Weekly News Update: November 16

Monday, 16 November 2009 17:23 by Brendan Campbell

Editor's Note: This is our weekly news roundup of education-related events nationwide and in our launch regions, compiled by one of our amazing interns.  

National:
+ Selling lessons online raises cash and questions (New York Times)
+ How well do students research today? (The Answer Sheet)
+ Top-ten university presidents (Time Magazine) 
+ Will a longer school day help close the achievement gap? (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Should parents be required to volunteer at their student's school (The Answer Sheet)
+ Cash for grades in one North Carolina middle school (USA Today), the principal has since quit (New York Times)
+ Strapped for cash, state colleges are accepting more out of state students (Washington Post)
+ States compete for federal school dollars (New York Times)
+ Do colleges favor male applicants? (NPR)
+ Crazy college traditions (The Answer Sheet)
+ After criticism, the Obama administration is praised for final rules on education grants (New York Times)
+ Why it's important to read to your child (The Answer Sheet)

Chicago
+ 25 students arrested for middle school food fight (New York Times)
+ Chicago changes criteria for admission to magnet, selective schools (Chicago Tribune)
+ CPS gets $50,000 from NFL (Chicago Tribune)

D.C. Metro:
+ Not eager to march to Rhee's drum (Washington Post)
+ Prince George schools to salvage computer system (Washington Post)
+ Sidwell Friends deals with the dark side of limelight (Washington Post)
+ Teacher has a gift for making math add up (Washington Post)

Detroit: 
+ 13 school districts eligible for possible aid (Detroit Free Press)
+ In search of the ugliest schoolyard (
Detroit News)

New York City:
+ Two year colleges, swamped, no longer welcome all (New York Times)
+ Study of Harlem Children's Zone finds gaps closing (Education Week)
+ School of One listed at top 50 inventions of the year (Time Magazine)

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Weekly News Update: November 9

Monday, 9 November 2009 14:56 by Brendan Campbell

Editor's Note: This is our weekly news roundup of education-related events nationwide and in our launch regions, compiled by one of our amazing interns.  

National:
+ Prep schools face cuts in student aid (New York Times)
+ Finding fluency in language lessons (Washington Post)
+ MIT considers increasing enrollment by 300 (New York Times)
+ More report cards go online (USA Today)
+ Florida fails to provide adequate education, suite claims (New York Times)
+ School kids get lesson on education reform (Washington Post)
+ Obama puts spotlight on education grants (The Caucus Blog - New York Times)
+ Fixing music education with Quincy Jones (The Answer Sheet)
+ Race to the Top education grant propels reform (USA Today)
+ Obama offers states rewards for overhauling schools (NPR)
+ More districts use income, not race, when it comes to busing (USA Today)

Chicago
+ Arabic classes coming to three more Chicago schools (Chicago Sun-Times)
+ CPS breakfasts are big on doughnuts, sugary cereals (Chicago Tribune)
+ Two Chicago schools programs offer hope on violence (Chicago Sun-Times)

D.C. Metro:
+ Should Montgomery schools pay millions in penalties? (The Answer Sheet)
+ For a new teacher, a year of work and love (Washington Post)
+ Virginia unlikely to put charter schools on fast track (Washington Post)
+ Report: Too hard to dismiss teachers in DC (Washington Post)

Detroit: 
+ Detroit voters approve schools building project (Chicago Tribune)
+ ACLU accuses DPS of "Dragnet" searches of students (Michigan Radio)

New York City:
+ Pension checks of retired teachers canceled (New York Times)
+ Luxury dorms at Columbia University (New York Times)

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Weekly News Update: November 2

Monday, 2 November 2009 16:18 by Brendan Campbell

Editor's Note: This is our weekly news roundup of education-related events nationwide and in our launch regions, compiled by one of our amazing interns.  

National:
+ Educational video games mix cool with a purpose (New York Times)
+ Schools lowered bar for student achievement after NCLB (APNew York Times)
+ And, which states have the highest standards for students? (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Colleges pushed to change student loan practices (New York Times)
+ A push for colleges to prioritize mental health (NPR)
+ Could texting be good for students? (US News and World Report)
+ 23 university presidents made over $1 Million last year (New York Times)
+ How much is a university president worth (The Answer Sheet)
+ Facing identity conflicts, black students fall behind (NPR), racial achievement gap still plagues schools (NPR)
+ Arne Duncan disappointed over use of stimulus funds (ProPublica)
+ Using social media to connect with parents (Washington Post)
+ College enrollment set a record in 2008 (New York Times)
+ Tutors for 3 year olds? (The Answer Sheet)
+ Once a cheater, always a cheater (Education Week)
+ Should kids have to make up missed school work? (The Answer Sheet)
+ Should teachers voice political opinions in class? Parents weigh in (The Answer Sheet)
+ 30 books to read before college interviews (The Answer Sheet

Chicago
+ The case of the missing juniors (Chicago Tribune)
+ Nation should listen to the youth voices from Chicago (BeyondChron)

D.C. Metro:
+ Education reform long troubled in the District (Washington Post)
+ It's time for a DC schools summit, according to The Answer Sheet
+ Opposition to school closing gets organized (Washington Post)
+ Rhee ignored instructions about cuts, council says (Washington Post)
+ DC leads nation in top "Green Power" schools (The Answer Sheet)
+ Mom takes on critics over who is responsible after school (The Answer Sheet)
+ Rating DC teachers is no easy task (Washington Post)

New York City:
+ New York Harbor School seeks sea change in education (NPR)
+ NYC School board controlled by Bloomberg (New York Times)
+ Talks are quiet as teacher contracts are set to end (New York Times)

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Weekly News Update: October 26

Monday, 26 October 2009 10:48 by Brendan Campbell

Editor's Note: This is our weekly news roundup of education-related events nationwide and in our launch regions, compiled by one of our amazing interns.  

National:
+ The quiet revolution of Race to the Top (New York Times)
+ Who should be eligible for honorary degrees? (The Answer Sheet)
+ Hawaii protesting school changes (New York Times)
+ Race to the Top's false assumptions (The Answer Sheet)
+ Duncan calls for more science testing (Education Week)
+ Teachers' opinions of their jobs and testing (The Answer Sheet)
+ Parents find it easier to talk to kids about drugs than science (New York Daily News)
+ The evolution of school choice (American School)

Chicago
+ H1N1 shuts down high school in suburban Chicago (NPR)

D.C. Metro:
+ Maryland commission blocks online degree program (Washington Post)
+ Cameras to remain in cafeterias (Washington Post)
+ Montgomery elementary to close (Washington Post)

Detroit:
+ Mayor supports $500.5 million bond issue (AP)
+ State cuts school bus inspections (Detroit News)

New York City:
+ New York State Department of Education developing new grading system for teachers (New York Post)
+ Mumps making a comeback in Borough Park (New York Daily News)
+ Mayoral candidate and New York Daily News agree that NYC cannot afford 4% increase in raises

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Weekly News Update: October 12

Monday, 12 October 2009 10:59 by Brendan Campbell

Editor's Note: This is our weekly news roundup of education-related events nationwide and in our launch regions, compiled by one of our amazing interns.  Although we've previously featured this column on Fridays, we'll be moving it to Mondays for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back at the beginning of each week!

National:
+ The uneducated America (NYT - Paul Krugman)
+ New world-wide college rankings, and why they're pointless (
The Answer Sheet) **Ed. Note: While this author argues that they may be pointless, Michigan is ranked 19th Worldwide, so I'm not going to complain**
+ Study finds high rates of imprisonment among high school dropouts (
New York Times)
+ Teachers, scientists, and the Dalai Lama hold a different kind of education conference (
The Answer Sheet)
+ DOE to offer grants for innovative ideas (
New York Times)
+ Veterans struggle to fit into college campuses (
NPR)
+ Is the DOE ignoring segregation in schools? (
Tapped)
+ Obama aims to boost Pell Grants by $40 million (
Washington Post)
+ Arne Duncan on The Colbert Report (
This Week...)
+ Is it tougher being a kid today? (
The Answer Sheet)
+ No miracle, just good teaching (
NPR)
+ Mississippi mandates civil rights classes in schools (
Christian Science Monitor)
+ Homework: The useful and the ridiculous (
The Answer Sheet)
+ A chance to teach beyond the classroom (
Washington Post)
+ Why teens stay up late, and why school starts so early (
The Answer Sheet)
+ Desks and chairs for Martin Middle School (
This Week...)

+ What would you do with $500,000 to combat violence in schools? (This Week...)

 
Chicago
+ Two ways to curb Chicago's violence (Christian Science Monitor)
+ A student's death points to uptick in gang violence (PBS)
+ Are school closings the root of teen violence? (MSNBC)
+ The etiquette of snitching (WBEZ

D.C. Metro:
+ Making science cool again (Washington Post)
+ Protesters decry teacher firings (Washington Post)

Detroit:
+ DPS to pay $40 million for advisers (mLive)
+ DPS school board votes against backing $500 million ballot measure (Detroit Free Press)
+ Detroit Coaxes Students to High-Stakes Roll Call (Wall Street Journal)
+ Toxin at Detroit high school to bring more testing (Detroit Free Press)

New York City:
+ NYPS to pay $1 in damages to student for refusing to allow Bible Club (Examiner)

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