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.
States could lose federal money if they cannot prove they do not have a law that bars students from praying in school when appropriate. Separately, the family of a student who says she was victimized by her choice not to attend a Christian retreat has sued the school district.
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.
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.
Most U.S. public school classrooms are wired, but just because the Web is out there doesn't mean teachers know how to use it in the classroom, Professor James Guthrie says. He suggests new ways of getting technology funds to the most needy areas and further incorporating online learning and testing into students' work.