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AM News: 11 States Apply For NCLB Changes

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11 States Seek Relief From ‘No Child’ Provisions, in Return for Raising Standards NYT: Eleven states asked the Education Department for relief from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, in exchange for adopting higher standards. See also Stateline.

Gov. Perry Would Scrap the U.S. Department of Education Politics K-12: So it's official: Gov. Rick Perry is now calling for getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education.

Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches NYT: Congress blocked changes proposed by the Agriculture Department that were meant to reduce childhood obesity.

Does New Orleans Welcome Disabled Students? NPR: New Orleans has become the center of an education revolution, where more than 70 percent of students attend a charter school. By many measures, student achievement has improved. But the city's new system has led to questions about whether the district is truly open to the most challenging students.

Girl Bullied By Her Own Teachers NBC:  The parents of special needs student Cheyanne, 14, caught her teachers' verbal abuse on tape.

MORE NEWS ITEMS INSIDE

Ex-porn star's school appearance prompts review AP (Boston Globe): Officials of a California school system plan to meet with the agent who schedules celebrity guests to read to children after some parents complained that having a former adult film star as a participant was inappropriate.

L.A. Teachers Seek to Put Evaluations to a Referendum Teacher Beat: A collection of Los Angeles teachers plans to force a vote among the district's teaching corps that, if passed, would require their union to advocate for "teacher-led" changes to the teacher-evaluation system—and for a moratorium on layoffs while it's implemented.

Chicago May Require Applications CNC:  If the Board adopts the resolution, the district will pay $390,375 to the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice to “provide a school choice matching system,” according to the resolution. 

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