A Florida plan to pay outstanding teachers a 5% bonus has yielded few takers so far. Some teachers said the money should be used to increase all educators' salaries and others said the program could be "divisive."
Community colleges in the state will set up charter schools to help disadvantaged students earn a diploma and an associate's degree in four years. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $9 million to the effort.
A Pittsburgh high school tried to offer students two "A"s in return for taking a standardized test and putting forth a good effort. The school principal said she wanted to encourage the students to take the test seriously, but a district administrator heard of the plan and canceled the grade swap.
Though House Democrats and Republicans agree on the main points of a new special education bill, they disagree over funding. Democrats want a guarantee that 40% of the money needed will come from federal funds within six years, while Republicans say this would kill the bill's chances to pass.
Microsoft says it plans to alter the licensing terms for its Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 software suite to encourage broader adoption in the consumer market. Anyone in a household with a qualifying teacher and student would be permitted to use the product under the new licensing scheme.