It’s Friday, May 1, and here’s a roundup of education-related news stories for the week.
- A delegation from the Anaheim City School District traveled to Nashville, Tenn. and came away with renewed purpose to create a robust standards-based music education program for all students
- After years of layoffs due to the economic downturn, there’s good news for California educators, as school districts plan to hire thousands of teachers for the upcoming school year. In fact, a quick perusal of www.edjoin.org shows more than 300 certificated teacher job vacancies in Orange County alone.
- As dropout rates go down, high school graduation rates for California and Orange County have increased for the fifth year in a row, with English-learners accounting for the biggest overall gains.
- And in support of the power of storytelling, new research suggests Harry Potter stories may positively affect student attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups and may be an effective tool against prejudice.