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AM News: Fiscal Cliff Threatens Programs for Poor Students

Fiscal Cliff Ignites Education Activism As Poorest School Districts Stand To Lose The Most HuffPostEdu: Three federal programs critical to education -- Title I funds for poor students, state grants for special education and the Head Start public pre-school program -- would lose $2.7 billion over 10 years, predicted a Senate report based on the Congressional Budget Office projection that sequestration would slash spending by 7.8 percent.

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Race to the Top District Competition Nets 371 Applicants PoliticsK12: The applications come from 42 states plus the District of Columbia, with California and Texas—of course, because of their size—producing 170 applicants between the two of them.

Teachers Clear Newark Pact WSJ: The Newark Teachers Union approved a groundbreaking contract Wednesday that introduces a form of merit pay and gives teachers input into each others' annual performance evaluations. The contract was fueled by $50 million in philanthropic money poured into the state's largest city through a foundation started by Facebook Inc.

Analysis Examines L.A. Teacher Characteristics TeacherBeat: Los Angeles has an unusually wide spread in the relative effectiveness of its teachers, according to an analysis released today by the Strategic Data Project, an initiative housed at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

 Scale Tips Toward Nonfiction Under Common Core EdWeek: The common standards expect students to become adept at reading informational text, a shift in focus that many English/language arts teachers fear might diminish the time-honored place of literature in their classrooms.

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