|The Daily News Digest presents highlights of education and education reform news, chosen from a wide variety of media outlets and differing perspectives to reflect potentially high-impact events and ideas. The inclusion of any news item should not be construed as an implied endorsement by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; the latter celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2014.|
Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California
New York Times 6/10/14
by Jennifer Medina
U.S. Senate Spending Panel Zeroes Out Race to the Top Proposal
Education Week: Politics K-12 blog 6/10/14
by Alyson Klein
The Obama administration's splashiest new K-12 initiative a new iteration of the Race to the Top program aimed at bolstering educational equity was rejected by Senate Democrats under a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 approved by a spending subcommittee Tuesday.
Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test
Huffington Post 6/10/13
by Dennis Van Roekel
Public education in our country is amazingly complex and varied. No single idea, policy or solution can begin to address all the challenges in 50 states, 15,000 districts and 90,000 public schools. Add to that complexity the law of unintended consequences, and you begin to see the danger in the emphasis on “accountability” that came into vogue with the passage of President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” law.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Charter School Proponent, Loses Primary
Education Week 6/10/14
by Lauren Camera
In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Republican primary for the 7th District of Virginia Tuesday night to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat. Brat, a little-known economics professor at Randolph-Macon College whose fundraising efforts paled in comparison to Cantor’s, ran hard against immigration reform and to the far right of the Majority Leader on most issues. Just before 9 p.m., Brat claimed 56 percent of the votes and Cantor 44 percent, with 83 percent of the total vote reported.
Success Academy Seeks 14 More Charter Schools in New York City
New York Times 6/10/14
by Al Baker
A charter school network that recently clashed with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the use of public school space is seeking to vastly expand its footprint in New York City, announcing on Tuesday that it wants to open 14 more schools over the next two years.
Obama To Address Grads At Worcester School
by Jim Kuhnhenn (AP)
WASHINGTON Sixteen years ago, Worcester Technical High School was so outdated it nearly shut down. In a salute to a remarkable turnaround, President Obama will deliver the school’s commencement address Wednesday, the latest in a string of honors for a school whose demographic and educational profiles make it a model of achievement.
Includes audio interview with principal Sheila Harrity (2:49)