A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:
Students who attended behavior-modification programs, like the World Wide program that promises therapy to troubled students via “tough love,” accuse the schools of mistreatment and child abuse—but the schools exist in a legal “gray area.” (New York Times)
The PARCC-developed Common Core tests will cost $29.50 per student; Smarter Balanced will cost $27.30 for a “complete” system (with a cheaper “basic” option available at $22.50 a pop). (Education Week)
Lawmakers in North Carolina have approved a voucher program for special-education students. (Charters & Choice)
The New York Times compares the bipartisan winds that blew life into No Child Left Behind in 2002 with the extremely partisan ESEA-renewal efforts of late.
The Buena Vista school district in Michigan, a low-performing district that ended its academic year early due to budget problems, will be dissolved under a new state law. (Washington Post)
A new report offers a means of evaluating the benefits of educational technology. (Digital Education)
Under Alabama law, schools like the Shelby County school—one of just four in the state that serve only special-needs students—are classified as “failing.” (Education Week)
NPR highlights the efforts underway to get teachers up to speed on the Common Core.