Moving on Up
JoAnn Bartoletti, former principal and currently the executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be replacing Gerald Tirozzi this summer as executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City's United Federation of Teachers, has vowed massive protests if Mayor Michael Bloomberg lays off 4,100 teachers as planned. Hundreds of educators joined Mulgrew shouting, "Enough is enough."
Teacher of the Year
On May 3, Michelle Shearer, a high school chemistry teacher in Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools, was named the 61st National Teacher of the Year at a ceremony at the White House. She emphasizes teacher-student interaction in the classroom.
Fitness in Harlem
Entertainer Beyonce Knowles surprised students at PS 161 in Harlem while they were practicing a choreographed routine to her songs. The dance was part of the simulcast "Let's Move Flash Workout" of First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign.
Largest Voucher Bill
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels— an outspoken supporter of school choice— has signed the School Scholarship Act, which is the largest voucher program in the country. The voucher program has the broadest eligibility for students.