DA Daily

Matthew Zalaznick's picture

30 states already teaching some Common Core

The Common Core State Standards are no longer coming—they are already here. At least 30 of the 46 states that have adopted the CCSS in math and English language arts are already teaching to the standards in some grades and districts, according a new report.

Illinois high school to snip students' hair to test for alcohol use

Starting this fall, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. plans to randomly snip students' hair throughout the coming school year so it can be tested to see if the kids have been drinking booze. The school has been conducting random drug tests since 2007.

Read more »

Missouri school transfer ruling opens old wounds

Beth Gratta has heard the whispers, read the venomous online comments and watched with dismay as some of her friends and neighbors publicly condemned a plan to bus 475 students from a distressed urban school district nearly 30 miles away to her children's better-performing suburban schools.

Read more »

Wake County (N.C.) swears in new superintendent

Jim Merrill, Wake County School's new school superintendent, takes over for Tony Tata, who was fired last fall. Merrill is the North Carolina district's third superintendent in as many years and is now running the state's largest school district.

Read more »

How to improve Boston schools

In Boston, we have the chance of a lifetime. As we laud Mayor Tom Menino and retired School Superintendent Carol Johnson for the progress they’ve made for Boston students, we have the opportunity, with new leadership and a strong foundation, to renovate our school system into one that builds on this foundation and ensures every child graduates prepared for college, career and life.

Read more »

Primary election offers a turning point for the Seattle School Board

Seattle School Board candidates Suzanne Dale Estey, Sue Peters, and Stephan Blanford received the most votes in their respective districts in the recent primary election. The general election will be held in the fall.

Read more »

Ridder will step down as Springfield, Mo. superintendent next June

Norm Ridder, superintendent of Springfield (Mo.) Public Schools, announced that he and his wife want to move west to be closer to family. He will step down June 30, after nine years as head of the district.

Read more »

Arkansas school district will arm teachers, defying AG

An Arkansas school district that was advised against arming its staff by the state attorney general has decided to let teachers carry guns anyway.

Read more »

Indiana officials uncover school grading manipulation

Indiana's top education official acknowledged manipulation in the way the state's schools are graded, the latest fallout from an Associated Press report stating that the official's predecessor secretly worked to improve the score of a charter school founded by an influential Republican donor.

Read more »

Keep instrumental music in our public schools

We need music in our lives and children need music in our schools. Children deserve to see, feel, and hold string and band instruments, to have the opportunity to share in music-making singly and in groups, and to be in the audience of their peers making music.

Read more »