- State Senator Bill Perkins’ primary challenger will be political strategist Basil Smikle.
- New York and 37 other states formally said that they’ll apply for Race to the Top, round two.
- Wayne Barrett accuses the UFT of using for-profit charters as a “laughable canard…to inflame the debate.”
- May is the month for seventh graders to start thinking about where they will apply to high school.
- Should a student be forced to choose between dropping a class and going to prom? A teacher wonders.
- A major critic of Duncan’s ed policy, Wisconsin Rep. David Obey, won’t run for re-election.
- What can school leaders learn from the late principal of Murrow HS? A former teacher there has a list.
- Newsweek is up for sale, but Jay Mathews says he’ll compile his list of top high schools no matter what.
- An ELL teacher says her students gain language skills faster when they try to read more difficult texts.
- Teenage researchers in L.A. are examining how school budget cuts help erect barriers to college.
- And the ever-impressive P.S. 22 choir kids take on Icelandic singer Björk’s “All is Full of Love.”
Remainders: High school info sessions begin for seventh graders
By Maura Walz