Every weekday, I am sharing the day’s most interesting education headlines. Read about and discuss the nation’s new common core curriculum standards, Hawaii’s second application for Race to the Top funds and the new performance-based pay contract D.C. teachers ratified this week.
Hawaii submitted a second and stronger application for $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported today.
D.C. teachers ratified a new contract that includes additional pay for high-performance teachers, The Washington Post reported today.
This bears repeating (I posted it in my Twitter stream yesterday) since it casts an interesting angle on the above story, The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reported yesterday that Chicago’s teacher performance-based pay system didn’t actually work.
The Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi reported in May on a new high school graduate who would have dropped out of high school after 10th grade if it hadn’t been for a school administrator intervening.
On the other hand, Lisa Belkin at The New York Times’ parenting blog talks about how one mother encouraged her daughter to drop out of high school. The story puts the spotlight on the traditional educational “arc” in the United States.
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Hawaiian Airlines Pilots To Picket
Hawaiian Airlines pilots plan to picket again at Honolulu International Airport on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to protest the pace of contract talks with the airline.
Hawaii And FBI Gun Database
Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere in the country.
Sports Authority Closing All Stores
The 463-store chain announced it is completely shutting down. It operates eight stores in Hawaii, including four on Oahu.
Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.