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AM News: School Closures Rise, Angering Communities

Should this school be saved? Reuters: Such policies have prompted waves of school closings in cities including Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Across the nation, nearly 2,000 public schools were shuttered in 2010-11, federal data show. That's up 60 percent from 10 years earlier.

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The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar NYT: The investigation into a possible violation of civil rights law is just beginning. The city could be required to revise the admissions policies and could potentially be threatened with the loss of federal education funds if it refuses. 

New Investing in Innovation Grant Winners Focus on Faculty, Validation MarketplaceK12: In 2012 more money went toward building effective teachers and principals than any of the six priorities ED lays out for i3 grants (this year, the department added a priority, "Parent and Family"). 

Suspended in School: Punished But Still Learning EdWeek: School-based discipline options like this one are being tried in schools nationwide as a substitute for punishments that force students out of school, which have been shown to disproportionately affect black, Latino, and male students and those with disabilities.

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning NPR: Stigler is not the first psychologist to notice the difference in how East and West approach the experience of intellectual struggle."I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart," Stigler says. "It's a sign of low ability — people who are smart don't struggle, they just naturally get it, that's our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity."

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What a joke the NY Times is suggesting the test is "discredited". Where is the evidence of that? People just won't accept meritocracy.

Gottfredson, L. S. (2005). Implications of cognitive differences for schooling within diverse societies. Pages 517-554 in C. L. Frisby & C. R. Reynolds (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology. New York: Wiley.

http://www.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/reprints/2005cognitivediversity.pdf

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