In the News: A Clipping Service – January 24, 2010

In this edition of In the News:

  • Tough Economic Times Impact K-12 Schools
  • Tackling Barriers to Academic Achievement
  • How Does Louisiana Measure Up?
  • Other Charter News
  • Orleans Study Predicts Continued Growth in K-12 Enrollment

Tough Economic Times Impact K-12 Schools

Recession’s Toll on K-12 Budgets Both Wide and Deep
Education Week
– January 13, 2011
Louisiana is not alone in facing budget shortfalls. Across the nation, districts are dealing with budget cuts, increasing class sizes, and cutting programs. Continue reading

Top 5 Stories of 2010, Top 5 Wishes for 2011

Top 5 Stories of 2010

1.  New Orleans public school students (RSD+OPSB) ranked #1 in the state for improved student achievement – both for the year and for the 2005-10 period!

2.  FEMA announces a $1.8 billion settlement for rebuilding and repairing New Orleans school facilities.

FEMA Awards $1.8 Billion to New Orleans Schools for Construction, Renovation Projects
– August 25, 2010

School Facilities Master Plan – Adopted August 2008

Latest Draft of RSD Building Assignment Recommendations – Revised December 2010

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In the News: A Clipping Service – December 14, 2010

In this edition of In the News:

  • 2010 Student Enrollment Data Analyzed
  • Report Shows Race to the Top Scoring Was Flawed
  • Firing Decisions Based on Teacher Tenure, Not Effectiveness
  • Comparing Teacher Effectiveness in High- and Low-Poverty Schools
  • Focusing on College and Career Readiness
  • Michelle Rhee Will Lobby for Students Rights
  • Gates Foundation Brings Charters and Traditional Schools Together

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News Alert: The Final Vote

BESE held its full Board meeting today. The final votes are as follows:

1.  Pastorek’s Revised Plan for Return of Schools was approved.

2.   BESE approved a new letter grading system for schools, which will go into effect in 2011. The letter grades will replace the current star ratings. The Department of Education estimates over 500 schools will have D rating. Continue reading

News Alert: BESE Votes Are In

After a 13-hour, marathon day of meetings, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has approved the following items in committee. While these votes are preliminary – each committee recommendation will be considered by the full Board on Thursday – items recommended by committees are almost always approved by the full Board.

1.  Pastorek’s Return of School Proposal:  Approved

The Recovery School District Committee approved Superintendent Pastorek’s Revised Plan for Return of Schools by a vote of 4 to 2. Continue reading

In the News: A Clipping Service – November 17, 2010

In this edition of In the News:

  • What Do New Orleans Voters Think about Return of Schools?
  • It’s Not Too Late to Comment on Pastorek’s Plan
  • Bethune Elementary Selected for Prestigious Dispelling Myths Award
  • Governor Diverts Education Jobs Funding Promised to School Districts
  • Louisiana’s AP Pass Rate Second to Last
  • Black Male Achievement is a National Crisis
  • Educate Now!’s “Facts About Public Schools” Available Online Continue reading