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AM News: Testing, Tenure, Student Tyranny

New York Standardized Testing Protest Brings Parents, Students to Pearson's Steps HuffPostEdu: Dozens of elementary and middle school kids swarmed the steps of 1330 Sixth Ave. to protest the growth of high-stakes standardized testing.

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Stand for Children has a record for winning concessions from teachers BostonGlobe: Stand for Children - a group that arrived in Massachusetts less than a decade ago - is on the brink of pulling off a major coup: using hardball tactics to compel the state’s major teachers union to give up some of its cherished seniority rights. $

Romney's Massachusetts Proposals Mirror Obama Ideas Politics K12:  in his book, No Apology, Romney wades even deeper into the curriculum culture wars, saying that he doesn't think schools should consider all cultures as having "equal value."

GAO Report Questions Whether Bullying Laws Protect All Students EdWeek PoliticsK-12: The GAO recommends additional action by the U.S. Department of Education and the attorney general, and says more study is needed to determine whether existing laws go far enough in protecting all students from bullying at school.

Judge to rule on whether student progress must be used in teacher evaluations  SCPR: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has said that he will rule Monday on a lawsuit that claims L.A. Unified’s broken the law for 40 years by not factoring student progress into teachers’ job evaluations.

Obama Criticizes Republicans Over Student Loan Rates NYT: After a day of fund-raisers in California, President Obama on Thursday traveled again to swing-state Nevada for the one event of his two-day Western trip [...] He emphasized the issue of keeping college loans affordable, a topic which resonates with many younger voters whose support Mr. Obama needs for reelection.

Calif. Schools Try Out A Gentler Form Of Discipline NPR: Teachers and school administrators in Richmond, Calif., dramatically reduced student suspensions by adopting a youth court program and other new approaches to discipline. But critics of the new approach say dropping traditional punishment could compromise school safety.

Video: Tough love at Harlem Village Academies NBC News: In a new book, the founder of Harlem Village Academies recounts how she set out to prove that a good school can turn any kid around. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. 

 

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It’s amazing to see students protest standardized testing for what it is. I wish my generation had had that kind of gall when it initially came about.

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