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Arne Duncan's DNC Speech Focuses On Ryan Budget, But Not Class Size HuffPostEdu: Duncan did not overtly mention class size, the Obama campaign's loudest rallying cry against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to K-12 education. Instead, Duncan's brief remarks toed the line between Obama's education record, and the way the president's campaign has attacked Romney on the issue.

Duncan Speech Finesses Touchy Issues PK12: The education secretary steered clear of mentioning charter schools expansion, teacher evaluation, and aggressive school turnaround—policies at the heart of the Obama administration's agenda during Duncan's tenure as secretary.  Those ideas aren't so popular with some in the Democratic base, including many teachers. 

Politico has speech text and video here. Rest of today's education news is inside.

Chicago teachers union increases pressure as strike deadline looms ChicagoTribune: The union also said on Wednesday it would not extend the Monday strike deadline if no contract agreement is reached with the city. A strike by the nearly 30,000 public school teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district would be the first in Chicago in 25 years and one of the largest labor actions nationwide in recent years.

Court Rulings Help Undocumented Immigrants’ College-Bound Children NYT: Several states with financial difficulties have moved quietly in recent years to reduce spending on college education by denying low tuition rates and financial aid to American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants. But in separate decisions over the past month, courts in New Jersey and Florida have rebuffed those efforts. 

Virtual Ed. Addresses Teacher-Certification Questions EdWeek: Now that 40 states have virtual schools or initiatives in the works to open them, more attention is going to the skills particularly required of online teachers. Such teachers need to rely especially heavily on written communication, ensure academic integrity from afar, and not only be able to understand how new technological tools function, but also to use them in pedagogically sound ways.

Academic success in special education not linked to spending, study finds Washignton Post: The amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country, and some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic results from students, according to a new report.

Bullying Episode Puts Focus on Bus Monitors AP: The merciless taunting of a western New York bus monitor, captured in a cellphone video viewed by millions of people, cast a harsh glare on a low-paying, less-than-glamorous job.


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About 10 years ago, my mom rode our school bus as a bus monitor and she never experienced what this woman did, but the disrespect the students gave her was incredible. She heard lots of "You're not my mom" or "You're not the bus driver" was rampant, even as she pulled kids into the office at the school to report their actions. Worse was the disrespect students showed to the driver though. I hope, if nothing else, people have a lot more respect for such jobs now.

And spending doesn’t equal success, in fact, I’d posit the opposite. The more a teacher is paid, the greater the risk the job becomes about the money, as I personally saw growing up at my elementary and middle school. My favorite teachers were always those clearly at their job because they loved it. Most knew they could make more doing something else with their major: my high school programming teacher had a doctorate in nuclear physics. But no other environment gave him the same joy as teaching students technology. Were I to ever get into teaching, he’d be the model I looked up to.

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