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AM News: Congress Chides Duncan On Waivers, SPED Money

House GOP, Democrats Hit Arne Duncan on NCLB Waivers PK12: Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, chastised Duncan, who testified before his panel today, for what he sees as a lack of consistency when it comes to the No Child Left Behind waivers.Rep. George Miller, D-Calif, who is slated to retire after this Congress, raised a red flag about whether the waivers are hindering student equity. 

Kline Takes Arne Duncan To Task Over Special Education Funding HuffPost: Educational funding for students with disabilities became the subject of yet another heated partisan argument with no resolution at a budget hearing Tuesday, after Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) attacked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the subject. See also PK12

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers HuffPost: According to the report, a majority of America’s future teachers now come from the bottom two-thirds of their college classes –- a problem the report partially attributes to an education

Enrollment At Nation's Largest For-Profit Charter Operator Still Growing Despite Lawsuits, Regulatory Problems BuzzFeed: In their quarterly earnings call today, K12 reported that enrollment has grown yet again, swelling to 125,000 students — an increase of more than 5% since March of last year. Their revenue, which topped $235 million, actually exceeded analysts' estimates, as did their operating margins. Net income was $15.9 million.

Computer-adaptive tests in Va. may be quicker Washington Post: The traditional seventh-grade math test took about 40 minutes longer to complete for the majority of test takers statewide last spring than a new version that was tried out by a small number of students this year, education officials reported.

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 In L.A., parents tell district, ‘Do with us, not to us’ EdSource Today: Parents in Los Angeles agree the state’s new school funding law, known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), is a good thing in terms of opening the district up to greater parent engagement. The problem is no one is quite sure what the relationship is supposed to look like.

Alex Caputo-Pearl wins runoff to lead L.A. teachers union LA Times:Caputo-Pearl was a young, activist teacher when he helped lead the Bus Riders Union, co-founded a group to organize against the growing influence of standardized testing and helped start a bloc within the union to push for liberal-leaning issues.

Under Legislative Pressure, N.Y. Delays Licensing-Test Deadline TeacherBeat: New York will allow candidates more time to pass a performance-based licensing test.

Behind Focus on College Assaults, a Steady Drumbeat by Students NYT: Successful lawsuits by women, a stepped-up enforcement of civil rights and the political savvy of student groups have converged to tackle the problem on campuses.

Video: Graduating student has epic fail with backflip NBC: A graduating student at Davenport University was so excited when he got his diploma that he tried to do a backflip onstage. Instead, he hit the stage with a thud.

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The current Congress and the administration should reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and raise academic accountability by rewriting it along the lines of the UK's Education Act 2011, which focuses on reforming qualifications, a concept almost in disuse in the United States, where the idea appears to be to send as many students to college as possible, whether they are prepared or not, where too many simply rack up debt on remedial classes and then drop out, with futures of struggling to pay off those debts and not making other purchases instead, thus depressing the broader economy. By contrast, if the United States had, similar to Finland and other European countries, an American Matura at the end of secondary education, the passing of which guaranteeing admission to public universities and free funding for three-year bachelor's degrees, American students would take their upper secondary educations more seriously, and pour their energies into learning instead of promposals, a bizarre phenomenon you won't find in any other country.

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