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Daily Headlines for November 23, 2011

Evaluating Teacher Education Programs
News Leader, MO, November 22, 2011
After years of developing and implementing classroom teacher evaluation systems and holding schools accountable for student outcomes, an additional focus is beginning to emerge: the evaluation of teacher education programs.

STATE COVERAGE

Trial Scheduled For Arizona’s Voucher-Like Program
East Valley Tribune, AZ, November 22, 2011
The trial in the lawsuit against Arizona’s new empowerment scholarship account program begins 9:30 a.m. Monday.

California Teachers Association Opposes Think Long Committee’s
Sacramento Bee, CA, November 23, 2011
A sweeping tax overhaul unveiled this week by a billionaire-backed coalition of political leaders has drawn fire from the California Teachers Association, one of the most influential groups at the Capitol and on the campaign trail.

Justices Pave Way For Possible Showdown Between Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter
Palo Alto Daily News, CA, November 23, 2011
An appellate court this week refused to hear the Los Altos School District’s case against Bullis Charter School , setting up either a possible showdown in the California Supreme Court or an end to the long-running legal dispute.

New City Charter School In Doubt
Long Beach Gazette, CA, November 22, 2011
With a new regulation in effect that gives the state the authority to revoke a charter from a school after review, New City Public Schools is facing the possible elimination of its own charter, due to recent lower test scores.

Mt. Diablo School District Estimates Clayton Valley High Charter Conversion Could Cost Up To $4.2 Million A Year
Contra Costa Times, CA, November 22, 2011
The Mt. Diablo school district now estimates it would lose between $1.8 million and $4.2 million annually starting in 2012-13 if Clayton Valley High converts to a charter school.

Another Approach: Charter Schools
Colorado Spring Independent, CO, November 22, 2011
Nearly 20 years ago, the Colorado

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Daily Headlines for November 22, 2011

Teachers Union Leader Says Battle’s Just Begun
Washington Times, DC, November 21, 2011
The head of the nation’s largest labor union says Republican efforts to restrain the power of unions has produced a middle-class backlash across the country that could cost Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP politicians their jobs.

STATE COVERAGE

Ask Tougher Questions About School Choice Issue
Portsmouth Herald, NH, November 22, 2011
I was very disappointed in your article last week about state Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry’s visit to our elementary schools and her support to remove school choice for Portsmouth parents.

NYSUT Tries To Stack The Deck
Albany Times Union, NY, November 21, 2011
A “model” teacher evaluation process proposed by New York State United Teachers, after collaborating with several school districts, seems more like a scheme for protecting teachers from being fired regardless of their performance.

Suburban Schools vs. Charter: First Round Goes to the Suburbs
New Jersey Spotlight, NJ, November 22, 2011
An administrative law decision in favor of three suburban districts fighting a charter school in their midst could embolden districts facing similar battles.

New Jersey Teachers Union Offers A Lame Substitute For Long, Expensive Termination Process
Duluth Weekly, NJ, November 21, 2011
The reason? New Jersey’s teacher tenure law requires school districts to follow a series of complicated, expensive and time-consuming steps before they are allowed to fire veteran teachers.

Districts Will Try Ads To Win Students
Murrysville Star, PA, November 22, 2011
Public school districts in Western Pennsylvania could start advertising to bring students back after more than a decade of losing them — and millions of state tax dollars — to charter schools.

Evaluating Teachers Must Include Measure of Student Growth
News Journal, DE, November 21, 2011
Two years ago, Delaware’s teachers, school leaders, and other stakeholders

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Daily Headlines: November 21, 2011

Charity 2.0? Silicon Valley Reinvents Philanthropy.
Christian Science Monitor, MA, November 19, 2011

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs bring a fresh eye to social problems. In some cases, their innovative solutions are changing the way charity is delivered.

Governors Are Responsible For Schools
Philadelphia Inquirer Blog, PA, November 20, 2011
Perhaps nowhere is this approach to governing more maddening than when elected officials whose responsibilities include educating children start talking like public schools are a bacterium they won’t touch. The schools are always their problem, and their means teachers.

STATE COVERAGE

Charter Schools Help Academics
Anniston Star, AL, November 21, 2011
The Star’s editorial beautifully outlined the positive options charter schools can offer a community and the guidelines for legislation necessary to keep those options positive. Beyond opportunities for parents and children that encourage all public schools to step up their game, research is increasingly demonstrating that charters boost students’ academic results directly.

Californians Support Making Teachers’ Reviews Public
Los Angeles Times, CA, November 20, 2011
A majority of California voters want teacher evaluations made public and want student test scores factored into the reviews, the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll finds.

A Too-Costly Waiver for No Child Left Behind
Los Angeles Times, CA, November 20, 2011
California is right not to follow requirements to opt out of the law’s provisions. The state has better methods of holding schools to account.

Charter Schools: Learn To Find What Works
The Coloradoan, CO, November 21, 2011
In a city full of educational options, charter schools provide yet another educational pathway for parents in Fort Collins to consider as they prepare their children for an ever-changing world of technology and changing career possibilities.

Repeal Secrecy, Then Tenure
Register Citizen, CT, November 20, 2011
With both the executive and legislative branches of state government in the hands of the Democratic Party and thus

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Daily Headlines for November 18, 2011

States Strengthening Teacher Evaluation Standards
Associated Press, November 18, 2011
Teachers and principals’ own report cards are getting a lot more attention.

Fixing Schools
The Record, NJ, November 18, 2011
CYNICS say the best thing about the No Child Left Behind Act is its name. While we’re not going that far, it’s apparent that the federal law has some significant flaws.

STATE COVERAGE

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San Diego Times-Union, CA, November 17, 2011
A battle over middle school students in South County has erupted with the Sweetwater Union High School District trying to lure students away from non-district charter schools in an organized campaign that includes handing out leaflets in school parking lots.

In Series Of Split Decisions, Denver School Board Changes Campus Offerings
Denver Post, CO, November 18, 2011
The Denver Public Schools board Thursday night approved the closure of an alternative charter school run by a for-profit company, the co-location of a new elementary school in southeast Denver ‘s Merrill Middle School , and a delay in the opening of a new KIPP elementary school.

Life Skills Charter School Fights To Stay Open
9News, CO, November

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Daily Headlines: November 17, 2011

County Board Approves Three Rocketship Charter Schools
Mercury News, CA, November 16, 2011
Rocketship Education, whose innovative charter schools have scored remarkable success in teaching poor and Latino children, won approval Wednesday to open three more K-5 schools in San Jose next year.

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Sacramento Bee, CA, November 17, 2011
Rather than disrupt successful schools, board members and the community should reject the West Campus/Sac High ideas for a swap or co-location. Better to explore the constructive Borg and Cuneo ideas.

Next Charter Steps Could Create Model
Reporter Herald, CO, November 17, 2011
The next steps for Berthoud’s proposed charter school could set the tone for future charter proposals but, more important, they are key for the community of Berthoud.

Pryor Comes Home, Promises Charter Boost
New Haven Independent, CT, November 16, 2011
In a visit to the hometown charter school he founded 13 years ago, Stefan Pryor applauded the school’s expansion—and vowed to support more Amistad Academies in

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Daily Headlines: November 16, 2011

11 States Seek Relief From ‘No Child’ Provisions, in Return for Raising Standards
New York Times, NY, November 16, 2011
Eleven states applied for waivers exempting them from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law by the federal government’s first deadline, promising in return to adopt higher standards and carry out other elements of the Obama administration’s school improvement agenda, the Department of Education said on Tuesday.

With Hispanic Students on The Rise, Hispanic Teachers in Short Supply
Washington Post, DC, November 16, 2011
The surge in Hispanic students across the nation is forcing schools to reckon with a deep shortage of teachers who share their cultural heritage.

Public School Teachers Aren’t Underpaid
USA Today, November 15, 2011
Based on these findings and other supporting data, our best estimate is that teacher salaries are about equal with similarly skilled private employees.

Walton Family Foundation Gives $25 Million to KIPP Foundation
Denver Post, CO, November 15, 2011
The Walton Family Foundation has announced a $25 million grant to the KIPP Foundation to support the nationwide network of KIPP public charter schools.

STATE COVERAGE

Mayor Invites State Takeover of Lawrence Schools
Eagle Tribune, NH, November 15, 2011
Mayor William Lantigua today said he has asked the state to take over the city’s public schools.

State Bonds Boost Schools’ Expansion Plans
Cape Cod Times, MA, November 16, 2011
Two public Cape charter schools — Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis and Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School soon to be in East Harwich — are getting public financing to build new schools.

School Choice Lottery Poorly Managed, Critics Say
Hartford Courant , CT, November 16, 2011
Diana Turner’s son, Travis, is thriving at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford , but her daughter, Arianna, has missed out on a chance for a magnet school four

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Daily Headlines: November 15, 2011

Congress Backslides on School Reform
Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2011
A funny thing happened on the way to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the sweeping school-reform law better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB): The debate over reauthorization has spawned a political alliance between the tea party and the teachers unions.

No Cuts Left Behind As Schools Squeeze Most Out Of Budgets
Washington Times, DC, November 14, 2011
For cash-strapped states and school districts, everything is on the table. Budget items that once seemed immune to cuts — including bus service and American flags — have become fair game for officials forced to count every penny.

STATE COVERAGE

Mesa Public Schools Bolsters Communication, Marketing
Arizona Republic, AZ, November 14, 2011
With its declining enrollment and increasing competition for students from charter and private schools, Mesa Public Schools has plans to fortify its image with an expanded marketing and community relations department.

State Board of Education Rejects Bilingual Charter School
Arkansas News, AR, November 14, 2011
The board delayed action on an application for a charter school in Marianna that would target troubled youths.

Taxes Pay for Wealthy Kids at Charter School
Bloomberg, November 15, 2011
Bullis isn’t a high-end private school. It’s a taxpayer- funded, privately run public school, part of the charter-school movement that educates 1.8 million U.S. children. While charters are heralded for offering underprivileged kids an alternative to failing U.S. districts, Bullis gives an admissions edge to residents of parts of Los Altos Hills, where the median home is worth $1 million and household income is $219,000, four times the state average.

College Compact Excludes Charters
San Diego Union-Tribune, CA, November 14, 2011
The rules leave out any students who attend seventh and eighth grade at charter schools in nearby elementary school districts. Previously, those students could

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Daily Headlines: November 14, 2011

GOP Hopefuls Would Limit Federal Role In Education
Associated Press, November 14, 2011
When it comes to education, the Republican field of presidential candidates has a unified stance: Get the federal government out of schools. How they’d do that varies.

/11/10_things_to_think_about_as_mi.html”>10 Things To Think About As Michigan And Other States Overhaul Teacher Evaluations
Kalamazoo Gazette, MI, November 13, 2011
Now 33 states — including Michigan — are overhauling their teacher evaluation systems, one of the most significant shakeups in U.S. education in recent years.

Time Running Out On School Finance Overhaul
Arizona Daily Sun, AZ, November 13, 2011
The results from Tuesday’s school elections in Arizona show again just how broken the school funding system is. And without an overhaul that will involve a new vision for the role of public education in Arizona , it’s likely to get worse.

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Daily Headlines: November 11, 2011

Subtraction by Distraction

Center for Education Progress, November 10, 2011
As value-added measures become an accepted component of teacher evaluations, states and school districts will increasingly have to grapple with the question of how much information should be made available to the public and how much should remain private because of the nature of the information about individual teachers.

STATE COVERAGE

School Board Questioned About Charter School
Press Enterprise, CA, November 10, 2011
Community members questioned the Nuview Union school board’s decision to approve a charter school during a tense meeting Thursday.

Names of Race to the Top Review Panel for Colorado’s Application to Stay Anonymous
Denver Post, CO, November 11, 2011
Colorado officials felt at least one reviewer unfairly treated the state’s failed application for federal Race to the Top grant money, but they’ll never know who it was.

Jefferson County Public Schools and Education Reform
Denver Post, CO, November 11, 2011
Colorado is reforming schools, and how we evaluate educators’ effectiveness and improve their skills are in the spotlight. In Jeffco Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, we are proud of our many teachers who inspire students every day — and we know all teachers can get even better with the right support.

CO Teachers to Face Tougher Evaluations
KKCO, CO, November 10, 2011
Colorado teachers will be facing tougher assessments that can affect whether or not they’ll keep their jobs. Last year’s Senate Bill 10-191 called for a state-wide teacher assessment system. This week, a slew of recommendations have been approved by the Colorado the Board of Education.

Grading System Is Mixed Bag
Highlands Today, FL, November 11, 2011
As administrators and peer evaluators observe teachers in the classroom using the new evaluation system, concerns persist about whether student test data will be able to fairly and equitably gauge teacher effectiveness.

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Daily Headlines: November 10, 2011

Are Teachers Overpaid?
US News & World Report, November 9, 2011
Teacher pay has long been blamed for the diminishing quality of education in the United States . Education activists from former first lady Laura Bush to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan argue that salaries for teachers should be increased both to properly compensate teachers for their difficult occupation and to lure more competent young people into the profession.

STATE COVERAGE

A Chance To Improve: Charter Schools, If Done Properly, Could Help Anniston Education
Anniston Star, AL, November 10, 2011
With a year as the majority party under their belts, Alabama’s Republican legislative leaders this week announced in broad strokes their aims for Montgomery’s 2012 session.

Relief from No Child Left Behind Too Expensive, State Officials Say
Los Angeles Times, CA, November 9, 2011
It would cost cash-strapped California at least $2 billion to meet the requirements for relief from the federal No Child Left Behind law, state officials reported Wednesday to the California Board of Education.

Barnidge: A Little Late To Worry About Charter Dividing The School District
Contra Costa Times, CA, November 9, 2011
As opponents of Clayton Valley High School’s charter petition took turns at the microphone at Tuesday’s Mt. Diablo school board meeting — students, parents, teachers and administrators from other district schools all piped up — the words varied, but the message was unmistakable: If we have to be stuck with this school district, so do you.

Charter Schools Do-Over
LA Weekly, CA, November 10, 2011
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have moved to close a loophole in the charter school admissions process in the wake of an Oct. 13 L.A. Weekly story — and a school featured in our story also has changed its policies.

Kindergarten Fair Markets To Parents
Enterprise-Record, CA, November 10, 2011
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