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AM News: Head of Texas Ed Says Rate Schools on Minority Progress

Head of Texas Ed: Rate schools on minority progress AP: Texas' new education commissioner said Thursday that he is considering a new system for rating school success and he thinks it should take into account how well districts are closing the achievement gap between Anglo and minority students.

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School Districts Brace for Cuts as Fiscal Crisis Looms NYTEducation: If the government is unable to come to a resolution, federal education programs for elementary and high schools would lose a little over $2 billion — or close to 8 percent of the current budget — starting next fall, according to the Office of Management and Budget and the Education Department.

Report: Science instruction disappearing in elementary school, but not science grades LJWorld: Griffith said teachers responding to the survey said they reported grades in science because there was a spot on the grade card for it. But the teachers felt so pressured to increase performance in the high-stakes reading and math tests that they have cut back or eliminated class time for science.

High Standards Help Struggling Students: New Evidence EducationSector: But while most policymakers, researchers, and educators have embraced these higher Common Core standards, some question the fairness of raising the academic bar on students who are already struggling.

Michigan Affirmative Action Ban Struck Down By Court AP: The court said having supporters and opponents debate affirmative action through the governing boards of each public university would be much fairer than cementing a ban in the constitution, which it referred to as home of "the highest level" of public policy.

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