Education: Morning Roundup, D.C. Schools Not Good Enough for Obama Girls

Morning Roundup:

From The Washington Post: Obama: D.C. schools don't measure up to his daughters' private school

President Obama reopened Monday what is often a sore subject in Washington, saying that his daughters could not obtain from D.C. public schools the academic experience they receive at the private Sidwell Friends School.


From The Los Angeles Times: Teacher's suicide shocks students, teachers and parents

As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college.


From Education Week: Funders Giving 'i3' Runners-Up Second Look

Though nearly 1,700 nonprofit organizations and school districts spent hours filling out applications for the $650 million Investing in Innovation grant program, part of the economic-stimulus program, all but 49 applicants walked away empty-handed. Now some foundations—with an assist from the U.S. Department of Education—are beginning to turn their attention to those that didn’t make the cut for federal funding this year.
From The Wall Street Journal: City Gets Tougher on Tenure\n
[New York City] is making it harder for public-school teachers to get tenure, requiring their students to show progress in consecutive years before instructors gain the coveted job protection.

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