RACE TO THE TOP
Lillian Lowery, Delaware's secretary of education, helped lead the way for the state's Race to the Top application, which won the contest along with Tennessee. The application included proposals to reform low-performing schools.
Sen. Bill Perkins (D-N.Y.), representing New York's 30th Senatorial, was set to hold a hearing April 22 in Manhattan investigating the financial arrangements of charter schools. Perkins advocates against the expansion of charter schools.
Earl C. Rickman III became the new president of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) during their 70th annual conference held April 10-12. A Michigan native, Rickman has 25 years of experience as a school board member.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being criticized for his proposal to cut education funding by over $800 million in an effort to make up a $10.7 billion state deficit. The state teachers union calls the proposal "reckless and misguided."
Famed educator Jaime Escalante passed away March 30. Escalante, immortalized in the film Stand and Deliver, was renowned for his progressive AP calculus methods in East Los Angeles' Garfield High School between 1974-1991.