November 2, 2011
Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 10
School & District Management Study Warns of Limited Savings from Closing Schools
If big-city districts are looking to close budget gaps, shuttering schools may not be the best strategy.
Standards Common Core Stacks Up Well vs. Other Respected Standards
A new study pits the common-core standards against those of California, Massachusetts, Texas, the International Baccalaureate, and a college-based set.
Infrastructure Missouri Repeals Teacher-Student Facebook Restrictions
The measure had generated an unexpected backlash, with teachers raising concerns they would be barred from using popular social media sites.
Education Portland, Ore., Schools to Allow Anti-War Groups Equal Access
The school board voted unanimously to give anti-war "counter-recruiters" the same access to high school students that military recruiters receive.
Accountability Tougher School Evaluations Expected to Surprise Chicago
The Chicago school district is adopting a more rigorous internal-evaluation system that judges schools on how well they prepare students for college.
Law & Courts Judge Rejects Suit Challenging Alabama Property-Tax System
A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's property-tax system does not violate the equal-protection rights of black and poor students.
Education Funding Four Race to Top States Lag in Teacher Evaluations
A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality criticizes four of the 12 Race to the Top winners for not delivering high-quality, ambitious teacher-evaluation plans.