State withholds federal funds from Seattle’s special-ed program: The state’s special-education director, Doug Gill, has informed Seattle Public Schools it is now a “high risk” recipient of federal dollars and will receive less funding while it continues to face a host of management and compliance problems in its special-education program. The state is withholding about $3 million of the $10.6 million the district was supposed to receive for special ed this school year.
Feds to announce new guidelines on education equity (The New York Times): The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education has released a 37-page document intended to ensure racial minorities have access to strong teachers, advanced classes and quality extra-curricular activities. Federal data show two-thirds of black students attend a high school that offers calculus classes, compared to 81 percent of white students and 87 percent of Asian-American students.
School spending could widen America’s wealth gap (AP): Wealthier parents are stepping up spending on their children’s education, with the top 10 percent of earners contributing an average of 35 percent more during the recession compared to the two years before it. Economic researchers believe the trend could widen America’s wealth gap even more in the years to come.