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Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser MSNBC:  "The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I'm not going to get rid of it entirely." Romney added that he learned in his 1994 campaign for Senate that proposing to eliminate the agency was politically volatile. 

Should Teachers Text With Students? HuffPost: This year has already seen a slew of controversial incidents involving teachers texting students. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania teacher Timothy Moll was accused of texting one of his students and offering good grades for naked pictures.

Programs encourage new grads to try entrepreneurship USA Today: Opportunities are springing up nationwide for budding entrepreneurs.

Mayoral Fight Seen in N.J. School Race WSJ: A school-board election on Tuesday that most years would be sleepy is shaping up to be a hotly contested affair in Jersey City, as some see the race as a proxy war between mayoral candidates in the state's second-largest city.

Kan. gov., lawmakers may hit impasse over schools AP via Boston.com: Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislators appear headed toward a stalemate over spending on public schools that could block any significant increase in aid or change in how dollars are distributed.

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Talks continue, but teachers union takes first step toward strike Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials and the city's teachers union have failed to reach an agreement after several months of contract talks, setting in motion the first of several steps that must be taken before a strike can be called.

State Tests Begin Tuesday, But Some Students Will Sit Them Out NYT: Public school students throughout the city will be sitting down on Tuesday for a series of federally mandated tests that will be influential in everything from students' promotions to teachers' tenure. A small but determined group of parents who have had their children opt out from taking the tests have been applauded by commenters as "brave" and "pioneers."

District: Freezing charter pay never the plan Washington Post: The administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has told charter schools that it absolutely, positively never intended to freeze the $100 million dollar plus April quarterly payment until the D.C. Council passed the smaller supplemental spending bill that will come up for consideration Tuesday. According to Gray chief of staff Chris Murphy, it all came down to a misunderstanding over that often confusing word, “freeze.”

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In response to teachers texting students, it’s a slippery slope to tread. On one hand, it’s a form of communication. Students could easily be sent homework assignments. On the other, laws can be violated, as, if the allegations against that Pennsylvania teacher are true, is seen above. The question becomes largely, “how is it possible to fairly regulate such a thing, both preserving freedom and safety?”

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