School districts nationwide are working to recruit highly qualified teachers for rural schools, which often have fewer resources and more disadvantaged students. Officials say it can be difficult to recruit teachers to remote areas. But efforts are under way to entice more teachers to rural schools, and also to prepare them for the challenges they will face there. Some students are receiving scholarships to return to teach in their hometowns, and the University of South Dakota has created a rural-teaching track for students.
A National Board Certified Teacher says that educators should go beyond the standards of No Child Left Behind when considering the data used in school decision-making. In this blog post, Anthony Cody advocates for educators to reconsider what school and student data are deemed important, and he questions the effect of NCLB's rigid testing standards on student subgroups and areas other than English and math.
Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has announced the creation of 13 "theme-based" programs that will offer specialized instruction in science and technology, the arts and other areas. The programs, to be created at existing schools, were launched in response to a large number of students leaving D.C. public schools for charter schools.
Charter-school founders such as John Zitzner say they're eager to meet Education Secretary Arne Duncan's call to apply their most successful models to struggling schools. Some are skeptical, however, that those who have opened successful charter schools are well-equipped to turn around thousands of schools.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has repeatedly called for abolishing the Board of Education in favor of mayoral control of the nation's largest school system, but he hasn't put forth any concrete proposals, one article asserts. Bloomberg has intimated his desire to give principals power to assign experienced teachers to low-performing classrooms, but he is said to remain silent on issues surrounding curriculum changes. Critics say Bloomberg won't be able to raise test scores if he gains control.