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Former Gov. Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney for President Politics K12: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the godfather of the reformey-minded Chiefs For Change and an education force in statehouses around the country, has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

Seattle School Board votes to keep Teach For America partnership Seattle Times:   The Seattle School Board reached decisions Wednesday night on two of the most controversial proposals it has considered this year, voting to continue the district's partnership with Teach for America and to set specific guidelines for how far board members can go in overseeing district operations. via @gothamschools

Teacher Turnover Affects All Students' Achievement, Study Indicates Teacher Beat: When teachers leave schools, overall morale appears to suffer enough that student achievement declines—both for those taught by the departed teachers and by students whose teachers stayed put, concludes a study recently presented at a conference held by the Center for Longitudinal Data in Education Research.

Engaging Students With Learning Disabilities Early On PBS: Students with learning disabilities are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Betty Ann Bowser visited an elementary school that practices early intervention -- engaging students with technology and art to improve their chances of earning a diploma.

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Low-Income Students Won't Have to Pay More for A.P. Exams NYT: The city's Department of Education says it has secured enough money to allow all low-income students to pay the same amount to take the Advanced Placement exams this spring as they paid last year.

Stringer Calls for Immediate Removal of 'Pink Slime' Products NYT: The Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, on Wednesday demanded that the city immediately remove any products in school lunches containing a low-cost meat filler known to its critics as "pink slime." City officials said they plan to phase out those lunch products, which include meatballs and beef paddies, by September.

Fiscal picture, turnaround open more spots for new teachers GothamSchools: A slightly improved fiscal picture and a higher-than-usual number of anticipated vacancies mean more new teachers are likely to enter city classrooms this fall.

Middle School Girl Sues Pennsylvania District Over School Drug Tests AP via HuffPost: A central Pennsylvania middle school student is suing her district over a drug testing policy that's required if she wants to participate in choir and other activities.

Panel endorses Maine teacher evaluation bill AP via Boston.com: A bill requiring rigorous performance evaluations for Maine teachers and principals has been unanimously endorsed by a legislative committee.

Frustrated L.A. Unified pilot school educators speak their minds SCPR:  A meeting with about 40 pilot school educators from a couple dozen L.A. Unified schools yielded some interesting discussion points on teachers' hope for longterm investment in the program and the huge toll budget cuts have taken on these small themed schools.

 

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