In Florida, where standardized testing has become the sole gauge for school success, an education commissioner recently made news merely by noting that school performance probably should be interpreted using a broader set of measures, writes the St. Petersburg Times editorial board, which says such an acknowledgement is overdue.
A Texas bill to require all public schools to offer high school students an elective course in the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments would be great -- if that was its real intent, the Houston Chronicle editorial board writes. But the courses could easily wind up shilling for fundamentalist Christianity and opening up Texas schools to court challenges.
With a $14.28 million federal grant, Philadelphia will unveil its largest summer school program, one designed to help children in pre-k through grade 12. Philadelphia expects as many as 40,000 students to sign up for summer school.
New Prince George's County, Md., Superintendent Andre J. Hornsby said his reform plan would focus on literacy and making sure money was being spent in the best interests of the district's 135,000 students. County officials generally have praised the decision to hire Hornsby, who was the former superintendent of Yonkers, N.Y., schools and the current president of the National Alliance of Black Educators.
The Kentucky Department of Education next month is launching a program designed to recruit and train black superintendents. Participants will participate in one year internships, during which they will work as assistants to successful superintendents to learn what the job entails.