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AM News: Duncan Selects 16 Race to the Top Winners

Arne Duncan Picks 16 Race to Top District Winners PoliticsK12: Sixteen winners—including three charter school organizations—will share $400 million in the Race to the Top district competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. Traditional districts such as Carson City, Nev., Guilford County, N.C., and New Haven Unified, Calif., also are sharing the prize, as are two large consortia of school districts in Kentucky and Washington state.

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Competitors Still Beat U.S. in Math, Science Tests WSJ: Students in Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Finland, among others nations, bested U.S. fourth- and eighth-grade students on the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, known as TIMSS.

Jindal calls teacher unions shameful for opposing private school vouchers Times-Picayune: Strongly defending his school choice initiative, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the teacher union's challenge of vouchers for private schools is "shameful." There is "one entity that is working hard every day, Jindal said, "to make sure that you do not ever get the opportunity to get your child out of that failing school and into a different school. That entity is the teachers union."

Giving teachers more power helps in turnaround of Boston schools HechingerEd: Six low-performing Boston schools participating in a pilot program that gives teachers more training, support, and leadership roles are showing higher growth on state tests than other low-performing city schools according to a report released Monday by the non-profit Teach Plus.

Newark, Neptune school districts lose in race to the top education competition Star-Ledger: The finalists’ applications were ranked on a 210 point scale. Newark earned 180 points while Neptune received 189.33 points, missing by 16 points and 6.67 points, respectively. Many applicants detailed plans to close the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students by personalizing learning.

Teachers union to fight school closings with video, coloring book ChicagoSun-Times: Gearing up for a contentious round of school closings, the Chicago Teachers Union is rallying with satire and a coloring book. A five-minute video of a scary bedtime story, “Stand Up to the Fat Cats,” was released Monday accusing “The Rahminator” and cronies such as “Rowdy Rauner” and “Penny Pincher” of privatizing public education.

 

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The money that is producing the Chicago coloring book and attack video was ultimately taken from Illinois taxpayers and allocated by the legislature for the purpose of educating children; a portion of it was diverted into the teachers' union's account. Question: how are students better educated through this diversion of resources?

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