Ask Detroit teachers about their biggest challenge and many will say, "You can't teach kids who don't come to class." Last year, the average Detroit public high school student missed at least 28 days of school.
Now, as part of its effort to get parents more involved, the district has launched a major initiative to improve attendance. The effort includes parent workshops and attendance agents charged with pushing parents to send their kids to school every day.
President Obama called for a "new national commitment" to train 2 million Americans with skills that will lead directly to a job. He singled out partnerships between businesses and community colleges. It was not the first time he's proposed this, though. Earlier in his administration he abandoned a $12 billion plan to help community colleges expand their training programs. It's not clear where the money for this "new" national commitment will come from.
The State Board of Education Wednesday approved regulations that will govern evaluation of principals and teachers. These regulations are under the landmark 2010 law requiring annual reviews and that at least 50 percent of evaluations be based on student academic growth.