King County judge hears arguments on new charter schools law (AP): A King County Superior Court judge will decide the fate of Washington’s year-old charter schools law after hearing arguments from both sides of the issue on Friday. Opponents have legally challenged the constitutionality of charter schools, arguing they conflict with the state’s obligation to provide equal education for all.
Texas eases high-school grad requirements in favor of more job training (The Atlantic): The Texas state legislature scaled back some of its high-school graduation requirements this summer in an effort to give students more time for job training. The move comes as many other states explore ways to introduce more technical education at the high-school level.
Chicago program serves as model for early-childhood education (The Hechinger Report): Amid federal talks about expanding preschool, Chicago’s Educare program offers a model for early-childhood education. Funded by public and private dollars, the extended-day preschool operates year-round and enrolls children from six-weeks-old until kindergarten.
Investigators set to release report on Newtown school shooting (AP): A long-anticipated report on last December’s Sandy Hook school shooting will be released by the Connecticut state’s attorney today. The document is expected to include information about the gunman’s history and the police response to the massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
- Educators weigh iPad’s dominance of tablet market (Education Week)
- Is the STEM education crisis a myth? (NPR)
- LA Unified School District commits to serving more local food (Los Angeles Times)
- Maryland test exclusion rate raises questions (The Washington Post)
- New York Times’ Frank Bruni muses on coddled kids and the Common Core (The New York Times)
- 3 from Washington named Rhodes Scholars (AP)