RAISING THE BAR
Rhode Island’s new commissioner of education, Deborah Gist, wants the minimum score on a test that prospective teachers take for admission into teacher training programs in her state to be the nation’s highest. It’s currently among the lowest.
STATE AID CUT
In response to low revenues and high health care costs, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has ordered state funding for education to be cut by 7.5 percent for FY2010. This comes on top of an 11 percent cut in 2009.
Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University, has assumed the presidency of the National Academy of Education. She is a recognized expert on the creation of university-public school partnerships.
FREE HIGHER ED
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is pushing a plan to provide a college education or job training to high school students who graduate with an A average and who have four credits each in math, science and language arts.
POWER TO THE PARENTS
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon Cortines has introduced a plan to allow parents to initiate major reforms at 12 low-performing schools and 18 new schools, rather than waiting for the district to act.