State’s first charter school at risk of closing: Washington’s charter-schools commission has ordered First Place Scholars in Seattle to explain how it will address more than a dozen issues that could jeopardize the school’s ability to stay open. The problems are mostly administrative and reflect high turnover in the school’s first four months of operation.
Obama announces $1 billion for early education (AP): The White House announced plans Wednesday to devote $1 billion in public-private funding toward early learning. The money includes an initial $250 million to create or expand high-quality preschool programs in 18 states.
Study: Learning suffers when schools scale back on field trips (The Atlantic): As time and funding constraints lead some districts to scale back on field trips, a new study from a University of Arkansas professor suggests that learning outside the classroom can have significant academic benefits.