DAILY NEWS ROUNDUP

Preschool Advocates in California Seek More Funding

January 13, 2015

Advocates for expanding preschool to low-income 4-year-olds were disappointed with the 4,000 additional enrollment slots proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in his 2015-16 budget released Friday.  The new slots are for the 2015-16 school year, but Brown had already agreed in the last legislative session to provide those slots, said Ted Lempert, president of the […]

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Rally to Fund Schools Draws Hundreds to Albany

January 13, 2015

Hundreds of school children, parents, Democratic lawmakers and union organizers came to the Capitol to rally for more money for New York’s schools. The event was part of what’s become known as Moral Mondays, modeled after similar events in North Carolina. That movement was led by Reverend William Barber II, a North Carolina chapter leader […]

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White House Still Backs Annual Testing in Schools

January 13, 2015

With debates about the appropriate role for the federal government in public education increasingly polarized, the secretary of education, Arne Duncan, insisted on Monday that the administration would not back away from annual testing for students and performance evaluations of teachers based in part on the results of the tests. In a speech on Monday […]

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A Supreme Court Case That Public Education Advocates Should Be Watching

January 13, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of issuing a major setback to neighborhood integration, and thus to school improvement, in a case that has attracted little attention outside the fair housing community. Educators should take note: The segregation of low-income minority schools undermines efforts to narrow achievement gaps between middle class and […]

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Buffalo Schools Cited as Case Study for Greater State Intervention

January 5, 2015

Buffalo Public Schools have become the poster child for “struggling schools” in New York State that may require more drastic state intervention, the Board of Regents says in a letter to the Cuomo administration. “Under the law as it exists now, we have done everything that is humanly possible, against a lot of odds,” Chancellor […]

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