DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

New York City Schools Have 80 Minutes of New Teacher Training Each Week

September 17, 2014

After years of meeting over lunch and between bells, the city’s teachers now have 80 uninterrupted minutes every Monday afternoon to collaborate and train. Committees at most schools are still figuring out how to spend the weekly sessions, which were mandated by the new teachers contract and are the cornerstone of Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s plan to uplift the school […]

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Google Flash Funds LAUSD Teacher Projects with $1 million

September 17, 2014

LA Unified has received a generous surprise gift from Google, as the tech company announced it has funded all classroom teacher projects in the district on the crowdfunding site: DonorsChoose.org. The nearly $1 million donation will go to 769 teachers, who submitted proposals for projects and materials. The donation included pencils, books, laptops, musical instruments and […]

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Rhode Island’s Race to the Top Spending Winds Down

September 17, 2014

Rhode Island’s Race to the Top Steering Committee held its final meeting on Monday, as Rhode Island enters the final year of spending from the $75 million federal education grant. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist presented a review of how the money has been used. Slightly less than $10 million remains from the grant. The largest […]

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Report: 30 Percent of Virginia Schools Come Up Short

September 17, 2014

Virginia education officials say more than 30 percent of the state’s public schools failed to meet full accreditation standards last year. The Department of Education reported Tuesday that 68 percent of the state’s 1,827 schools were fully accredited based on Standards of Learning test results. That is down from 77 percent the previous year and […]

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Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Tops Legislative Agenda

September 17, 2014

Philadelphia’s school system drew nearer to a badly needed infusion of cash with a unanimous Pennsylvania House committee vote Tuesday in favor of a $2-a-pack cigarette tax in the city. The 135,000-student Philadelphia school district began the school year with an enormous hole in its $2.6 billion budget. It has cut 5,000 jobs and closed […]

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New York State Challenge Planned on Teacher Tenure Law

June 24, 2014

A new advocacy group is helping parents prepare a challenge to New York’s teacher tenure and seniority laws, contending that they violate children’s constitutional right to a sound basic education by keeping ineffective teachers in classrooms. The preparations to challenge the state’s tenure laws this summer follow a landmark ruling in California earlier this month. […]

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