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Schools run short on snow days, adjust schedules AP: Students will make up at least three days in Philadelphia and New Haven, Conn., and two in Washington, D.C. Delaware schools have missed a week’s worth of class, and more than half of Maryland’s school districts reached or exceeded their allotted snow days. Boston is extending its school year by nearly a week. via ChalkbeatNY

Philly schools consider universal enrollment model AP: When it's time to enroll in school in Philadelphia, students face a bewildering array of choices: Neighborhood public school? Cyber school? Charter? Private or religious school? What about a specialty district school focused on science? Performing arts? International affairs?...

De Blasio Tests Political Might in Pre-K Push NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio is now seeking to revive the populist zeal of his mayoral bid for a new campaign: persuading state lawmakers to back a tax increase to pay for prekindergarten.

Montgomery County, teachers reach tentative deal including raises, higher health premiums WP: The Montgomery County Board of Education and the union representing the county’s 12,000 teachers have reached a tentative deal on a contract granting raises totaling about 5.5 percent over three years, school officials announced Saturday. Read full artic

Common Core and Medicaid Expansion: Comparing Big Decisions by States EdWeek: Does the widespread rebuke by states of the Medicaid expansion show that states are not so easily coerced by the federal government--and its money--after all?

More news below and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso.

Committee releases CPS school repurposing plan WBEZ: There are 43 empty school buildings because of last year’s sweeping round of closures. The report didn’t come up with a plan for each school. Instead it set parameters for the district to repurpose the buildings.

Tennessee Weighs The Cost Of A Free College Education NPR: Tennessee's governor has proposed to pay community college tuition for anyone who needs it. The plan is intended to help boost higher education completion rates for the state, which ranks near the bottom nationwide.

Is It Still Lunch at 10 a.m.? City Schools Serve Meals at Odd Hours WNYC: The data review, conducted by WNYC and the Daily News, revealed that more than 650 public schools throughout the city are serving lunch before 11 a.m.

New York Students Are Incredibly Stressed Out About Standardized Testing, Survey Says HuffPost: The survey shows that 78 percent of students in grades 1–12 who receive additional educational support as a result of a disability, past test performance or other factors are more stressed out this year than other years. In addition, 75 percent of students who do not receive additional educational support are also more stressed out.  Despite this, the PTA said it still supports the Common Core Standards.

Cuomo names Common Core panel as rollout remains under fire ChalkbeatNY: Cuomo announced in his budget address in January that he would convene the panel, after remaining silent for months amid growing concerns about the state’s rollout of the new standards. Parents and educators from across the state have said schools did not get enough time or support to adjust to the standards before being held accountable for having students meet them.

Is Minnesota the Gold Standard for NCLB Waiver Implementation? PK12: A new batch of No Child Left Behind Act waiver monitoring reports shows that Oregon and Arkansas are among the many states that continue to stumble as they try to turn around their lowest-performing schools. However, if the U.S. Department of Education were giving waiver implementation grades, it seems that so far, Minnesota has gotten the only "A."

District Leaders Urged to Rethink Community Engagement Strategies EdWeeK: Before school district leaders can effectively engage a community they must understand its racial and economic complexities, former Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent Howard Fuller says.

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The Common Core has gotten off to a very poor start in New York largely because of ruling class management like that of Secretary Duncan, Mayor Bloomberg, former Superintendent Klein, and other non-educators who assumed that for-profit business administration techniques, such as those that assume test scores are the educational equivalent of profit-and-loss statements, would work well in the non-profit sector, and are learning to their chagrin that the public administration of education is different, and largely resistant to their techniques. In addition, if these non-educators knew anything of value about educational assessment, they might know that there are alternatives available for assessing standards achievement other than that of the external public exam. In spite of the good intentions and efforts of these people, education reform in New York has earned a bad name for itself, and its stink is spreading to the rest of the country.

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