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Black Students Face More Harsh Discipline, Data Shows NYT: Overall, African-American students were three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers.

ALSO Study: Discipline harsher on African-American students in Chicago Chicago Tribune, Black students in L.A. suspended at proportionally higher rate, data show LAT

Where Republican candidates stand now on education Washington Post: The American public education system is going through historic changes but you couldn’t tell that if you have been following the Republican campaign to tap a candidate to take on President Obama in the fall. Politics K12: When It Comes to Testing, Is Santorum Like Romney? 

Schools Get Tough With Third-Graders: Read Or Flunk NPR: There's little dispute among educators that kids aren't reading as well as they should be. Now, a growing number of states are taking a hard-line approach, requiring that third-graders who can't read at grade level be automatically held back. But some worry that will do more harm than good.

School tests California law that allows takeover via petition Washington Post: Trigger laws are spreading beyond California, passing or sparking debates in other states, including Maryland. Even Hollywood has noticed; a feature film, made by the producers of the 2010 documentary “Waiting for Superman,” is coming out this fall.

Feds Buying 7 Million Pounds Of 'Pink Slime' For School Lunches HuffPost: Pink slime -- that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade -- may have been rejected by fast food joints, but is being brought in by the tons for the nation's school lunch program.

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CPS chief backs federal dollars 'following' students to private schools Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools chiefJean-Claude Brizard voiced support Monday for public dollars "following" students to private schools.

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Make Science Easier to Understand NYT: The actor Alan Alda has created a contest where anyone — including scientists — can offer an explanation of what a flame is; 11-year-olds will judge which answer is best.

Protesters Urge Mayor to Spare Programs for Children NYT: Parents, City Council members and Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, gathered in front of City Hall on Monday to protest proposed cuts to child care and after-school programs. One parent said, “I can’t be there when that bell rings at 2:45.”

Activists protest education cuts at Capitol; about 70 arrested LAT: A coalition of student groups and labor unions supported the demonstration, billed by some as an 'occupy the Capitol' action. The protest reflected discontent over steady hikes in college costs amid budget cuts.

Fla. Teacher Training Routes Vary in Effectiveness, Study Shows Teacher Beat: A variety of Florida alternative-certification programs attracted a more qualified-on-paper group of teacher candidates compared to traditionally certified teachers, but varied in how effective graduates were in the classroom, concludes a study recently released by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research.

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No candidate has truly spoken about education in detail. Everything is about healthcay opinionre and income. In my opinion, we need to have a serious conversation about the future of testing and promotion here in Texas.

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