[News 9/20] Thursday Round-up

What went wrong? Apparently, four U.S. Senators voted to block consideration of the bill after initially indicating support: Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). “When we went to bed Monday night, we had 61 votes,” said Ilir Zherka, executive director of the advocacy group DC Vote. But the following afternoon, he added, “we had 57.” 

New York City Department of Education Awarded 2007 Broad Prize for Urban Education (PND, 9/20) 

Introducing… Think:MTV.com (Newswire, 9/20) – MTV is launching a social networking site focused on youth activism. Founding partners include the Case Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goldhirsh Foundation and MCJ Foundation.

History lesson: The Annie E. Casey Foundation traces its roots to Seattle where, a hundred years ago, a young James Casey started UPS with nothing but $100 and two phones. (SeattlePI, 9/19)

“D.C. students sent to schools facing abuse claims” (Examiner, 9/20) “Last week, schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired a top special education official and is moving to fire two others for “dereliction of duty,” according to an internal memo and top school sources.”

[D.C.] 30 Schools Can Be Overhauled After Not Gaining on Tests (WaPo, 9/20)

[Md.] Educators Are Offered Aid to Buy First Home (WaPo, 9/20) – The goal is teacher retention.