1. The Chicago Teachers Union has announced that it will strike on September 10th over pay class size, and a longer school day.
  2. The National Education Policy Center has renewed its call to slow the growth of full-tie K-12, Inc. virtual schools until students’ academic performance improves. Less than 28% made Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2010-11 school year vs. 52% of traditional students.
  3. Maryland’s students saw the most growth in reading, science, and math performance on the NAEP, followed by those in Florida and Delaware.
  4. The bankrupt Chester Upland School District in Delaware County, PA has been under state control for 16 of the last 18 years and will be again this year.
  5. For the first time ever, students who are reading below grade level are suing their Michigan school district for “violating their right to read” with the help of the ACLU.