- Class may replace race as grounds for school integration decisions. (New York Times)
- Test scores are up at the Newton Street School in Newark, NJ. Read the first, second, third, and fourth installments of the Times’ series on this school.
- About one-quarter of New York’s new teachers this year attended public schools in the city when they were students. They qualify for a $1,000 recruitment bonus as part of “Gotham Graduates Give Back.” (Daily News)
- The Department of Education recommends books for summer reading at each grade level; has your child started yet? (NY Post)
- Back-to-school sales are starting earlier this year, as retailers compete for parents’ dollars in a weak economy. (Wall Street Journal)
- A new report from Harvard examines the costs of delaying school entry, a practice known as “redshirting.” (Sun)
- California State Senator Darrell Steinberg proposes an all-out push to cut the drop-out rate in half in the next 10 years. (SF Gate)
- Thousands of schools in the UK have been closed by government employees striking for better pay. (BBC)