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Monday Churn: NCLB waivers for states?


Weekly reading: NCLB waivers and more

Even as the summer doldrums approach, there is plenty of interesting education news floating around out there. Here is a sampling for your reading pleasure.

If NCLB isn’t overhauled, feds may give states more waivers. LA Times

Denver oilman and school choice crusader Alex Cranberg, recently named to the U Texas Board of Regents, is already a lightning rod there. NY Times

Are DC schools backing off firing young teachers after two consecutive bad evaluations? Washington Post

Preschool benefits last into adulthood, big new study says. AP

“Speed-dating” for teacher jobs in R.I. NPR

Boston’s student assignment process creates “daily diaspora.” Boston Globe

What’s churning:

Thirty-two Colorado school districts will participate next year in the ASCENT program, a fifth-year program that enables students to stay in high school to take college courses. The legislature has provided $4.3 million for the two-year-old effort, which will include 753 students next year. Aurora, Cherry Creek, Denver and Jefferson County are among the participating districts. Get details & full list of districts

What’s on tap:


Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and other officials have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to “make a major funding announcement,” which is expected to a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund implementation of the educator effectiveness law and related efforts. The grant will be administered by the Colorado Legacy Foundation. The event’s at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave.

The Cherry Creek school board meets at 7 p.m. at Aspen Crossing Elementary School, 4655 S. Himalaya St. in Aurora.


The Department of Education holds a public comment session on the proposed educator effectiveness regulations from 2-3:30 p.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave.


The St. Vrain school board has a 6 p.m. study session at the Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway in Longmont.

The Adams 12 Five Star school board meets at 7 p.m. in the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton. Among issues to be discussed ins the 2011-12 budget. Agenda