Briefly Noted: Checking in on the courts, Catholic schools, and Cuomo
January 11, 2012
- The Washington
State Supreme Court’s ruling that the state wasn’t meeting its constitutional
obligations to fund schools was thankfully toothless
on enforcement, freeing legislators in a budgetary bind to include
ed in some tough but necessary fiscal decision-making. Charter
Hewlett Foundation will hand out a cool
$100K to techies that code software capable of reliably grading essays as part of state tests. Ambitious,
sure, but a great example of philanthropy driving needed innovation in edtech.
Dozens of Catholic schools in
Philadelphia are shutting
down due to a 35 percent drop in enrollment since 2001 even as the
mayor wants to get
rid of 50,000 seats in underperforming district schools. Hmmm, there must
be a solution...
- Slowly but surely, incentives and common
sense are winning out, as the number of district schools in Chicago accepting
the mayor’s offer of extra cash for a longer day quadrupled
this week despite the teacher union’s continued
objections. Keep at it, Rahm!
- It’s that time of year: Governors from Virginia
are making all kinds of ambitious proposals in their State of the State addresses,
from an extra
$1 billion for Florida’s schools to Andrew Cuomo appointing
himself as lobbyist for students in the Empire State. Let’s just see
if these executives can back up all the talk in an election year.