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Rise & Shine: Teachers aides to stay, plus a school on an island

Okay, so we’re posting lightly instead of not at all. Here’s this week’s news so far from New York City:

  • A deal between the city and the UFT will allow parent-paid aides to return this year. (Times)
  • Early screening for gifted programs means admission is essentially random, a columnist argues. (Times)
  • A city high school with a maritime focus is moving to Governor’s Island for the fall. (AP)
  • The New Yorker looks at the city’s “rubber rooms,” where teachers under investigation sit and wait.
  • The first study of the Leadership Academy shows some promising results. (GothamSchools, Post, Times)
  • City students’ SAT scores are dropping; more are taking the tests. (Post, GothamSchools, Daily News)
  • A student helped her Staten Island teacher win a back-to-school wardrobe makeover. (Daily News)
  • Juan Gonzalez criticizes the city’s protocol for dealing with H1N1 in schools. (Daily News)
  • The city charter school that pays its teachers $125,000 is about to open. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • The city’s six community colleges posted a 2-year graduation rate of 2.3 percent in 2008. (Post)

And beyond:

  • Michelle Rhee’s latest initiative is a 200-page document of expectations for teachers. (Washington Post)
  • Educators, including some from the city, weigh in on Obama’s education policy pushes. (Times)
  • Most Americans say they support Obama’s education agenda, a new poll found. (Bloomberg News)
  • Los Angeles’s school board voted to give control of up to 250 schools to outside operators. (L.A. Times)
  • In some places, people are trying to get their school districts to stop selling student data. (USA Today)
  • Most school districts are using federal stimulus money in mundane ways. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson wants to adopt NYC’s school grading system. (Sacramento Press)
  • Jay Mathews describes how a blind bureaucracy almost cost a top teacher his job. (Washington Post)

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