institutions.
Philadelphia-based Children's Literacy Initiativeis one of 49 winners of so-called i3 grants from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to school districts and non-profit organizations to promote educational innovation.
NOTE: The Chicago Math and Science Academy is one of the 19 Gulen charter schools operated by Concept Schools. The CEO of Concept is Sedat Duman, the VP is Salim Ucan, the principal of CMSA is Ali Yilmaz. Click here to see the school's listing of Turkish activities and watch the video of CMSA students demonstrating their Turkish skills at the 2008 regional Turkish Olympiad held in Columbus, Ohio (as presented by Samanyolu, a Gulenist Turkish TV station), below.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CHICAGO ALLIANCE OF CHARTER TEACHERS AND STAFF:
MONTPELIER, Vt.—School districts across Vermont are being asked to trim a total of $23.2 million from their already lean budgets. If they don't, the education commissioner might ask the Legislature to require them to.
Supreme Court ResourcesThe Associated Press has published an updated interactive on the nomination and confirmation of Elena Kagan. I’ve added it to The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Supreme Court.
“What Do Latino Parents Say About Schools?”The Associated Press and Univision have just published a poll of Latinos in the United States that included quite a few questions related to education. I’ve written a post about it in my other blog, Engaging Parents In School, which include a number ...
Statement from the First Lady on the Senate Passing Child Nutrition Legislation
I am thrilled that Congress has taken a major step forward today in passing the Child Nutrition bill – a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will help us provide healthier school meals to children across America and will play an integral role in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. Over the past few months, this bill has garnered widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans, all of whom care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our children and are committed to ensuring they have the nutrition they need to learn, grow and succeed. I know how much work it has taken to get to this point, and I want to commend Senators Reid, Lincoln, McConnell, and Chambliss for their leadership and thank them for their work to garner bipartisan support for this legislation. While childhood obesity cannot be solved overnight, with everyone working together, there’s no question that it can be solved -- and today’s vote moves us one step closer to reaching that goal.
Schools' no-lice policies called overkill by doctors' group
By Kerry Benefield
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted: 08/05/2010 01:10:40 PM PDT
Updated: 08/05/2010 01:10:41 PM PDT
Head lice -- the tiny critters that cause itchy scalps among school kids and strike fear in the hearts of parents -- are relatively harmless and should not prevent students from attending school, a national pediatric advisory group now says.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that "no healthy child should be excluded or miss school because of head lice."
The group goes further to recommend that schools drop policies that prohibit students from coming to class until
It is puzzling, then, that a coalition of prominent civil rights organizations last week issued astatement criticizing the Obama administration’s current emphasis on chartering as a strategy to turn around low-performing schools and bemoaning the heavy concentration of charters in high-minority areas.
Let me see if I help you out, sir, to understand why every major civil rights group in the U. S. opposes RTTT and charter schools. It is not, as you and Peterson suggest in your Wall Street Journal op-ed, that they have been