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AM News: Ohio Teachers Support Obama & Run for the Statehouse

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost NPR: A dozen teachers, all of them Democrats, are running for seats in Ohio's House and Senate. The surge is a byproduct of last year's fight over Senate Bill 5, the state law that would have curbed public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Education Issues Underscore Election Stakes at All Levels EdWeek: And with the strategic balance in Congress in play, along with the makeup of 44 state legislatures and the fate of numerous education-related ballot measures, the Nov. 6 elections could have a lasting impact on the direction of precollegiate policy.

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New Deadlines Set for Race to Top District Contest PoliticsK12: Having a few extra days to complete the application process probably won't help districts that are running into trouble completing a key requirement of the contest: getting their teachers' unions to sign onto their application.

The Brain Trainers NYT: LearningRx is one of a growing number of such commercial services — some online, others offered bypsychologists. Unlike traditional tutoring services that seek to help students master a subject, brain training purports to enhance comprehension and the ability to analyze and mentally manipulate concepts, images, sounds and instructions. In a word, it seeks to make students smarter.

Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say NYT: There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.

Ex-Public Schools CEO Gets $250,000, Benefits, Glowing Recommendation HuffingtonPostEducation: In addition to his quarter-million-dollar severance -- formerly his yearly salary -- Brizard will get full health benefits for him and his family, and perhaps most surprisingly, what the Chicago Tribune calls a "glowing letter of recommendation for future prospective employers."

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