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Rise & Shine: State would have bought furniture with RttT spoils

RACE TO THE TOP RECAP:

  • New York was second to last in Race to the Top’s first round. (GothamSchools, Times, Daily News, Post)
  • Governor Paterson says the state will apply for funds again in the second round of competition. (NY1)
  • To boost its chances, New York City is considering applying on its own in the second round. (Daily News)
  • The state’s Race to the Top application included plans to spend $200,000 on office furniture. (Post)
  • Lavish spending on desks and chairs appears to be regular at the State Education Department. (Post)
  • Tennessee and Delaware were the only two states to win funds in the first round. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Education officials in those states say teamwork was key to preparing a successful bid. (Daily News)
  • Thomas Carroll says the contest’s outcome shows that NY has to lift its cap on charter schools. (Post)
  • The Times urges major changes before the competition’s June 1 second-round deadline.
  • The Post paints the outcome as a triumph of the teachers union over the state’s welfare.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • The city is placing students in the schools that were originally set to close. (GothamSchools, Daily News)
  • Those students’ school placements now depend on the city’s appeal of the closure ruling. (Daily News)
  • The closure decision could exacerbate the space crunch at several city school buildings. (Times)
  • A rally at Harlem’s PS 123 targeted Eva Moskowitz relationship with Chancellor Klein. (Daily News)
  • Errol Louis writes that anti-Moskowitz sentiment is “much ado about nothing.” (Daily News)
  • For the second time, Gov. Paterson is delaying payments to school districts. (Times, Post, Daily News)
  • The city’s program to pay its poor for good behavior has yielded mixed results and will end. (AP, Times)
  • To boost the city’s census response rate, some schools are structuring lessons about the survey. (NY1)
  • A provision in the state’s new pension law will allow teachers to retire earlier with no penalty. (Post)
  • The state’s schools hired more teachers in recent years, even as enrollment dropped. (AP)
  • The Times says the city should institute bridge tolls to pay for student MetroCards.
  • Diane Ravitch says Ed Sec Arne Duncan is right that standards in the state are too low. (Daily News)
  • The private school started by the Blue Man Group is struggling to stick to its progressive roots. (Times)
  • A national watchdog group says New York’s anti-bullying efforts are lacking. (Daily News)
  • Jaime Escalante, the East L.A. math teacher shown in the movie “Stand and Deliver,” has died. (Times)
  • A new book argues that only top students should take Advanced Placement classes. (Inside Higher Ed)

NO JOKE:

  • The Post says schools get too much funding and ought to be “put on a starvation diet.”
  • An Upper East Side man collects relics from the East New York school he attended in the 1950s. (Times)
  • The teachers found canoodling in their classroom are being charged with a crime. (Daily News, Post)
  • A nightclub hosted by a Philadelphia charter school to make extra cash will shut down. (Times, AP)

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