February 17th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Education Week: New Mexico Granted NCLB Waiver, Federal Officials Say
New Mexico becomes the 11th state to be awarded its NCLB waiver, less than a week after being denied in the first round of applications.

NYTimes.com Schoolbook: City Gives $5.7 Million to Principals in Bonuses
New York City’s Department of Education awarded bonuses totaling nearly $6 million to principals and assistant principals last year based on their students’ academic performance.

GOOD Education: Can Student Startups Solve the Education Crisis? 
The U.S. Department of Education is launching the National Education Startup Challenge in search of both for-profit and non-profit ideas from education’s “customers” - students themselves.

WABI: Good Will-Hinckley Using Solar Energy 
A Maine school is hoping that solar energy will help it devote funds from power to academics.

KQED Mind/shift: College students embrace meme madness 
“Meme Madness” has invaded social media on college campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Education weighs in on the 2013 Budget
Copies of U.S. President Barack Obama's FY2013 Budget after it was delivered to Congress February 13, 2012 on Capitol Hill.
February 17th, 2012
06:05 AM ET

Education weighs in on the 2013 Budget

by Donna Krache, CNN

(CNN) President Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget proposal is full of education initiatives and grants.

The education portion of the 2013 budget outlines three priorities: improving college affordability and quality, reshaping the teaching profession and strengthening the connections between school and work.

The administration is asking for $69.9 billion for the Department of Education, an increase of $1.7 billion, or 2.5%, over last year’s budget.  Among some of the programs funded are Race to the Top, School Pell Grants, the Expanding Educational Options initiative (charter schools and public school choice grants), English Learner education, special education, teacher training and community colleges.

Though this budget is more about political priorities than actual government expenditures - it stands little chance of passing - some in education are applauding, while others are sitting on their hands.

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