Along with all the other things teachers have to look out for, along comes booze-filled flip-flops. “Kids wear flip-flops to school and all over the place,” said Mike Gimbel, former drug czar for Baltimore County and director of substance abuse education at Sheppard Pratt. “You would never know the kid was walking around with vodka in the bottom of their shoe.” Baltimore Examiner. Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader....

In most cases, charter schools are new starts promoted by a charter group, or occasionally conversions (as in Chicago and San Diego). But rarely that I know of have teachers decided that they wanted to go charter, and signed petitions to do so. That's what's going on at Locke high school in LA, where teachers are trying to break away from LAUSD and form a cluster of charter schools operated by Green Dot, whose teachers have abbreviated collective bargaining rights. And regardless of what happens there it creates a fascinating new grassroots way for teachers to get in the charter ...

You'd think that folks I invite to participate on the Month In Review would agree with me on all things, given my role as host. But they don't. And that's a good thing, since I learn all sorts of new things and am corrected in at least some of my misguided beliefs. In this month's roundtable MP3 here), I learned all sorts of things, including that LA Mayor Villaraigosa is a winner, not the loser I thought he was (Shuster), that the testing industry is a beast about to explode if Fairfax is any indication (Mathews), that some teachers and ...

Californian wins spelling bee with 'serrefine' CNN Read full story for latest details. U.S. Data Show Rapid Minority Growth in School Rolls NYT Driven mainly by an extraordinary influx of Hispanics, the nation’s population of minority students has surged to 42 percent of public school enrollment. Financial Aid Group Adopts Conduct Code After Loan Scandal Washington Post The trade group for university financial aid officers said yesterday that it would no longer allow student loan companies to court its members with gifts or sponsor its conferences, responding to a spate of revelations of conflicts of interest in the $85...

Later today three big-time education journalists -- the Post's Jay Mathews, the LA Times' Beth Shuster, and USA Today's Greg Toppo -- are going to weigh in on what they think are the big stories of the past month, what got too much coverage (or not enough), and what the big stories are going to be in June. But what do they know, anyway? you can get a head start by looking over the cheat sheet that I sent them -- a list of stories and blog posts -- and see what you think. Let us know, or listen along ...


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