The Washington Post reports on limited opportunities for students to transfer to better performing schools under No Child Left Behind. Only three of the district’s high schools — all select admission magnet schools — and two middle schools are eligble to accept transfers. A limited number of elementary students — with priority to those struggling the most — will be able to transfer. Sounds like a good case for building the supply of high performing schools
Also in the Post, Jay Mathews highlights Eileen Gail Kugler’s book, Debunking the Middle-Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good For All Kids, and rebuts 7 myths about diverse schools. Although Kugler’s title seems antagonistic to “middle class” schools, her key contention — that diverse schools benefit middle class white kids as well as disadvantaged and minority students — seems to butress the arguments Rick Kahlenberg makes in his book, All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools Through Public School Choice. Just because diversity might be good for kids doesn’t mean it’s easy: the Sacramento Bee reports on Elk Grove, CA, school district’s efforts to build better relations between diverse student groups.
New state test results are released in Colorado.