Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation. (Washington Post)
At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations using their clunky plastic calculators. (Politico)
New Jersey
A New Jersey lawmaker is attempting to rewrite the state’s charter school laws to include another layer of oversight and more public input. Assemblyman Troy Singleton, a Democrat, introduced a bill last week that would create a statewide charter-authorizing board while establishing a framework to include public feedback in the charter-authorizing process. (Education Week)
Eighteen percent of teachers were “chronically absent” in 2012-13, missing more than 18 days of work, and no obvious system of consequences exists, says a report released last week by the National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. (
Rhode Island
With just 11 days until high school graduation ceremonies begin across the city, the Providence School Board voted unanimously to amend its diploma policy as part of a last ditch effort to help hundreds of students who haven’t achieved a qualifying score on the state’s standardized test complete high school. (WPRI)


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