4/19/2006

Morning Round-up April 19, 2006

Principals, Luring teachers, Girls vs. Boys and more...

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Principal Loses Job for Assisting Students on Test Washington Post
The Charles County school board yesterday accepted the resignation of an elementary school prinicpal who was found to have given her students answers, extra time and coaching on state-mandated tests administered last month.

New York Offers Housing Subsidy as Teacher Lure
NYT
New York City will offer housing subsidies of up to $14,600 to entice new math, science and special education teachers to work in the city's most challenging schools, in one of the most aggressive housing incentive programs in the nation to address a chronic shortage of qualified educators in these specialties.

Communities unite to save failing schools Miami Herald
After decades of benign neglect, communities around some of Miami-Dade's most troubled high schools have organized to demand -- and implement -- reforms.

Critics Fear Plan Gives Mayor Too Much Power
LATimes
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's call for a dramatic change in how local schools are governed received a largely harsh reception Tuesday as critics warned on significant political opposition.

Congress leaders to probe "No Child" scoring
AP
Congressional leaders and a former Bush Cabinet member said Tuesday that schools should stop excluding large numbers of minority students' test scores when they report progress un the No Child Left Behind law.

Boys Are No Match for Girls in Completing High School
NYT
Nationwide, about 72 percent of the girls in the high school class of 2003 - but only 65 percent - earned diplomas, a gender gap that is far more pronouced among minorities, according to a report being released today by the Manhattan Institute.

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