CPS School Closures: Independent Hearing Officers Oppose Closing 14 Schools On List AP: Independent hearing officers tasked with reviewing Chicago Public Schools' list of 54 slated closings are opposing 14 of the proposed shutterings saying those schools don't meet the state standards that warrant a shutdown. In the list that was made public Tuesday morning, hearing officers cited
a wide range of reasons for opposing the 14 closures, including safety
of students and lack of proof students were actually being moved to
House Education Panel Discusses NCLB Renewal EdWeek: At a hearing today, U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of
the House Education and the Workforce Committee, reiterated his
criticism of the administration's plan for renewing the NCLB law, a
system of waivers, which so far have been offered given to more than 30
states. "It's time to change the law," he said. "These waivers are a
short-term fix for a long-term problem and leave states and districts
tied to a failing law." He said that the committee would act on
reauthorization "in the coming months."
In California, Push for College Diversity Starts Earlier NYT: Those states have tried a series of new approaches to choosing students,
giving applicants a leg up for overcoming disadvantages like poverty,
language barriers, low-performing schools and troubled neighborhoods.
That process has drawn heavy scrutiny, but in California, it is only
half of a two-pronged approach. Disadvantaged students in poor
neighborhoods, like Erick Ramirez, a senior at Anaheim High School, are
benefiting from the state university systems’ growing efforts to
cultivate applicants starting in middle school.
Sandy Hook School Plans Divide Town WSJ: Newtown, Conn., officials are considering other options for the
future of Sandy Hook Elementary School after some in the community
objected to the possibility of reopening the site where 26 people,
including 20 children, were shot and killed on Dec. 14. The committee making recommendations on the issue signalled a new
direction Friday after at least one of its members, town First
Selectman, E. Patricia Llodra, met privately with Sandy Hook teachers
before the panel's public session.
Are Teacher Evaluations Public? Assessing the Landscape EdWeek: As the movement to overhaul teacher evaluation marches onward, an
emerging question is splitting the swath of advocates who support the
new tools used to gauge teacher performance: Who should get access to
the resulting information?
As evidenced in recently published opinion pieces, the contours of the debate are rapidly being drawn.
Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms NPR: Polls show most U.S. students learn little about climate change at
school, and even many adults have a fuzzy notion of what causes it. For the first time, new
issued in April include climate change. But the standards, written by a
consortium of science and education groups in consultation with 26
states, are only voluntary and could take years to roll out.