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AM News: GOP Majority Leader Could Gain Steam on Education Issues

With GOP Advocate, Ed. Issues Could Gain Steam in Congress EdWeek: Education issues—which haven't gotten a lot of attention from Congress over the past four years—may have picked up an unlikely but powerful advocate: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. As the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the Virginia Republican has a major role in setting the agenda for the chamber. Mr. Cantor has spent the past couple of months visiting schools in education redesign hot spots, including a Roman Catholic school in New Orleans that's recently benefited from a voucher program and a charter school in Denver.

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U.S. Senate Set to Consider School Safety Bill PoliticsK12: The legislation would authorize grants for states and local governments that want to upgrade their security infrastructure by doing things like buying lights, fences, new classroom locks, and new doors, as well as surveillance equipment. Schools could also use the money to train teachers and administrators on security, and to work with local law enforcement officials. Districts could also use the funds to set up hotlines or tiplines for "the reporting of potentially dangerous students and situations."

First three Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal defendants surrender AtlantaJournal:  The first three of the 35 educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal turned themselves in to authorities early Tuesday. Tameka Goodson, a school improvement specialist at Kennedy Middle School, turned herself in around 12:30 a.m. and was booked into the Fulton County Jail on $200,000 bond, according to jail records. Goodson is charged with racketeering and false statements and writings. The indictment, handed up by a grand jury Friday, accuses Goodson of working with her school’s principal and secretary to change students’ wrong answers to right answers on standardized tests.

Gang member at 12, student turns his life around SeattleTimes: The first time Brayan ever held a gun, he pointed it at a woman stepping out of a gray Lexus in Everett and stole her purse — his initiation into an older cousin’s gang. He was 12 years old at the time. “I was losing control of my life,” said Brayan, now 17 and a 4.0 student at Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds. As part of his senior project, Brayan recently screened for other students a documentary titled “Minor Differences,” which tracks the lives of five former juvenile inmates over 18 years, and organized discussions with two of the men afterward.

Nao The Robot Teacher Becomes Newest Edition To Kansas School's Teaching Staff HuffPostEdu: The Career and Technical Education Academy in Hutchinson, Kan., has hired a new teacher who may fit in perfectly at an institution with such a technological name. The Hutchinson News reports Nao, a robot teacher, has arrived mid-year at the high school but is already making a big impact. Nao was developed by the French startup company Aldebaran Robotics, which describes the robot as an autonomous and programmable humanoid. Aldebaran says Nao offers students interactive lessons; for example, rather than calculating the velocity of a hypothetical curve ball themselves, students can use Nao's help to apply the mathematical formula in a computer program.

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