January 11, 2012
Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 15
Teacher Preparation Boston Teacher 'Residents' Seen Outpacing Peers Later in Career
But in the short run, teachers in the Boston program were less effective at raising student math scores, a study concludes.
School & District Management Conn. Superintendents Push New Vision for Schooling
The superintendents don't want schooling to be limited by classroom walls, a traditional school calendar, or standard grade progressions.
School & District Management Fraud and Misconduct Cost Chicago Schools, Report Finds
In the year leading up to the overhaul of the Chicago public schools' leadership, the district was beset by troubling instances of fraud and employee misconduct, including $1.13 million in improper benefits paid to retired teachers, systemic abuse of the federal free lunch program at a West Side high school, and a scheme by a central-office employee to use school funds to buy items he later exchanged for cash, according to the Chicago district's inspector general.
School Choice & Charters Gov. Signs Bill to Increase Michigan Charter Schools
Public universities in Michigan will be able to authorize an unlimited number of charter schools by 2015 under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Education Funding Idaho Ends Stipend Program for National-Board Certification
Idaho is ending a stipend for teachers earning national board certification, and some fear the loss of that incentive will result in fewer educators completing the rigorous program, which can take up to three years to finish.
School & District Management Judge Denies Request to Halt K.C. Transfers
A Jackson County, Mo., judge has denied a request from six suburban Kansas City school districts to temporarily halt the transfer of students from the 17,400-student Kansas City district, which lost its accreditation this month.
School & District Management Defense Budget Bill Lifts Limits on Cyber-Graduate Enlistments
Graduates of virtual high schools are now equal to graduates of brick-and-mortar schools in the eyes of military recruiters.
School & District Management Online Algebra I Class Can Boost Rural Students' Access, Skills
A new study notes the benefits of providing the class to 8th graders who would not otherwise have access to formal algebra curriculum.
Education Capital Recap
The following offers highlights of the recent legislative sessions. Precollegiate enrollment figures are based on fall 2010 data reported by state officials for public elementary and secondary schools. The figures for precollegiate education spending do not include federal flow-through funds, unless noted.