Study Finds Minority Students Get Harsher Punishments (Education Week - October 5)
The report, “Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice,” draws attention to school discipline practices forstudents of different races, genders, and ethnic groups. School discipline is often viewed as a measure of a school's safety, rather than a gauge of how the school is doing academically.
L.A. Phil Announces a Joint Musical Education Initiative (Los Angeles Times - October 5)
Los Angeles Philharmonic has supported Venezuela's El Sistema national music training program with both money and its reputation. Now, L.A. Phil is expanding its reach by partnering with Bard College in upstate New York and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. to to launch a joint musical education initiative called "Take a Stand."
CALIFORNIA: D.A. Opens Investigation of Los Angeles Community College District (Los Angeles - October 5)
L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley has opened a preliminary investigation into whether or not the L.A. Community College District was guilty of malfeasance in its selection of Policy Masters, Inc. to serve as watchdog for the district's troubled $5.7 billion construction program. Policy Masters, Inc. is a newly formed company whose founder has no background in independent audits.
ILLINOIS: Study Gives Revised View of Chicago School Improvements (Education Week - October 5)
Recent analysis of nearly 20 years of data on Chicago’s public schools indicates that high school performance has improved more than elementary school performance, and that the achievement gap between African-Americans and other students has grown over the past two decades.
Mayor Bloomberg announced on Tuesday citywide budget cuts of $2 billion, just a few weeks short of the scheduled layoff of approximately 700 school workers. These cuts will shave $753 million from the city's schools budget.
PENNSYLVANIA: Education Secretary Congratulates Pittsburgh Public School Teacher for Earning 2011 Milken Educator Award (Sacramento Bee - October 4)
Steven Scoville, an eleventh and twelfth-grade Advanced Placement Physics teacher at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, received the Milken Family Foundation's 2011 Milken Educator Award on Tuesday.
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