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Montessori charter school looks at 2016 opening 3.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Organizers with the envisioned Mountain Montessori Charter School are moving forward with their application to the Colorado Charter School Institute but have pushed back a target opening until fall 2016. The group originally expected to facilitate the school's charter through the Steamboat Springs School District, but district officials decided this summer to release their interest in the school. “I think they had a lot of work that was (more) pressing," Mountain Montessori steering committee member Jennifer Zuccone said. “But there isn't any sort of tension between us and the district.” Superintendent Brad Meeks said the Colorado CSI didn't yet exist when the North Routt Charter School was formed, but he believed the institute would offer a smoother experience for the proposed school. “We've been recommending that they go through the CSI,” said Meeks. “It seems cleaner, and cuts out the district as a middle man.” The charter school is aiming to fill a void organizers believe was left when a Montessori ...
Abbreviated pundit roundup: Back to school, meaningful work and more 2.9.2014 Daily Kos
The New York Times writes in praise of universal pre-kindergarten: The start of public school on Thursday in New York City should be the usual merry scramble of chattering children and stressed (or relieved) parents. There will also be something new: a fresh crop of 4-year-olds, more than 50,000, embarking on the first day of free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. It’s worth pausing to note what an accomplishment this is. Fifty thousand is a small city’s worth of children, each getting a head start on a lifetime of learning. It is so many families saving the cost of day care or private prekindergarten. It is a milestone of education reform. Mike Rose over at The Los Angeles Times writes about the need to think about meaningful work for young adults: In the midst of the economic analysis and political speeches on this Labor Day, we should stop and think about the personal meaning of work and whether we are providing enough opportunities for young people to discover that meaning for ...
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Which States' Kids Miss the Most School? 2.9.2014 Mother Jones
September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school—at least not very much. The map above shows the results of a national report released Tuesday by non-profit Attendance Works, which zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least ten percent of school days over the course of a year. The measure has become popular among education reformers over the past few years because unlike other measures like average daily attendance or truancy , chronic absenteeism focuses on the specific kids who are regularly missing instructional time, regardless of the reason why or the overall performance of the school. Several studies have shown that missing ten percent of school seems to be a threshold of sorts: If you miss more than that, your odds of scoring well on tests, graduating high school , and attending college are significantly lower. A statewide study in Utah, for example, found that ...
Truthout Interviews Featuring Adam Bessie and Dan Carino on Bill Gates, Graphic Journalism, and the Education Reform Hype Machine 31.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Common Core, PARCC tests in Colorado reveal uneasiness about testing 31.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
From the state's second-largest school district to rural schools on the Eastern Plains, from Colorado Springs to a high-poverty Denver suburb, anxiety is growing over Colorado's participation in a multistate effort to test students on a common set of academic ...
Business briefing, Sunday, Aug. 31 30.8.2014 Business

Martin Williams Advertising Inc., Minneapolis, has been named agency of record for St. Paul-based Pavay Organics, developers of skin-care products.

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Washington schools move toward national standards 30.8.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite opposition from Washington teachers and their union about new national education standards and the tests that will judge how they are being taught, the state is ploughing ahead with its plans to embrace Common Core....
50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US 30.8.2014 Nation
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards: ——— ALABAMA The state school board folded Common Core into the state's College and Career Ready Standards for public schools and has been defending the decision ever since.
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50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US 30.8.2014 AP National
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:...
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Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers? 30.8.2014 AP National
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse....
Common Core bickering heats up as standards take effect; buyer's remorse hits policymakers? 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
A Chicago success: More diplomas, fewer dropouts 29.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Or on other concerns of ... other... So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Or on other concerns of ... ...
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Oakland school board opens the door another charter school 29.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
Hoping to turn around dismal education outcomes for kids in Oakland's most impoverished and violent neighborhood, a group of East Oakland leaders won approval to create a 'transformation' charter elementary school.
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US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards 29.8.2014 AP Top News
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs....
After Oklahoma Rejects Common Core, Replacement Standards Rejected For Failing To Prepare Students 29.8.2014 Think Progres

State universities won't sign off on standards Oklahoma is dusting off to replace the Common Core.

The post After Oklahoma Rejects Common Core, Replacement Standards Rejected For Failing To Prepare Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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PostEverything: The attack on bad teacher tenure laws is actually an attack on black professionals 28.8.2014 Washington Post

After the Vergara v. California decision in California’s state Supreme Court, which held that key job protections for teachers are unconstitutional, anti-union advocates everywhere began spawning copycat lawsuits. But while reformers may genuinely want to fix education for everyone, their efforts will only worsen diversity in the teaching corps. The truth is that an attack on bad teacher tenure laws (and ineffective teachers in general) is actually an attack on black professionals. If the Vergara clones succeed, black children will lose effective teachers and the black community will lose even more middle-class jobs.

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Sats results show primary school children improving in basic skills 28.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Minister hails results showing 79% of 11-year-olds achieved expected standard in reading, writing and maths up from 75%

More children are reaching the standards expected of them in the "three Rs" by the time they leave primary school, latest figures show, but tens of thousands of youngsters are still failing in reading, writing and maths.

The results of this year's national curriculum tests - known as Sats - show a four percentage point improvement in the proportion of 11-year-olds gaining at least a level 4 the standard expected of the age group, in the basics.

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Jonetta Rose Barras: The tools to rescue under-performing schools in the District 28.8.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
I walked into the CityBridge Foundation one summer afternoon, responding to an invitation from its president, Katherine Bradley , to learn about the organization’s Tools to 100 Schools program. Bradley, a force in the national education reform movement for several years, has been extremely complimentary of the District’s efforts. Our assessments have differed, sometimes ...
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Christopher Pyne on education reform - video 28.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Christopher Pyne, minister for education, makes the case for the Coalition government's bill to change higher education in Australia. Pyne says it is the biggest change to higher education in more than 40 years and argues it is fair, addressing criticisms from Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United party, which can combine to block it in the Senate Continue reading...
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Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds, says Common Core violates states' rights 28.8.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a suit against the Obama administration Wednesday, joining a conservative-led effort to challenge controversial national education standards knows as the Common Core, which Jindal says violate states' sovereignty.   
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