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L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows 4.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
A push by backers of charter schools to have a bigger voice on the Los Angeles Board of Education appears to have paid off, according to early election returns in three contested races.
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Chris Christie’s bold plan to remake public schools is running into trouble 4.3.2015 Washington Post
NEWARK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went on a publicity blitz when he vowed to fix this city’s struggling schools with the most expansive re-engineering of urban education anywhere in the country.He told Oprah Winfrey in 2010 that Newark would become a “national model.” He said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the plan would be “paradigm shifting.” And he took ownership when community leaders began to complain about some of the plan’s controversial elements — bragging last year about the day he faced down Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who had been elected on the promise to fight Christie’s schools plan.Read full article ...
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In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking 2.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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The Times' endorsements for Tuesday's election 1.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Don't sit this election out. It's true that there's no high-profile mayor's race or marijuana ballot measure, but Tuesday's election could lead to one of the most significant changes to local government in years. If Charter Amendments 1 and 2 pass, city and school board elections will move,...
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"Opt-out" movement: Just say no to new Colo. assessments 1.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
Debate intensifies about the role of the state and local districts in providing information to parents.
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Define the core mission of schools 28.2.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The sudden departure of Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, caught many by surprise — including Starr. That’s a depressing sign of a dysfunctional school board, one whose members failed to signal serious concerns with their superintendent, even as recently as last fall’s school board elections.Read full article ...
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FactChecking CPAC 28.2.2015 FactCheck
A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.
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Emanuel, Garcia: Tell voters how you'll fix CPS 28.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Emanuel, Garcia: Tell voters how you'll fix CPS
California, GOP on same page in bid to curb U.S. role in schools reform 27.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
Vidku lands $17 million to lauch video technology developed at U 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: Business
The financing, believed to be largest seed capital raise so far this year, was raised by tech entrepreneurs Phil Soran and Jim Leslie.By Neal St. Anthony
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White House threatens to veto GOP effort to overhaul No Child Left Behind 26.2.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the measure in the House.Read full article ...
Minnesota makes gains in graduation rates 25.2.2015 Star Tribune: Local
When a Wildlife Rehab Center Regulates Charter Schools: Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation 24.2.2015
Nestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It's home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center's visitors. It's also Minnesota's largest regulator of charter schools, overseeing 32 of them. Charter schools are taxpayer-funded, privately run schools freed from many of the rules that apply to traditional public schools. What's less widely understood is that there are few hard-and-fast rules for how the regulators charged with overseeing charter schools are supposed to do the job. Many are making it up as they go along. Known as "authorizers," charter regulators have the power to decide which charter schools should be allowed to open and which are performing so badly they ought to close. They're supposed to vet charter schools, making sure the schools are giving kids a good ...
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We Should Be Teaching Our Students Like Yoda Taught Luke 24.2.2015 Wired Top Stories
In George Lucas’ classic The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda patiently tutors, challenges and imparts his wisdom to Luke Skywalker deep in the Dagobah swamps, sometimes while perched on the shoulder of his young Jedi-in-training. That scene depicts the Platonic ideal of personalized ...
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Lull in storm won’t last long 24.2.2015 Durango Herald
The Nordic Center is reopening Wednesday morning. Hesperus Ski Area isn’t. And after a brief shining moment of golf in February, Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course is now closed again.The wet winter storm that dumped as much as 39 inches of snow in the region through Monday may close schools, disrupt travel and delight skiers for a...
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No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable 24.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
No Child Left Behind: how to end 'teaching to the test' 23.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
Colorado GOP reverses course on academic standards, tests 22.2.2015 Denver Post: All Political News
Republicans have played a role in every major school-reform effort in Colorado of the past decade.
Kevin McCarthy's policy director stepping down 21.2.2015 Politico
Neil Bradley will be replaced by Barrett Karr, an executive-branch veteran who now works at the Carlyle Group.
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Vandals spray paint 'Nigg*r' on sign of nation's first black college, Lincoln University 20.2.2015 Daily Kos
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation. With Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah among its most prestigious graduates, Lincoln University is a proud and special place. That's why, 161 years after its founding, it's so outrageously despicable that a racial slur was just spray-painted on the entrance sign to the campus. Acting President Dr. Valerie Harrison released a statement on the incident : "This incident is a sober reminder that our forebearers persevered in the face of hatred and intimidation, yet achieved and maintained standards for excellence which Lincoln University has become known," acting president Valerie I. Harrison told the university community. "Let's not allow the cowardly acts of others distract us from our commitment to maintaining this legacy or cause us to act in a manner that is inconsistent with our greatness," Harrison said. She asked public safety officers to make ...
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