City Council Education Committee members yesterday said changes made last year to the city's school assignment plan had not made the process better. Councilwoman Eva S. Moskowitz said the new rules had prevented principals from getting information about student rankings from the schools they were most eager to attend. School officials defended the new system, saying it was fairer and more efficient.
A report by the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition says 90% of Boston's public schools have environmental problems such as leaky roofs, poor ventilation or cockroaches that can cause allergies or asthma attacks.
Colorado schools chiefs worry that every student they lose to cyberschools will cost them about $10,000 in state money. Superintendent Paul Dellacroce admits he created the Miami-Yoder district's online pilot program, in part, to help protect his budget.
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Francis Barnes as state education secretary yesterday. During the hearing, Barnes called a recent relaxation of state testing standards that allowed 81% of schools, rather than what likely would have been only 61%, to pass this year a "reasonable" adjustment that aligned Pennsylvania's accountability system with those of other states.
Detroit Public School officials may have to close as many as 20 schools and lay off staff after the system lost 9,307 students since last year. As a result of the decline, the district will have to slash an additional $24 million above the $250 million in cuts officials are already facing.