Yesterday, the Los Angeles Board of Education approved a court settlement that radically limits the traditional practice of laying off teachers strictly on the basis of seniority, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the story, “The agreement does not scrap seniority as a factor in layoffs. Rather, layoffs based on seniority would be distributed evenly among district schools...No school would lose a disproportionate number of instructors. This marks a significant change because inexperienced teachers tend to be clustered in schools in low-income neighborhoods, putting those campuses at a disadvantage during every budget crisis.”
In South Carolina, education officials offer mixed views on extending the school year.
The Leading Source, American School Board Journal’s Daily blog, covers a recent Alliance brief on the adolescent literacy crises.
At a summit held yesterday in Washington, DC, President Obama called community colleges the “unsung heroes of America’s education system,” and said they are more important than ever to U.S. competitiveness.
Washington state education officials are going on tour to get input on proposed new national academic standards for English and math, The Olympian reports. State superintendent Randy Dorn has tentatively adopted the standards, but is gathering more input before asking the Legislature to adopt them. Read Entire Post