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Budget Woes Could Close Philly's Problem Schools NPR: Philadelphia's school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don't trust the decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a ruse to force charter schools and privatization on the district.
Students at charter-run Locke do better than nearby peers Los Angeles Times: Locke students were more likely to graduate and to have taken courses needed for a state college, a study says. Still, overall achievement remains low.
1 in 3 autistic young adults lack jobs, education AP via Boston.com: One in 3 young adults with autism have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, a study finds. That's a poorer showing than those with other disabilities including those who are mentally disabled, the researchers said.
Student surveys for children as young as 5 years old may help rate teachers Washington Post: Kindergartners in Georgia — many of whom don’t yet read — could soon play an important role in deciding which teachers get raises or get fired. Under a new pilot program, 5-year-olds will be guided through a survey that includes such statements as “My teacher knows a lot about what he or she teaches” and “My teacher gives me help when I need it.” As the youngsters circle a smiley face, a neutral face or a frowning face, they will be playing their part in new high-stakes teacher evaluations.
D.C. may give neighborhood families preference in charter school admissions Washington Post: District officials are seriously considering changes in the law that would make at least some public charter schools, currently open to all students citywide, more accessible to families in surrounding neighborhoods.
Scoring of State Math and Reading Tests Is Almost Complete NYT: More than 5,000 New York City teachers have been assigned to score the state math and reading exams. The work happens at several sites around the city during the school day, which means students are without their regular classroom teachers for several days at a time.