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Northwestern announces largest donation in school history 28.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Northwestern University announced Wednesday morning the largest donation in its history — more than $100 million to boost the field of global studies and fund scholarships for international ...
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Parents reject Mexico AG's declaration that missing students slain, vow to press case at UN 28.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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No proof that academies raise standards, inquiry finds 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Education committee make a series of recommendations to address concerns over governance, transparency and oversight

A parliamentary inquiry into the coalition’s education reforms has called on the government to stop exaggerating the success of academies and to be more open about how it runs the programme.

The report by the cross-party education select committee said that although it was clear that academisation led to greater competition which helped drive improvement in schools, there was not yet proof that academies raised standards either for disadvantaged children or overall.

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Steamboat Springs School District will apply for state testing waiver 27.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs School Board Monday unanimously voted in favor of applying for a waiver from a portion of a state assessment students are scheduled to take as soon as early March. The district will ask for a waiver from the Colorado Department of Education to allow third to eighth graders to opt out of English and math tests that are a part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. “We’re sending a message that we have a system with problems, and hopefully, the senators and legislators address that,” board member Joey Andrew said. The Colorado State Board of Education voted 4-3 Jan. 8 to allow school districts to apply for the waiver, but whether the waivers will be approved is still in question. The state’s education commissioner has said that he is waiting for direction from the Colorado Attorney General's office before he approves the waivers, according to Superintendent Brad Meeks. Up until the district is granted a waiver, staff will plan to take the PARCC ...
Peristera Batziana: partner of 30 years to Alexis Tsipras, ‘Betty’ to the people 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The media-shy partner of Greece’s new prime minister is the country’s first unmarried first lady Continue reading...
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Marketing, a need and benefit for Denver schools 26.1.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
As the novelty wears off for a process that reformed the way Denver parents pick a school for their kids, school leaders are becoming more sophisticated in their marketing, trying to find students who are the right fit.
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This week at progressive state blogs: Snarked AZ civics test, Ro Khanna redux, David Duke 25.1.2015 Daily Kos
This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a diary does not necessarily indicate my agreement or endorsement of its contents. At Rum, Romanism and Rebellion of Arizona, Tom writes— Coming Soon To A High School Near You : Arizona Civics Test Instructions: Please choose the answer that best completes the sentence and fill the corresponding bubble on the answer sheet with a number two pencil. 1. The first Spanish-speaking residents of what is now Arizona… a.) …arrived by the middle of the 18th century and their descendants are still here. b.) …overwhelmed the state after the 1986 amnesty. c.) …were running drugs and taking jobs from good Americans. d.) …keep speaking Spanish to each other within earshot of me. PLEASE MAKE THEM STOP! [...] 5. The only thing that the state ...
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Right-Wing Charter Schools Looking For Toehold In Michigan 24.1.2015 Crooks Liars
The John Birch Society or some facsimile thereof is on the move, and they're aiming at charter schools in Michigan. Chris Savage at Eclectablog has an alarming post about it: Back in 2011, a man named Pasquale “Pat” Battaglia posted a blog entry on the website of the Lapeer County Tea Party Patriots titled “The God and Country Education Project” . In it, he introduces something he calls “American Christian Academies” and denounces the “progressive” movement who he says have taken “less than 3 generations to completely obliterate our schools”. Fast forward two years to 2013. The American Christian Academies website no longer exists but Battaglia is still trying to set up a charter school to fight off evil progressives. He published an eerily similar post on the Brighton Tea Party’s website, this time titling it “K-12 Tuition Free Classical Academy for Brighton” . Keeping the ACA acronym, Battaglia rebranded his Christian Academy to be a “Classical” Academy. In the post, he uses much the same language but ...
Morning Hot Dish: Bribes, booze and baiting 23.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
The push for Sunday liquor sales has a new intensity.
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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing 22.1.2015 NPR News
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
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Did CPS take care of its displaced kids? 22.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
We've talked to dozens of candidates for the Chicago City Council in the last three weeks and we've heard a lot of anger about the decision by Chicago Public Schools in 2013 to close nearly 50 ...
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Rep. John Kline: No new federal programs for community colleges 22.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Rep. John Kline: No new federal programs for community colleges
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The Trojan Horse of "Free" Community College 21.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Will the strings likely to be attached to President Obama's plan for "free community college" fundamentally change the nature of the institution? If open access is sacrificed, and high-stakes testing is instituted, the community college model may be changed for the worse. Supporters react as President Barack Obama greets them after delivering remarks on new initiatives to help Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed, at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2015. Obama proposed making community college tuition-free for millions of students. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times) President Obama's proposal for "free" community college should excite me, as a community college professor who works daily with those students perched precariously on the outermost edge of higher education - undocumented immigrants, high school drop-outs, homeless teens, former prisoners - all arriving to campus striving for the safety, security and affluence of middle-class ...
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Hill fight on No Child Left Behind looms 21.1.2015 Politico
The debate may be the most dramatic clash over education in more than a decade.
Testing in schools focus of first Senate committee hearing on fixing No Child Left Behind 21.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
How the delegation responded to the State of the Union 21.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Even before President Obama waded through the crowd of members of Congress to begin his State of the Union address Tuesday night, press releases responding to the speech materialized in email inboxes.
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What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education 21.1.2015 NPR News
President Obama will lay out three main ideas in a State of the Union speech that may echo his first address to Congress in 2009.
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To improve schools, let teachers take over 19.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers ...
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Fox Turns To Jamie Dimon To Advise Obama On Appropriate SOTU Topics 19.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
I guess Fox News hasn't gotten the memo about this years SOTU not being a big deep dark secret. For the past two and a half weeks, President Obama has been unveiling his wish list as he'll outline it on Tuesday night. But since Fox is clueless, Maria Bartiromo turned to Jamie Dimon to give the President some of his sage wisdom. After hearing his advice, I'm thinking it would have been better if Bartiromo had asked Dimon to give Republicans some advice on what needs to be done. Of the five things Dimon listed, four of them have been consistently blocked by Republicans for the past six years. Here's Dimon's list: Infrastructure, corporate tax reform, immigration reform, education reform including community college assistance, and trade policy. Dimon swears the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be great for the economy. That's the only piece of his advice that is a lie. It wouldn't be great for the economy; but it would be just awesome for billionaires who want to rake in a few more billions, particularly if ...
Congress, states, schools districts debating quality and quantity of standardized tests 17.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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