Republican infighting over Common Core makes the Democratic division look small. Looking back at Columbine, 15 years later. Field trips -- just for teachers? Here's a roundup of national education news for everyone to check out. You can get more national education news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).
Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core NYT: The Common Core, a set of national educational standards, is seen by some conservatives as federal overreach. But in contrast to the Affordable Care Act, it has Republican defenders.
Jindal, teachers agree over firing appeals process NOLA.com: Gov. Jindal has agreed to adjust a 2012 state law surrounding teachers' job security and firings that he helped craft, after losing a legal battle with an educator facing dismissal earlier this year.
15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? NPR: The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.
A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers NPR: Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.
Kansas: First Lady’s Visit Draws Criticism NYT: Some Topeka high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair, and not include Michelle Obama.
National Service Advocates Say Washington Has Abandoned Its Bipartisan Promise To Them BuzzFeed: In 2009, national service advocates celebrated as President Obama and a large bipartisan coalition in Congress pledged to expand prized AmeriCorps slots from the current 80,000 to 250,000, fulfilling a promise to expand national service supported by Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Columbine Shooter's Mom Gave A Chilling Account Of Discovering Her Son's Massacre 15 Years Ago Today Business Insider: Dylan Klebold's parents, Thomas and Susan, recently entered the spotlight again as two of several subjects in Andrew Solomon's book about parenting abnormal children. In the NYT,
Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline LA Times: Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson's wish list. So when the Long Beach high school senior received a rejection from the Ivy League campus, she was disappointed but also knew she had tons of company.
Michigan students march to end ‘zero tolerance’ approach to school discipline PBS: About 150 Michigan students, parents and educators plan to take the 90-mile trip from Detroit to the state’s capital in Lansing Monday through Wednesday to protest schools’ zero-tolerance discipline policies. That may not seem like much of an undertaking – but they’re making the trek on foot.
Lessons from a successful ‘dropout recruiter’ PBS NewsHour: Dropping out can translate into reduced hope of earning a diploma, but thanks to a graduation proponent known as the “Dropout Recruiter,” both young men succeeded in obtaining their high school degrees. “They call me the tracker,” said Charlie Bean of St. Louis Public Schools. “I track kids down and get them back in school.”
Santa Monica High Scool teacher reinstated after fight with student caught on video LA Daily News: A Santa Monica High School science teacher who was placed on leave after being caught on video fighting with a student he had confronted about drugs in class will be back at work Monday, the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District announced today.
De Blasio dismisses implications of retroactive pay deal ChalkbeatNY: Mayor de Blasio said that the city's contract deal with the MTA, which includes retroactive pay, won't affect other negotiations.
Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests WNYC: Following the recent controversy around the state's English tests for grades 3-8, we invited four educators to WNYC's studios over spring break to hear why they're so critical of the tests. Three of the four work at schools that were involved in a protest rally earlier this month, organized by nearly 40 Manhattan principals.
Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents Seattle Times: "Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests.
The Common Core makes simple math more complicated. Here's why. Vox: It's reasonable that parents will be confused by the new way of doing things, says Meyer, the former math teacher and Ph.D. student. But he says that parents' education wasn't particularly effective, even if they're confident in their arithmetic. When tested on their math skills, American adults ranked third-to-last compared to other developed countries.