Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
Rewards for Schools Key Facet of NCLB Waivers

One of the chief complaints about the No Child Left Behind Act has been that districts and schools that fail to meet achievement targets face serious sanctions, while schools that do a good job of closing the gaps between traditionally overlooked groups of students and their peers essentially get little in return. (Education Week) 

Rick Hess: Back With a Full Dose of Distemper
Hidy all. Well, I’m back. I’d like to offer a big thanks to all the terrific folks who stepped in while I was off sabbaticalizing. (Education Week – Rick Hess Straight Up) 

Hispanics Now Largest Ethnic Group In Texas’ Public Schools
Hispanics have passed whites as the largest ethnic group in Texas schools, making up almost 51 percent of public school enrollment. (Huffington Post) 

TED Teams Up With PBS on Ideas for Education
Television viewers — even those who watch the more sober-minded PBS — are generally not keen on sitting through long speeches. But TED, the nonprofit group that sponsors conferences on ideas, thinks it has found a way to bring its signature 18-minute talks to a TV audience that may not have found them on the Web or through mobile apps. (New York Times) 

Many Tucson Programs Won’t Get Deseg Funds
Many programs that once received desegregation funds in Tucson will no longer see that money under a new plan set to kick in next school year. (Education Week) 

Baltimore public schools CEO Andres Alonso to leave school district after 6 years

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andrés Alonso will retire at the end of the current school year after six years of leading the school district. Schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster confirmed Alonso’s departure Monday morning. (Washington Post) 

With an Old Factory, Philadelphia Is Hoping to Draw New Teachers

A Victorian-era dye factory is taking on a new role to help this city’s troubled public school system attract and retain teachers. (New York Times) 


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