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Education News from Around America: RI; NM; OR; WA; ID

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Education News from Around America: RI; NM; OR; WA; ID

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave, you’re aware that education news is one hot item right now. But did you know that there are a lot of important things going on in places besides Wisconsin, in fact, all over the country?

The “system,” as we have known it thus far, is no longer just fraying at the edges. It’s unraveling hourly these days. Please, if you have school-aged children, consider removing them during these trying, unknown times and homeschool them until things settle down. (See “Anyone Can Live the Learning Lifestyle.”) If you begin now, just think how far ahead of your friends you’ll be if things don’t settle down. (And I sure wouldn’t put any money on the continuation of the government school system right now.)

Education News – Providence, RI

Providence, R.I., to pink slip all teachers

The Providence, R.I., school district says it plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, a move that has union leaders up in arms.

Superintendent Tom Brady, in a letter to all teachers, said the Providence School Board will vote Thursday on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school, The Providence Journal reported.

“We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the dire budget outline for the 2011-2012 school year in which we are projecting a near $40 million deficit for the district,” Brady wrote.

Sad Girl education newsEducation News – Albuquerque, NM

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Educators Reveal Grim Test Scores for APS Students – Officials: 13 Percent of 8th-Graders Passed Standard Math Test

Educators said only 13 percent of Albuquerque Public Schools eighth-graders passed a standard math test.According to January’s district benchmark assessment test results, only 13 percent of about 4,500 APS eighth-graders are proficient in math.“If they’re not proficient in math, they’re not going to be successful in life,” said parent Patricia Duran.“(The difficulty comes) when they start getting into algebra and all the hard stuff. So if they can’t do the simple stuff by that age, it does really worry me,” said parent Laura Molina.APS educators said the tests, taken three times a year, are the most accurate way to track a student’s progress.

Education News – Salem-Keizer, OR

Salem-Keizer Schools Consider Cutting Up to 400 Teaching Positions Next Year

Salem-Keizer School District officials are considering cuts that could eliminate up to 400 teaching positions, reduce school sports and close small schools next year to offset a $55 million shortfall.Superintendent Sandy Husk presented the updated budget information to the budget committee tonight at McKay High School.
Earlier she said they’re trying not to eliminate entire programs.I don’t know yet if that’s going to be possible, she said.School districts around the state face a record shortfall next year because of shrinking state revenue, increasing PERS costs and waning federal stimulus money.
Husk outlined the districts best guess so far on how it might handle the shortfall: Cut 250 to 400 teachers, which is about 10 percent to 16 percent of teaching staff; Cut 130 to 230 support staff, …

Read the full story at Statesman Journal

Education News – Seattle, WA

Seattle Public Schools spending targeted in criminal probe

Details of the alleged fraud only now are emerging, more than seven months after a single suspicious transaction led to multiple, overlapping investigations implicating people inside and outside the district. The district’s internal auditor resigned in December as the district prepared to fire him in connection with a special state audit, and another district manager reportedly has disappeared as investigators have sought to question him.

The irregularities center on a school-district program that helped small businesses, primarily female- and minority-owned companies, compete for contracts with the district and other government agencies, according to the state audit obtained Tuesday by The Seattle Times.

Education News – Idaho

Luna Guilty Of Political Fraud

Mid all the weekend revelations about Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s effort to create a multimillion-dollar market for his friends in the online education industry is something hiding in plain sight: Luna didn’t just concoct eliminating 770 teaching jobs, crowding more kids into smaller classes and steering some of the savings toward providers of online courses. That’s simply not credible given how long Luna has been in bed with the people running that industry. All of which suggests Idaho’s top educator is guilty of political fraud. When did you hear Luna talk about this massive reorganization of your tax dollars away from teacher salaries and into the pockets of his friends in the online education industry? Not during his re-election campaign…

Good grief! I promise I’ll share good education news – if I can find any.

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2 Responses to “Education News from Around America: RI; NM; OR; WA; ID”

  1. Juliana says:

    heres some good news – SB136 tabled in Illinois last week. Maloney is still talking about the truancy issues with ICHE, HSLDA, and another group, not sure what that will bring about, but, there is now formed an Illinois Homeeducator PAC with a wonderful assortment of home educators, business persons and attorneys, to keep a political eye watch out. See the Illinois Review.

  2. Thanks, Juliana. Yes, I can't tell you how happy I was to learn about the new PAC – go Illinois homeschoolers, and keep your eyes open!

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