This week in education

May 25, 2012
  • Mitt Romney details his plan for public education, which includes vouchers for parents who want to send their children to private schools.
  • The Feds propose rules for a third round of Race to the Top grants. Individual school districts and groups of districts would be able to apply for the funding, and the program would shift focus to proposals that target individual help for students.
  • Providence decides to return Hope High School to a block schedule just one year after scrapping it. The change to a six-period schedule angered students and teachers, but district officials said it was part of an effort to standardize high schools across the city. Now the district says three other high schools are designing overhauls, which means a standardized schedule is no longer realistic. The block schedule will allow Hope’s tech academy to offer a special networking certification, and the fine arts program also preferred the longer class periods.
  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan meets with union leaders and school officials about their efforts to collaborate on school reforms. Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Providence school and union officials were some of the local leaders at the conference.
  • Ruth Simmons gives her final major speech as president of Brown University.
  • Comedian Andy Samberg addresses graduating students at Harvard.