How free community college works in South Seattle: The privately funded 13th Year Promise Scholarship automatically provides one free year at South Seattle College to students from three Seattle high schools. The program has been a success, with 43 percent of students who participate earning a two-year degree or certificate within six years.
California districts fail to comply with teacher-evaluation law (Los Angeles Times): A review of 26 school districts in California found that the overwhelming majority are failing to comply with a state law that requires student testing data to factor into teacher evaluations. In some districts, collective bargaining agreements with teachers are presenting road blocks; others say they are in the process of revamping their evaluation systems.
Education highlights from the State of the Union (NPR): Access to higher education was the main educational theme of the president’s speech.
- How to solve the black male teacher shortage (NBC News)
- D.C.’s autonomy could be tested by charter-school lawsuit (The Washington Post)