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8th Grade Students Make Gains in Testing on Science NYT: Eighth graders made modest gains in national science testing, with Hispanics and blacks narrowing the gap between their white and Asian peers, the government reported Thursday. ALSO Report: 8th-grade students still lag in science AP via Boston.com, Science Scores Draw Concern WSJ
House Passes Bill To Stave Off Cuts, But K-12 Advocates Still Worried Politics K12: Education advocates have been sweating for months over a series of planned cuts that are slated to hit every K-12 program in January - unless Brokedown Congress can figure out a way to stop it.
Vermont to Reconsider ESEA Waiver Politics K12: Vermont's governor and state board of education are weighing whether to continue with the process of applying for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, after the back-and-forth exchange with the U.S. Department of Education has led the state to stray far from the original proposal it sold to stakeholders.
Has Higher Ed. Ceded Reponsibility for Teacher Quality Control? Teacher Beat: The dean of the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, Robert Pianta, pens a provocative piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education that poses what's probably the essential teacher-quality question du jour: Who should be responsible for defining and policing the standards of the teaching profession?
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Chicago teachers conduct 'dry run' for strike vote Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union polled its 25,000 members Thursday on questions involving the school board as part of what one official called a "dry run" for a potential strike vote.
Neighborhood admissions preference for charter schools to be studied Washington Post: District officials are moving closer to changes in the law that would allow charter schools--currently open to all eligible students citywide-- to grant admissions preference to families in surrounding neighborhoods.
Tennessee Bill Asks Parents To Grade Themselves On Report Cards AP via HuffPost: Educators exasperated by the need for greater parent involvement have persuaded Tennessee lawmakers to sign off on a novel bit of arm-twisting: Asking parents to grade themselves on report cards.
SC Senate panel advances private school bill AP via Boston.com: A bill giving tax breaks to parents who send their children to private school or educate them at home advanced Wednesday in the Senate, despite a panel's 3-2 vote against it.