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Gov. Jerry Brown calls for less testing Washington Post: California’s Jerry Brown wants to reduce the number of standardized tests students take, give more authority to local school boards and design a system to measure education performance that is less test-centric than the one now in use.

Duncan: It's Time to Create Race to Top for Districts K12: Flush with $550 million in new Race to the Top money, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he intends to use the vast majority of it to design a new competition just for school districts.

Of Parrots, Paras and Time NYT: A principal considers a conundrum in education today: That even as more schools are expected to try to put children with all different abilities into an "integrated'' classroom, and teachers are expected to understand that all children learn.

Ed Dept. seeks ways to stem cheating on standardized tests Washington Post: The federal government has become concerned enough about repeated cheating scandals on standardized tests in school districts across the country that it is gathering information on how to prevent, detect and respond to irregularities on completed tests.

Whistle-blowing teachers to open a charter school LAT:  They lost their jobs during a cheating scandal at Crescendo schools. Former union chief and charter foe A.J. Duffy will lead them.

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Mexican American Studies: Bad Ban Or Bad Class? NPR: In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District governing board recently voted to suspend the controversial Mexican American studies program. The move came after the state superintendent John Huppenthal deemed the program in violation of a state law banning, among other things, classes that promote resentment toward a race or class. 

Bloomberg 'Optimistic' on Teacher Evaluations NYT: A day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called on school districts to negotiate new teacher evaluations with their unions or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured a Bronx high school and said they were optimistic they can still strike a deal. But they said they are also pursuing a separate plan to close and reopen 33 failing schools.

A Conversation With Arne Duncan Politics K12: I sat down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday for a wide-ranging interview on the hot education topics of the day: waivers, Race to the Top, reauthorization, and the election.

At P.S. 41, College Planning Begins in Pre-K NYT: Because of a new program P.S. 41 in Staten Island launched earlier this month, the "college" word will be used a lot more within the school’s walls, said Elise Feldman, the principal.

Georgia Teacher Resigns After Slavery Math Problems Outrage AP via HuffPost: A spokeswoman says a suburban Atlanta teacher has resigned after an investigation over third-grade students being assigned math homework with word problems about slavery.

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