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Race to the Top: NJ Loses $400 Million Due to Clerical Error
posted by: Colin | August 26, 2010, 03:06 pm   

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fuming at the federal government's unwillingness to let his administration address a clerical error in their 1,000 page application that likely cost his state $400 million in Race to the Top funding.

A simple clerical mistake on the application switched 2008-09 budget numbers for 2010-11. Two weeks prior to the final decision, New Jersey officials met with federal officials and corrected the data in person, but apparently the verbal correction was not accepted. Gov. Christie is taking full responsibility and refuses to even release the name of the mid-level staffer who made the error. Continue Reading...

Ten Back-to-School Tips for Teachers
posted by: Jill | August 25, 2010, 11:06 am   

The joys and jitters of back-to-school are in the hearts of all teachers.  Whether you’re in the classroom teaching already or you’re not starting back until after Labor Day take a few minutes and peruse my list of back-to-school tips.  They may not all apply to your situation, but just as with teaching take the ideas that that work for you and make them your own.  Enjoy! Continue Reading...

What Would You Do With $500? Apply for an AAE Scholarship or Grant Today
posted by: Jill | August 23, 2010, 08:53 am   

Here’s some good news for educators this fall: You could receive up to $500 from AAE for professional development or for classroom supplies. You don't have to be an AAE member to apply and the application is online. What do you have to lose? Continue Reading...

Los Angeles Spends $1.2 Billion to Build Three Schools
posted by: Colin | August 23, 2010, 07:47 am   

Next month, Los Angeles will unveil what some are calling the most expensive public school ever. The RFK Community Schools complex, built on the infamous Ambassador Hotel, where school-namesake Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for the Democratic nomination, costs $578 million and will accommodate 4,200 students throughout its six pilot schools. Continue Reading...

Unions Infuriated by Teacher Effectiveness Anaylsis
posted by: Colin | August 17, 2010, 12:13 pm   

The Los Angeles teachers' union, UTLA, is in an uproar. They're rapidly organizing a boycott of a major newspaper, coordinating an intense letter-writing operation, and on an all-out messaging campaign. What's infuriating the UTLA, you ask? Accountability, transparency, and lack of control. Continue Reading...

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