A virtual school based in Kansas City, Mo., helps students who have been suspended from traditional middle schools to keep up with their academics from home. Such students are often poor and academically far behind their classmates. The program is meant to help them from dropping out.
The Texas Board of Education is set to decide on a science curriculum that would challenge the theory of evolution. Officials say textbooks would need to be changed if that curriculum is adopted, and those textbooks likely would be shipped to other states -- affecting schools nationwide.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday that President Barack Obama's administration values science and supports a "new era" of science education. During a school visit in New Orleans, Duncan did not say how much federal stimulus money would go to science education, but did promise to modernize some school science labs.
Much of Missouri's funding for professional development, teacher mentoring and planning would be eliminated under a House version of the state budget. Nine regional professional-development centers that help districts train teachers receive most of their funding from the state budget.
Only 244 of 468 students who completed classes this past fall at a Washington online school passed, while almost 100 dropped out and presumably returned to bricks-and-mortar alternatives, officials said. The numbers have prompted educators to implement an electronic monitoring system to make sure students are logging in and to visit students at home if they're not.