Today’s Education News

Supreme Court won’t hear No Child Left Behind case

 The Supreme Court has decided not to take up a case filed by school districts and teacher unions in opposition to NCLB.  The lawsuit questions whether or not schools should have to comply with the legislation’s requirements; the petitioners argue that districts should not have to spend their own money to fulfill the law’s requirements.  The justices made no comment regarding their dismissal of this case.  Read more at

Mayor Bing wants control of Detroit’s schools

 Following in the footsteps of Mayor Bloomberg in New York City, Mayor Daley in Chicago, and Mayor Menino in Boston, Mayor Dave Bing is pushing for mayoral control of Detroit’s schools.  This may be a challenging endeavor for the mayor because Detroit had a variation of mayoral control between 1999 and 2005; during this time, the district incurred $200 million of debt.  The district is currently facing decreasing enrollment and poor test scores.  Read more at Ed Week.

Dismissing poor-performing teachers: A complicated process

 A report by Saba Bireda of the Center for American Progress looks at state teacher dismissal laws.  In the wake of the “Rubber Room” exposé in New York City, the controversy surrounding teacher dismissal policies has reached a fever pitch.  Recent articles highlight the challenges to removing poorly-performing teachers, citing that each dismissal case costs districts a significant amount of administrator time and upwards of $100,000 in legal fees.  This report examines state laws that shape the dismissal process and give teachers protections.  Read the full report here

President Obama speaks to students at Kalamazoo

President Obama delivered a commencement speech at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  In his speech, President Obama emphasized the importance of taking responsibility, both for one’s failures and successes.  Kalamazoo Central High School was the winner of a national competition, which aimed to promote the president’s Race to the Top initiative.  Read the full article from The New York Times.

…and just for fun: Why are colleges now admitting pets?

A New York Times article explains how colleges are relaxing their “no pet” policies in order to attract students and compete with other colleges.  Stephens College has gone so far as to offer a makeshift kennel in one of its dorms.  Read the full article here.

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