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AM News: Duncan Rescinds Monday's Comments About Teachers Losing Jobs

Education secretary says comments about teachers losing jobs inaccurate Reuters: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Monday he had made inaccurate comments about teachers losing their jobs due to mandatory budget cuts and that he had been trying to point out the dire effects spending reductions would have on schools. The $85 billion in across-the-board budget reductions, known as sequestration, started on Friday. "Language matters. I need to be very, very clear and I should have been clearer," Duncan told reporters.

AMNewsIs Sequestration the New Normal for Federal K-12 Aid? PoliticsK12: So now that the sequester has happened, is Congress doing anything to reverse the cuts? So far, it's not looking great. First off, on Monday Republicans on the committee that controls spending legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives released their version of a giant spending bill to keep the U.S. government—including the U.S. Department of Education—in business for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.

Texas schools could see end of controversial tutoring mandate DallasNews: Texas school districts might no longer have to spend millions of dollars on tutoring programs that have spawned a cottage industry but shown few signs of helping needy students. For Dallas ISD and other districts, it’s one of the least-popular parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law: Poor students in low-performing schools can get free tutoring from private companies. Families choose a company from a state-approved list. School districts then pay the companies, which set their own rates and charge anywhere from $17 to $120 an hour.

NYC Defends Gifted Policy WSJ: Disproportionately low enrollment of black and Hispanic students in New York City's public gifted-and-talented programs "is what it is," schools Chancellor Dennis Walcottsaid Monday, adding that the Department of Education has no plans to radically change admissions policies. "It's unfair to [black and Hispanic students] if they just need to be put in a program to satisfy some type of percentage," Mr. Walcott said at an unrelated event at a Manhattan elementary school.

Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education' NPR: The cost of college can range from $60,000 for a state university to four times as much at some private colleges. The total student debt in the U.S. now tops credit card debt. So a lot of people are asking: Is college really worth it? There are several famous and staggeringly successful college dropouts, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison. You may not end up with fat wallets like them, but Dale Stephens says you can find a different education path.

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