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AM News: White House Prepares States for Across-the-Board Federal Cuts

White House Estimates Impact of Across-the-Board Cuts by State PoliticsK12: School districts all around the country are bracing for an across-the-board cut in federal funds, set to go into effect on Friday, unless lawmakers and the Obama administration are able to come to some kind of agreement to head them off. The cuts would impact just about every federal program under the sun, from the U.S. Department of Education to the Pentagon and the Justice Department.

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Watchdog Gnaws On Foundation With Jeb Bush Ties EdWeek: Correspondence between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's K-12 advocacy organization and state education leaders—obtained and publicized by a privatization-watchdog group—has renewed debate over the extent to which the private sector can benefit by gaining access to government officials, and markets, through nonprofit advocacy groups.

Arne Duncan urges NYC officials and union bosses to reach deal on teacher evaluations NYPost: President Obama’s education czar personally urged New York officials and union bosses to break their stalemate and adopt a more rigorous teacher-evaluation system. “I just think it’s important for all the adults to work together,” US Education Secretary Arne Duncan said during a visit to a high school on Governors Island yesterday. “Everyone’s got to compromise. Everyone’s got to find common ground — and I really hope that’s where New York will get.”

Powell Foundation Report: High School Graduation Rate In U.S. On Pace To Reach 90 Percent By 2020 HuffPostEdu: Despite the constantly gloomy rhetoric about the state of America's schools, U.S. students are steadily improving by at least one metric -- for the first time, the nation is making enough progress in graduating from high school to reach the goal of 90 percent graduation by 2020, according to a new report to be released Monday.

Lessons from pre-k that works: Will Mississippi’s children finally move ahead? HechingerReport: Before Quitman County Elementary School in this rural Delta community started a pre-k program three years ago, only 38 percent of the school’s students were scoring at grade level on a national reading test.  Last year, nearly 60 percent of students were at or above the national average. The pre-k program, which serves about 40 children a year, is funded through a combination of private grants and federal money given to the school district.

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