Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in ‘No Child’ Law (New York Times, 2/1/10)The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination of the law’s 2014 deadline for bringing every American child to academic proficiency.
An analysis of Georgia standardized tests is raising fears that the exams may have been altered by teachers or administrators worried about facing sanctions under No Child Left Behind. If educators are to blame, it would constitute one of the largest scandals of its kind since the passage of the law, which mandates the replacement of administrators and staff members in underperforming schools.
Childhood Obesity Battle Is Taken Up by First Lady (New York Times, 2/9/10) The White House, led by Michelle Obama, announced a sweeping initiative on Tuesday aimed at revamping the way American children eat and play — reshaping school lunches, playgrounds and even medical checkups — with the goal of eliminating childhood obesity within a generation.
At a Haiti school's reopening, a lesson in sharing (Los Angeles Times, 2/2/10)Monday, February 1st was the first day that schools in Haiti could reopen after the earthquake. The entire national school system -- already among the poorest in the world -- had been shut down, and most schools in Port-au-Prince are eyeing a March restart. An estimated 70% to 80% of the schools in the capital were damaged or destroyed, and no one is yet sure whether the rest are safe to enter.
The nation's public schools are falling under severe financial stress as states slash education spending and drain federal stimulus money that staved off deep classroom cuts and widespread job losses. School districts have already suffered big budget cuts since the recession began two years ago, but experts say the cash crunch will get a lot worse as states run out of stimulus dollars.