Education: Morning Roundup, Rhee's Firing Squad

Morning Roundup:

From The Washington Post: Rhee dismisses 241 D.C. teachers; union vows to contest firings

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced Friday that she has fired 241 teachers, including 165 who received poor appraisals under a new evaluation system that for the first time holds some educators accountable for students' standardized test scores.


From The New York Times: Equity of Test Is Debated as Children Compete for Gifted Kindergarten

Because test prep “boot camp” and $145-an-hour tutoring is available to those who can pay, children from wealthy families have an advantage, some parents say.


From the Los Angeles Times: LAUSD lost almost $10 million due to inefficient inventory system, audit finds

The report says thousands of textbooks are not bar-coded or returned by students and poor communication between schools has led to unnecessary purchases.


From the Boston Globe: As college text prices soar, students get a rental option

College students will have new, cheaper alternatives this fall to shelling out hundreds of dollars each semester for textbooks they may never use again.


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