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Education Proves Common Ground Among Obama, GOP Governors AP via HuffPost:  A funny thing is happening between President Barack Obama and many Republican governors when it comes to improving America's schools: They are mostly getting along.

TFA, National Writing Project, New Teacher Center Snag New Fed Grants Politics K12: Two programs that lost funding when Congress revised its rules on earmarks—Teach for America and the National Writing Project—will get some federal money after all, under a new $24.6 million competitive program, the Supporting Effective Educators Development or SEED program.

Teachers' Assessment Preparation Weak, Advocacy Group Claims Teacher Beat: Teachers aren't getting enough formal preparation on how to make use of the reams of assessment data states are generating, contends the National Council on Teacher Quality in a brief released today.

Senator Planning Early Education Bill To Help Economy HuffPost: When Sen. Tom Harkin asked a panel of education experts at a Thursday Senate committee hearing how they would improve the country's public schools, he was surprised by what they didn't say.

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Students Pay Calls to Education Panel Members, but No One Answers NYT: Students who are against school closings or turnarounds tried to see various members of the Panel for Educational Policy, but they were not available. The students say the panel members "rubber stamp'' the recommendations of the city's Department of Education and the mayor on which schools to close.

California Supreme Court upholds sex abuse suits against school districts LAT: Ruling in a Santa Clarita case, it says students may sue districts for alleged sexual abuse by school employees if administrators ignore warning signs or fail to monitor the workers.

Virginia teacher tenure bill dies in GOP-led Senate Washington Post: Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s bill to eliminate tenure-style job protections for public school teachersdied Thursday at the hands of the Republican-led Senate.

Kaya Henderson: Charters must be ‘in my tool kit’ Washington Post: This is the second part of last week’s Q-and-A with D.C. Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The highlights: why she wants DCPS to be a charter authorizer, possible changes for the IMPACT teacher evaluation system, and her reasons for rebuffing a proposal from food service director Jeff Mills to take all meal preparation in-house--a plan supported by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), author of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.

Revamped principal evals could reshape superintendents’ role GothamSchools: Attention has focused squarely on teacher evaluations in recent months. But the state’s evaluation law applies to principals, too, meaning that major changes could be on the way for the way city principals are assessed.

Memphis-Shelby County schools merger panel picks six-regions model Commercial Appeal: The model is a combination of two previous versions -- the United model and the Path to Autonomy. Its supporters insist that the structure was not designed to dissuade suburban cities from dodging unification with separate municipal school districts. via GothamSchools.

 

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The center of agreement between President Obama and the governors is focused on policies that prepare students for successful high-quality assessment. The latter should be defined by an American baccalaureate certificate, a qualification that would resemble the International and European baccalaureates and that would earn certificate holders the right to a choice between free public higher education or a voucher towards similar private undergraduate education. Preparation towards success on this kind of high-quality assessment must begin at least four years earlier, and so would give real focus to a new kind of upper secondary school, like that I have been promoting and whose plans I continue to work on.

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