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AM News: 61 Race to Top Finalists Include Charters, Consortiums & Boards of Education

Charter schools named Race to Top finalists as ‘districts’ TheAnswerSheet: The U.S. Education Department just named 61 finalists in its Race to the Top-District competition that will divide nearly $400 million among those deemed to have the “best” school reform plans. The finalists in the contest — which, to be clear, is intended for school districts, as the name of the competition suggests — include charter schools, charter school networks, district consortiums, and boards of education.

AMNewsJeb Bush, With Cash And Clout, Pushes Contentious School Reforms  Reuters: And some of the policies Bush now pushes, such as vouchers and mandatory online classes, have no clear links to the test-score bump in Florida. Bush has been particularly vigorous about promoting online education, urging states to adopt policies written with input from companies that stand to profit from expanded cyber-schooling.

Fewer U.S. high school students say they've cheated in class: report DailyNews: That's according to a new study by the Los Angeles based Josephson Institute of Ethics, which found 51% of the 23,000 students sampled admitting to cheating on a test, down from 59% in 2010. It's the first time in a decade the number has gone down from previous years.

Teachers' Contract Includes Peer Review EdWeek: Some teachers will have the opportunity to earn up to $12,500 extra for getting a superior performance rating on evaluations, teaching in a low-performing school, or teaching a high-need subject. Also for the first time, peer reviews will become a formal part of the evaluation process.

Philadelphia Principal Describes Fallout of Test-Score Inflation NewsWorks: Despite her skepticism, Cruz says the 2010 PSSA results still led her to believe that only a small proportion of Comm Tech’s students needed remedial help. Rather than overhaul staffing patterns and course schedules to allow for a schoolwide intervention, she expanded use of Study Island.

That’s according to a new study by the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute of Ethics, which found 51% of the 23,000 students sampled admitted to cheating on a test, down from 59% in 2010. It's the first time in a decade the number has gone down from previous years.

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Fewer U.S. high school students say they've cheated in class: report

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Urging states to cyber-school is really a waste and I feel it will cause a high retention rate. I have taken online classes and you are basicly teaching yourself. Middle and high schoolers are not discipline enough to pass the classes. Maybe if they make it mandatory to meet with the teacher at least two times a week it will work. Cyber-schooling is also a chance for students to cheat or have someone else to take the class for them.

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