By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – You probably won’t find a more ardent supporter of expanded DNA testing than Sen. Jennifer Shilling.
The La Crosse Democrat’s parents were among seven people killed in 1993 in the gruesome, cold-blooded murders at Brown’ Chicken & Pasta in suburban Chicago.
Shilling was 23 at the time.
Last month the lawmaker [...]
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — More than 100 Pennsylvania educators could be on the hook for losing their state certifications as fallout from a statewide cheating scandal.
Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said Friday the state will soon take disciplinary actions against “easily over 100” teachers and administrators who are suspected of changing answers on [...]
By Kirsten Adshead | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — Wisconsin taxpayers are footing a $200 million-plus annual bill for a program that has little oversight, indeterminate goals and inconclusive results.
And the program itself — kindergarten for 4-year-olds — has grown so rapidly during the past several years that now about 90 percent of school districts offer a 4K program, and some that [...]
By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
LANSING — The difficulty with evaluating school districts has been in making “apples-to-apples” comparisons to determine student achievement.
For example, Detroit public schools have a low high school graduation rate and low standardized test scores. But are these results because of the teachers and administrators? Or because the students are from low-income households?
By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog
TAMPA — Even after hours of cramming mathematical formulas, composing rough drafts and tracking down ever-elusive No. 2 pencils, there was no more excruciating experience than having to complete a state-mandated standardized test.
The teachers, worn out from their recent intensive lessons on math, reading and writing expected on the next [...]