Pepper-spraying Cop: Campus police at Santa Monica College pepper-sprayed 30 demonstrators during a protest against tuition hikes on Tuesday. A new two-tiered program would increase core courses to five times the current price.
Campus Shooting: Earlier this week, a gunman shot and killed seven students at an Oakland college. Suspect One Goh is believed to have been a former student at Oikios University, a small Christian school with a large Korean community base.
American Graduate Update: While in Las Vegas to host the American Graduate Teacher Town Hall, Ray Suarez also shared a few encouraging words to students at Chaparral High School, one of Clark County's worst-performing schools.
The Las Vegas Sun writes: "The eastern valley “turnaround” school has a 33 percent graduation rate, the lowest in the Clark County School District. Three months until graduation, an estimated 100 seniors — about one in five — have yet to pass all of their proficiency exams, a requirement to receive their diploma. Others are still so far behind on their class credits, they may need to come back in the summer or take a fifth year to finish high school."
NCLB, Behind the Numbers: Waivers for No Child Left Behind may overlook tracking information
on the progress of minority students, says the National Indian Education
Association. Some waivers place minorities into a "super-subgroup" instead of disaggregating data, which advocates argue further hides achievement gaps.