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AM News: Waivers Take An Early Lead Over Reauthorization

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Duncan heads to Cantor's turf Politico: Education Secretary Arne Duncan will become the latest member of the Obama administration to head to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's home turf of Richmond, Va., to advocate for the president's jobs bill.

40 Applicants Lining Up for NCLB Waivers EdWeek: Twelve  states have not signaled they want a waiver: Alabama, Alaska,Arizona, California, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

School accreditation explained: Does a seal of approval matter? Stateline: Kansas City’s school system is about to join St. Louis in losing state accreditation. Does it matter? Here’s a primer on school accreditation and what’s at stake when schools lose it. 

Teacher Evaluation At Issue In ESEA Debate Politics K-12: Some Republicans might be open to giving a second look to the bill from U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act if improvements can be made in the area of teacher evaluation and achievement gap schools.

NJ teacher criticized for Facebook remark on gays AP: Officials in a New Jersey school district are investigating claims that a high school teacher who advises a prayer group posted remarks on her Facebook page that described homosexuality as "perverted" and said it "breeds like cancer."
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Squeezed Out in India, Students Turn to United States NYT: There are a surging number of Indian students attending American colleges and universities, as competition in India has grown formidable, even for the best students

Suspending progress? Catalyst: Over half of CPS high schools had in-school suspension rooms in the 2009-2010 school year, according to the latest figures from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Teacher’s Facebook Posts Against Homosexuality Are Questioned NYT: Viki Knox, a teacher at Union High School in Union Township, N.J., wrote that homosexuality was “against the nature and character of God.” 

Video: ‘Un-schooling’: Kids decide what they want to learn TODAY: Matt Lauer sits down with child and teen development expert Robyn Silverman, who explains “un-schooling,” a home-schooling concept that includes no tests, curriculum, or rules. 

Teachers protest Rupert Murdoch at school summit AP:  Teachers in the San Francisco Bay area picketed Thursday outside an education conference that features News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch as a keynote speaker, saying they believe he and other business leaders want to profit from reforms discussed at the summit.

College Students Join Occupy Wall Street Protests NPR:Students at more than 100 colleges across the country rallied Thursday to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators, both on and off campus, are voicing increasing frustration with the high cost of college, mounting student debt loads and the lousy job market for recent graduates.

Stalling Economy Forces Pennsylvania Schools to Put Dreams on Hold NewsHour:  Six years ago, Mifflin County, Pa., had a vision for a better high school. It would offer students an outstanding education in a state-of-the-art facility.

Spellings warns against dismantling 'No Child' law The Tennessean: I certainly understand Secretary (Arne) Duncan's frustration with Congress in not getting a reauthorization. The law does need to be perfected and updated from what we've learned in the last 10 years or so. However, I think there are two problems.  

Punishments handed down in Atlanta school cheating scandal USA Today: Three administrators in the public school system here have had their certificates revoked as punishment for changing answers on students standardized tests.

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