2011 February School Reform News

Issue Date: 
February, 2011

The February issue of School Reform News reports on new Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to expand the state’s trail-blazing school choice programs to cover all children, not just low-income and disabled students.

Also in this issue:

  • Myriad reform proposals from new Republican legislators in Wisconsin are expected to wash away the state superintendent’s recent proposal to reorganize school funding.
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed seven new members of California’s state board of education less than one day after his inauguration. Reformers on the board say Brown’s appointees could roll back reforms from the state’s landmark Parent Trigger law.
  • About 40 states passed new school reform legislation in hopes of receiving a piece of $4.35 billion in federal stimulus aid, but only 11 states and the District of Columbia won funding. Runner-up states are debating whether Race to the Top was worth the trouble--and whether to keep the reforms.
  • A special panel advising Connecticut’s department of education is considering recommendations that could fundamentally alter the way schools are funded. At stake is full tuition for approximately 28,300 students who attend magnet schools or public schools outside their home districts.
  • As the U.S. Department of Education and legislators continue to debate far-reaching proposed rules on for-profit higher education providers, the Government Accountability Office has come under scrutiny for allegedly misleading Congress.
  • Cathleen Black, a former media executive and new chancellor of New York City’s public schools, endured criticism for her lack of education experience even before her first day on the job. But when it comes to running the largest public school district in America, Black’s corporate background is an advantage, writes Dan Proft.

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