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AM News: Duncan Eases Turnaround Timeline

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ED offers SIG schools extra time for teacher evaluation systems Politics K-12:  The USDE has quietly invited states and schools to apply for some extra time to figure out the trickiest—and, arguably, the most crucial—component of the federal turnaround strategy.

Highlights from Arne Duncan's Twitter Town Hall Politics K-12: During a 30-plus-minute, rapid-fire Q & A between Arne Duncan and moderator John Merrow, we learned that 10 days of testing is too much, merit pay for teachers should be voluntary, and the U.S. Secretary of Education is a Twitter "novice."

N.Y. teachers score court victory NYT: A judge ruled Wednesday that the New York State Board of Regents overreached in its interpretation of a new law on teacher evaluations, offering a victory to the state teachers’ union.

Santa Monica-Malibu  schools keep chocolate milk on menu LA Times: Bucking a trend, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board decides the benefits of chocolate milk for young people outweigh its risks.

D.C. mayor says most schools will open on time Washington Post: Mayor Vincent C. Gray said nearly all D.C. public schools will reopen Thursday because inspectors determined a day after the earthquake that they were safe for students.

Ky. judge pushes for neighborhood schools EdWeek: A Kentucky appeals court judge called Wednesday for the state's largest school district to end the "social experiment" of busing students for desegregation purposes and revert to neighborhood schools, stepping into what has become a high-profile political issue.

Test-Driving Online Learning NYT: Signing up for some online classes, a reporter discovers she has forgotten a lot about math. Also, that studying in front of a computer is lonely.

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