Today, our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. A tragedy no one should have to endure.
A sobering statistic. 5,740 children and teens killed by guns in 2008 and 2009, enough to fill 229 classrooms. (Children’s Defense Fund, h/t Alexander Russo)
More than just free lunch. Education Week’s Sarah Sparks reports the National Assessment Governing Board is considering a more comprehensive student-poverty measure for NAEP, one that goes beyond just eligibility for subsidized lunch to include such factors as family stability and access to community resources.
There’s a better app for that. Nearly 80 percent of the top-selling paid apps in iTunes education category are aimed at children, many with the intent of helping them learn to read. But are they all they are cracked up to be? (Slate)
Bennett straight up. Old news = former Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett takes the education commissioner post in Florida. New news = How it all came about, and what’s ahead. Rick Hess has the interview.