The $230 Million High School

highway.jpgThe CEA Blog will continue to bring you edu-blogosphere news to interest, excite and amaze for the summer. In this edition, the United States Department of Education “flip-flops”, a Pennsylvania superintendent resigns for an unbeliveable reason, Teach For America fails to account for $775,000 in spent federal grant money, learn the 5 things you need to know about teaching (and teaching reading and math) and of course, learn about the high school that cost $230 million dollars to build.

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Is spending $230 million to build a new high school that is designed to hold 1,600 students a good idea? Los Angeles United School District seems to think so.

A recent federal audit of Teach for America took a close look at $1.5 million spent by the group from federal grants. Education Department investigators found that the program could not account for nearly half– $774,944. TFA will submit additional documentation for the unaccounted funds.

Speaking of counting, Eduwonkette isn’t counting on the accuracy of the Diplomas Count study, and neither is Sherman Dorn.

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District took to the streets to protest $340 million in proposed budget cuts for the next school year.

Mr. AB over at The TFA Trenches is resigning and was one of several teachers profiled in an earlier post. He’s left his successor (whoever that might be) a series of informative pointers– 5 things his replacement must know about teaching, teaching math and reading.

If you had $5 billion dollars to spend on education, what would be on your list? Eduwonk asked the question, and picked the winner.

Ryan at I Thought A Think looks at the misguided stereotypes surrounding “old teachers”; a perfect complement to New York’s PO’d look at the “great divide“. (Note: Ryan was recently elected President of his local yet was also in training to be an administrator. He took the path less traveled.)

Principals and assistants at four schools in New York that received an “F” rating also received something else…a performance bonus worth between $2,500 to $15,000.

The US Department of Education announced their curiously appropriately named “flip-flop” accountability plan recently. Schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress for two years in a row automatically enter “School Improvement” status. According to NCLB, during the first year in Improvement status, schools must offer students the option to transfer to a higher performing school. In the second year, low-income students become eligible to take advantage of Supplemental Educational Services (tutoring). Districts that apply and are accepted to be a part of this program can “flip-flop” the order of the NCLB sanctions.

A Pennsylvania Superintendent resigned at the same meeting 34 of her teachers were laid off.