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AM News: What Next For Unions, Districts, Democrats After Vergara?

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The fall of teachers unions Politico: But union leaders can’t spend all their time promoting [popular initiatives like arts classes]: They must also represent their members. 

With California tenure ruling, a Democratic divide Washington Post: When a California judge struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers this week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) both applauded, revealing fissures in the once-solid alliance between labor unions and the Democratic Party.

Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Education? NPR: A California judge ruled that the state's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students. Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk explains.

But is Arne Duncan Going To Do Anything About Tenure Reform? Daily Caller: Almost immediately, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan cheered the ruling, saying it offered “a mandate” to build “a new framework for the teaching profession.”

Los Angeles Judge's decision to toss teacher tenure shows strength of union adversaries KPCC: “It’s really up now to the state legislature to say: what can we do better to serve our kids and to serve our teachers," said USC education researcher Katharine Strunk. "And I think the union has a very strong - should have a very strong - role to play in that discussion, as should other groups that represent parents, taxpayers, and other stakeholder groups.”

After Vergara, activists expect court battles over teacher tenure across the U.S. Hechinger Report: California teachers unions are confident they will win on appeal, which could take as long as two years. 

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

House Delays Vote on Easing School Meal Standards NYT: The rules are a large component of Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce the number of overweight children through exercise and better nutrition.

Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years NPR: The researchers followed over 180 13-year-olds for a decade, interviewing the teens themselves, as well as their parents and friends. By age 22, the cool group had a 45 percent higher rate of problems related to alcohol and substance use (such as missing work and driving drunk) than their less-cool peers, according to the study, which appears in the journal Child Development. The popular crowd was also more likely to have engaged in criminal activity.

D.C. releases new boundaries proposal with emphasis on neighborhood schools Washington Post: D.C. officials on Thursday put forth a new proposal for public school boundaries that would maintain a system of neighborhood schools while providing a pathway for children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to gain access to schools outside their immediate communities.

Common Core Sparks Flood of Legislation Stateline: About a dozen states have dropped out of the testing groups or delayed implementation of tests for at least a year. The states that have dropped out include Alabama, Arizona (which withdrew to request proposals to solicit bids for the new standards but will continue to participate in the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. These states will delay implementation for at least a year: Iowa, North Carolina and Wyoming

Obama to Unveil Efforts to Bolster Education, Economy in Indian Country Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama on Friday will announce new efforts aimed at strengthening education and economic development in Indian country when he visits the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan criticizes South Carolina Charleston Post Courier: "When we dumb down standards ... it's terrible for students," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Historically South Carolina has set a low bar. That's not something anyone should be proud of." 

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Re: the Common Core in South Carolina: Secretary Duncan and Charleston Superintendent McGinley are right when they say that the Common Core State Standards should not have been politicized as they have been the Palmetto state, whose children conservatives will now keep in the backward state they have long been in; but the secretary deserves much of the blame for this backlash. If he had left the issue of standards alone at the time of Race to the Top, or, more crucially, if he had not pursued the strategy of tying teacher appraisals to pupil test scores as a condition for NCLB waivers, and had not appeared to be in league with the ever more costly for-profit computer and testing lobbies in requiring expensive online testing of the achievement of those standards by states that could little afford the needed capital investment and were rankled by the national exposure of their fiscal insufficiency, this backlash against the Common Core, which may be regarded here as a relatively innocent victim in a classic federal-states rights showdown, would not be occurring, and the millions of children in some of our least educated states that are the main ones pulling out of what was initially a state-led effort would not appear to be doomed to reproduce the ignorance of their elders who are now leading the reaction.

Hope there will be better policy in education sector especially for international students. The trend for Indonesian students go to states for studying is now increase, but reading this will influence their decision later as UK in now getting better in incentive for international students. But still I personally prefer states as the study destination.

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