Study Measures Bullying’s Academic Toll (Education Week – August 23)
A new study finds that victims of bullying can suffer academically in the longterm, with high-achieving black and Latino students the most vulnerable.
Shortchanged by the Bell (New York Times – August 22)
Budget cuts often translate to less time in the classroom for many students, but what is needed is more learning time.
CALIFORNIA: California Charter School Association Gets $15-Million Grant (Los Angeles Times – August 23)
The state's charter school association received its largest grant yet – $15 million from the Walton Family Foundation to open 100,000 new charter schools across the state.
CHICAGO: Talks Break Down Between Teachers Union and CPS Over Pay Raise (Chicago Sun-Times – August 22)
Chicago teachers will begin the school year without a cost of living raise for the first time since 1994, after talks between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education reached a dead end.
FLORIDA: Scott Explores Changes in Higher Education (Orlando Sentinel – August 22)
Although Gov. Rick Scott won’t discuss a timetable, he’s exploring extensive higher-education reforms that are modeled on those touted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among the considerations is a merit-pay system with limits on tenure.
MARYLAND: O’Malley to Join US Education Secretary to Announce Job Skills Partnership (AP/Washington Post – August 23)
Secretary Duncan and Gov. O’Malley will announce a public-private partnership with Discovery Communications in an effort to increase the number of Maryland residents who get at least two years of education or training beyond a high school degree.
NEW YORK: Under Bloomberg, a Sharp Rise in Accusations of Cheating by Educators (New York Times – August 22)
Since Mayor Bloomberg started controlling the New York City school system, annual allegations of cheating, including test-tampering and grade-changing, have tripled.
NEW YORK: Dean of Columbia College Resigns after Two Years (New York Times – August 22)
Just two weeks before classes begin, the dean of Columbia College has resigned suddenly, pointing to "administrative changes" she said could eliminate her authority.
PHILADELPHIA: Ackerman out as Philadelphia Schools Leader (Education Week – August 22)
Ackerman will be paid $905,000 to leave her position immediately. Of that money, $405,000 will be paid by private donors. Ackerman has been increasingly criticized in recent weeks.
TENNESSEE: Tennessee’s Request for Waiver of NCLB Should be Granted (Jackson Sun – August 23)
This editorial says the state’s education reform efforts need time to take effect. The state won $525 million in the federal Race to the Top competition.
TEXAS: Rick Perry’s Education Policies Bring Mixed Results in Texas (Huffington Post – August 22)
Secretary Duncan and Robert Gibbs, a former White House press secretary, have both criticized Gov. Rick Perry’s education record in Texas. But the educational record in Texas is more complex than the criticism makes it sound.
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