Education news this week is all in the numbers. The National Center for Education Statistics released a report on the number and types of public elementary schools in the United States. California officially joined the “Race to the Top” this week, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the ability to use testing data to determine teacher pay. Education Week reports that states criticized for their use of federal stimulus money for education are feeling defensive. Meanwhile, Perry Klass writes for the New York Times about what we do and do not know about doing two things at once, the internet, and whether children are better than we are at both. And don’t miss John Merrow’s interview with Lowell Milken, whose foundation hands out big bucks to great teachers.
Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-08 [National Center for Education Statistics, 10/13/09]
Governor praised for signing education funding eligibility bill [LA Times, 10/14/09
States Stung by Criticism on Use of Stimulus Aid [Education Week, 10/12/09]
Texting, Surfing, Studying? [New York Times, 10/12/09]
Lowell Milken & $25,000 for Exceptional Teachers [Taking Note, LMtv, 10/13/09]
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