Friday Rundown: 7.26.12

Good morning Ed Speaks friends! We hope you made it through yesterday’s severe weather safe and sound. Here’s what’s been going on this week in education:

The Times Union’s Capitol Confidential blog noticed a strong partisan trend in how bullet aid was distributed in the Capital Region.

And speaking of bullet aid, did you happen to catch the Senate quietly distributing some $15 million of it on June 21, the last day of the 2012 legislative session?

Even though Gov. Cuomo has been signing a quite a lot of legislation lately, it appears the controversial School Reimbursement Bill, which would broaden the ability to seek taxpayer reimbursement for private school, remains up in the air for now.

Remember Weekly Reader? We sure do. But a whole new generation of students will not, because it’s officially finished.

On July 23, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a passionate advocate for STEM education, died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. The Scientific American published a great piece on her STEM education efforts.

In other national news, Chicago’s public schools are getting a longer school day, but teachers will not be forced to work longer hours. Instead, more teachers will be hired to run enrichment programs that increase student instructional times.

A new Kids Count report shows gains in academic achievement are offset by rising economic distress.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke released this prepared video in which he champions early childhood education at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

And just for fun, check out this post from Michael Smith’s Principals Page showing a
photo of a t-shirt Smith thinks “every youth sports parent should be required to wear.”

As always, if we’ve missed anything, please let us know in the comments!