Archive for January 2014 - Page 4

    • Parents’ private school choice not about test scores

      (Ga.) Classroom management and learning environment ranked highest among parents choosing private school over public education – well ahead of scoring on standardized testing, according to a new survey from the Friedman Foundation For Education Choice.

    • Zero tolerance leaves mixed legacy of safer schools

      (N.Y.) New research from the Vera Institute suggests zero tolerance policies haven’t made schools safer and may, in fact, do more to contribute to the achievement gap and dropout rates.

    • Dems would use CA’s surplus to fund early ed

      Note: Story updated to correct cost of program.

      (Calif.) Legislative leaders announced on Tuesday a proposal to fund a statewide program offering every four-year-old in California a year of “high-quality, voluntary transitional kindergarten.”

    • Schools consider student tracking through bio markers

      (Wash.) The Puyallup School District last month, facing backlash from parents, backed away from a plan to install and use in its lunch rooms palm scanners – advanced technology designed to speed up long lines and provide accurate accounting.

      Two years ago, a Maryland district – among the first in the nation to use the palm-scanning technology – pulled the plug on its program after being bombarded with complaints from parents and others who said this type of data collection violates students’ right to privacy and that too little information about how it could be used was made available.

    • More states using early exposure to attract kids to college

      (Vt.) While high school graduation rates in Vermont are among the highest in the nation, only about half of the state’s graduates go on to college, and just half of those complete their education in four years.

      In an attempt to turn that around, Gov. Peter Shumlin is putting his own twist on an existing program – in limited use in the Green Mountain state but more so in others across the nation – known as the “early college” initiative.

    • Brown’s new regs trim schools’ spending flexibility

       (Calif.) Bowing to pressure from legislative leaders and advocates for low-income students, the Brown administration has promulgated draft regulations imposing far more accountability requirements over billions in new school funding than originally proposed.

    • Teen-parent ed programs still facing precarious future

      (Calif.) Last year, more than half of the young mothers enrolled in the Alameda County Office of Education’s Cal-SAFE program graduated with a high school diploma, but the program's future is uncertain under the terms of the state’s new school funding system that gives most of the spending decisions to local officials.