Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued rules for a $4 billion grant program to promote innovation in education, allaying fears from some education groups that it would be too focused on testing.
More than two-thirds of U.S. teachers disapprove of how their public schools are run and 90 percent say “routine duties and paperwork” interfere with their teaching, a report found.
Three school districts and a coalition of charter schools have agreed to be test kitchens for some radical ideas for improving teacher quality. In exchange, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced $290 million in grants to the four groups, plus another $45 million for education research aimed at uncovering what exactly is an effective teacher.
Following an outbreak of over 100 illnesses at five area schools in Racine, WI – believed to have been caused by flour tortillas from Chicago's Del Rey Tortilleria – parents and school officials are wondering why the FDA never alerted them to company’s long history of making children sick. See the U.S. agriculture chief’s response and pledge to issue better food alerts to schools on USAToday.com.
School board members in one New Jersey town want parents of high school students who are habitually sent to detention to pay, saying the district spends $10,000 per year in overtime and maintenance to run after-school detention.