U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is distributing about $2.7 billion in stimulus funds that wasn't expected to be released until the fall. The date was changed to help states that are facing budget shortfalls.
Los Angeles' Birmingham High School will become a charter school beginning next fall, in a move approved Wednesday by the district's school board. Board member Tamar Galatzan, an alumna of the school, said it was unfortunate that the district's schools feel they must leave the system to be innovative.
Across the country, school districts are gutting summer-school programs to save money even though research indicates summer school may help reduce the achievement gap for low-income children. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has urged districts to spend education stimulus funds on summer school, but many are struggling to plug budget holes or pay for school-year programs.
Teachers seem to be some pundits' favorite scapegoats, a trend that prompted a Teacher Leaders Network discussion of how educators can combat such attitudes, says network co-founder and moderator John Norton. Educators must become better spokespeople for their profession, members said, openly discussing teachers' challenges and triumphs.
A New Jersey alternative-teacher-training program has record enrollment as laid-off workers and others unsatisfied with their careers take intensive classes this summer meant to prepare them for classrooms by fall. About a third of all first-year New Jersey teachers were certified through such programs during the 2007-08 school year.