Top Education Stories This Week

Here’s your weekly digest of the top 5 stories in education from around the web.

Joplin Defies Odds, Just by Opening Schools

“When the schools here were reduced to red-brick rubble in the deadly tornado three months ago, abruptly ending classes just before final exams, district leaders made a promise that seemed like a long shot: the new school year would start on time.

And on Wednesday, right on schedule, students were reunited for the first day of school, streaming excitedly into makeshift buildings that replaced the nine schools damaged or destroyed by the tornado and marking the end of a difficult summer.”

Via: The New York Times

Judge: School Violated Rights by Punishing Girls for MySpace Photos

“An Indiana school district violated the First Amendment rights of two teenage girls who were punished for posting sexually suggestive photos on MySpace during their summer vacation, a federal judge ruled.

The case involving Churubusco High School and Smith-Green Community School Corp. raised questions about the limits school officials can place on out-of-school speech in a digital era.”

Via: EdWeek

U.S. Students’ Low Math Test Proficiency Could Have Consequences For GDP

“U.S. students rank poorly in proficiency on both domestic and international math exams, a problem that could cost the country $75 trillion over 80 years, according to a new study.”

Via: The Huffington Post

Ariz. Program to Focus on Competency Rather Than Age

“A handful of public schools in Arizona are the first to undertake an ambitious new program this year to not only improve what students learn but also to demand results and reward them by allowing some to graduate two years sooner. Under the Move On When Ready initiative, approved last year by the Legislature, 14 schools will offer a new, more-intense curriculum. After two years, students will take examinations to prove that they have mastered core subjects.”

Via: AZ Central

Educators waiting for relief from No Child Left Behind

“Educators across the state are holding their breath and their paperwork. They’re waiting to see if the U.S. Department of Education fulfills Minnesota’s waiver request to be relieved of No Child Left Behind sanctions and hold NCLB accountability goals steady.”

Via: Austin Daily Herald

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