1. In a Forward Institute report, among low-income schools, traditional public school students have higher achievement scores than those at charters, and, at public schools serving mostly low-income students, “the effects on achievement were less damaging in traditional public schools than in charter schools.”
  2. Teacher unions are reportedly strongest in Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and California; they’re weakest in Mississippi, Virginia, South Carolina, and Arizona.
  3. The AFT wants the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to design a rigorous professional exam for K-12 teachers similar to the bar exam for lawyers and board certification for doctors.
  4. Since many Fairfax county school students found web-based instruction confusing and hard to use, the district will now spend about $2million for paper textbooks.
  5. Alexandria City Public Schools will likely drop high school rankings, tossing out valedictorian status, too, in order to curb competition and graduate well-rounded stufdents.