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Weekend Reading: Happy Presidents Day!

Here are the best items from magazine sites, long-form blogs, and weekend news items that you may have missed over the weekend:

Chicago Teenager Shot and Killed Hours After Her Sister Sat Behind Obama at Speech About Gun Control ow.ly/hNDjz

Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | The Awl ow.ly/hMBVf

Head start evaluations: As pre-K it's bad but as child care it's good. ow.ly/hMDyC

His "UPK" plan might not fly but these pics of him at an ATL kindergarten with the magnifying glass are hard to resist ow.ly/hN7L1

My h.s. science teacher retired after 32 years. His departure q&a is amazingly evocative: bit.ly/XQ3DYv @Atul_Gawande

Some schools use military-style "After Action Response" debriefings in the wake of violent incidentsow.ly/hMa2J

Book: Solutions elusive for New Orleans schools USA Today @gtoppo ow.ly/hNc3h

New life for Hollywood flop as education reformers push #parenttrigger in state capitals apne.ws/Vp0TAK#WontBackDown via @azagier

PLNs Are Returning Classrooms to Teachersow.ly/hNkIX Will Richardson, Lynne Schrum, Jason Flom

From Jay Mathews: More high school may be bad for this student: Is Laura Linder’s son Chris being pushed out of ... bit.ly/UwaEOt

Nothing New Under the Wingnut Sun: 'Textbook Wars' | The Nation ow.ly/hMYIr via @gtoppo

Suit against ex-LAUSD boss Ramon Cortines tossed shout.lt/glWg @ladailynews

A Hazmat crew was summoned to Seminole High School in Florida after a science student brought in a mercury thermometer. ow.ly/hMDic

Just three years into blogging, that slacker Rick Hess is taking a sabbatical ow.ly/hLwwp
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Alexander,
Here is some truly unique,powerful, and dramatic reading. Also, it reads faster and easier than a comic book.
Education Termination is a fable for our time. It tells the story of how top politicians solve our public schools crisis. Teacher-free, student-less schools become the norm. Standardized test scores soar, property taxes plunge, and the politicians get reelected! Yes, it could happen here. Read how at www.mountainmaninsights.org Click on Education Termination. Start laughing - and crying!

Alexander, feel free to call me to discuss this if you wish. Henry Kranz in Lenox, MA 413-637-4513

Alexander,
Education Termination is as extreme NEGATIVE as one can find.
What I am actually about is an extreme POSITIVE new K-12 educational program that we are going to demonstrate here in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. It's different from anything anyone is doing. We believe it will transform our public education system.

This is currently in a talking it out, visualizing it stage. Therefore, it may well be too early for you to report. However, I am greatly enthused about this vision, and will be happy to discuss it with you if you have the time and interest. Henry Kranz Tel. 413-637-4513

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