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AM News: Common Core Movement Rolling On, Despite Setbacks

Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States EdWeek: So far there is little sign and not a great deal of precedent that the states backing away from the common core, or considering doing so, will ultimately produce anything that is truly different from those standards.

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom NPR: The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.

Huge confusion in Mississippi over Common Core Hechinger: Under the Common Core standards, students are learning more challenging content earlier. For example, Mississippi’s kindergarteners were expected to count to 20 under the old standards. Under Common Core, they must count to 100.

The biggest benefit of pre-K might not be education Vox: One of the most common arguments in favor of universal pre-K is the argument that it will actually save money: $7 for every $1 invested, according to President Obama's proposal for expanding pre-K access. Some studies have found an even higher return — as high as $16 to $1 — on investment from sending 4-year-olds to school.

A Shattered School in Gaza New Yorker: Tuesday night, thirty-three hundred people were crowded into the Jabaliya Primary School for Girls, in Gaza, when, according to the United Nations, the school was hit three times by explosions.

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Lawsuit Claims D.C. Underfunded Charter Schools To The Tune Of $770 Million WAMU: A charter school advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt alleging that the city's government funds the two public school systems unequally.

Montgomery County Officials Struggle With Scope Of Unaccompanied Children Crisis WAMU: Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have made their way to Maryland, but the county is still struggling to determine the scope of the response needed, because precise numbers have proved elusive.

 On education, candidates for Illinois governor closer than they think WBEZ: The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority: education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether.

Program helps students chart their future EdSource Today: A summer program helps San Francisco high school students get back on track academically – and gives them an introduction to higher education and jobs. “What I took from this program is confidence,” one student said. “If you really want something, there should be no reason you can’t go out and get it.”

Back-to-school sticker shock Marketplace Learning Curve: Huntington Bank is out with its annual "backpack index," which tracks the cost of school supplies. The bad news: elementary school kids will need $642 in extras this year, middle-school kids will spend an additional $918, and high school students will get hit up for an additional $1,284.


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Re: the Ed Week article on Common Core persistence: Mr. McCluskey of the Cato Institute is right to criticize the waivers to No Child Left Behind, since the executive branch's constitutional duty is to see that laws be duly enforced, not waived and replaced by administration preferences (President Obama is now to be sued over this very issue). He's also right in suggesting that the Common Core is being criticized for the general lowness of the standards, which is certainly true of its mathematics, which, even if perfectly implemented, will leave American students three years behind their Chinese peers and two years behind everyone else in east Asia, and also behind the university-bound in Europe. And Professor Stotsky, another critic, is right to call for specifying what would be above the "floor" that the Common Core should represent, which in One World School's secondary college will mean, as in the International Baccalaureate, at least some calculus for everyone, so that American (and international) students will know what studying all of that algebra and geometry was actually supposed to be about.

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