News From Other Places

A look at this week's education news from other parts of the country:

Value of $125,000-a-Year Teachers NYT

If you pay educators extremely well, will that translate into success for students? A school set to open in New York in September may answer that question.

Hundreds protest outside school board meeting Seattle PI
The day Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson was to receive her performance review from the school board, more than 200 people -- teachers, students and supporters -- protested staff reductions at district headquarters.

4-year colleges graduate 53% of students in 6 yearsUSA Today

Nationally, four-year colleges graduated an average of just 53% of entering students within six years, and "rates below 50%, 40% and even 30% are distressingly easy to find," says the report by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Al Sharpton emerges as Obama ally Politico

Now the Department of Education is making plans for Sharpton to join Secretary Arne Duncan on a five-city tour this fall — an idea that Duncan’s aides say came directly from the White House after the Oval Office meeting.

High-stakes testing cut in half for Alabama elementary, middle schoolsBirmingham News

"Under No Child Left Behind, the only two pieces of the SAT-10 that were needed were reading and math, to augment the Alabama Reading and Math Test," he said. "We don't need the other subjects, and it was taking two weeks away from instructional time ...

Arne Duncan returns for basketball tournament WLS Radio

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is back in the Chicago area Saturday, but it is basketball, not politics, on his agenda.

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