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AM News: More States Prepare For Lower Test Score Results

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Get ready for 'disappointment,' political spin with new school-test results Minn Post:  Depending on who is doing the talking, the tests are either the beginning of a new, more rational era, the beginning of the end or Waterloo for fed-up teachers.

NC schools chief June Atkinson says test scores will drop this year NewsObserver: Last week, the state Department of Public Instruction announced that the four-year graduation rate reached a record high 82.5 percent this year. But expect more sobering news this fall, Atkinson said, when DPI releases the results of English/language arts and math tests based on new Common Core standards. via GS.

Parents Losing Jobs a Hidden Cost to Head Start Cuts Bloomberg:  A U.S. preschool program for low-income families allowed single mother Kelly Burford to take a $7.25-an-hour job as a department store clerk in Maryland. Her son, Bradyn, 2, spent the day with friends listening to stories, singing and drawing pictures -- at no cost to Burford. via Politico.

Obama administration presses forward on early education Politico: President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway.

Philadelphia Schools Should Remain Closed Until Fully Funded, Some Parents Say HuffPost: Philadelphia's Superintendent William Hite said Thursday if he doesn't get an additional $50 million by Aug. 16, the city's beleaguered 218 public schools will be unable to open their doors on schedule on Sept. 9.

Lavish perks. Little oversight Asbury Park Press: While Wall students lagged behind their statewide peers, prosecutors say schools chief James F. Habel stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement pay.

M. Night Shyamalan Takes on Education Reform WSJ: Best known for producing films such as "The Sixth Sense" and "The Village," Mr. Shyamalan is about to come out with a book called "I Got Schooled" on the unlikely subject of education reform.

Ala. School District Cancels Bus Service, Igniting Controversy NPR: The decision by a suburban Birmingham school district to eliminate its busing program has erupted into a controversy over race and class. Officials in the Hoover school district say they were forced to drop the buses because of a severe budget shortfall. 

Chinese students coming to US middle schools? It's starting to happen CSM: In the 2010-11 school year alone, nearly 24,000 high school-age Chinese were studying in the US, more than 15 percent of the total number of Chinese students in the US overall, up from virtually none five years ago. US middle schools hosted 6,725 Chinese middle schoolers in 2011, up from just 65 in 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security. via GS.

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The phenomenon of the Chinese coming to America is basically positive, and illustrates the rising mobility of students around the world. This point was driven home forcefully to me a couple of years ago, when I read Maya Frost's "The New Global Student". That book shows the advantages of studying abroad in one's later teen years, which might be facilitated by an international schools network of the sort currently being set up by The Avenues World School and other private schools. But having such an expanding market dominated by for-profit ventures is generally harmful. That's why I support and have been working towards developing a non-profit international school network that could be more inclusive (like the United World Colleges, but even more so) in drawing young people together from different parts of the globe in order to make a better world; and am also developing a global baccalaureate certificate that can facilitate admissions to tertiary education throughout the planet.

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