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AM News: Jindal Common Core Reversal Could Cost $25M

Changing from Common Core would cost $25.2 million over five years, superintendent says NOLA.com: White's disclosure came in response to a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, as the high-level head-butting over national academic standards in Louisiana moves from news conferences to a committee room, possibly on its way to the courthouse.

Proposal to Rate Leadership Programs Has Principals' Groups 'Concerned' District Dossier: The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals said they support many of the provisions included in the draft of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. 

Survey Finds Parents Conflicted About Time Dedicated to Testing Students EdWeek: Parents say assessments and test prep are stealing instructional time away from their children, according to a new survey.

Is test-prep teaching? It takes up 18 percent of school time Seattle Times: As lawmakers in Olympia prepare to grapple with court-ordered increases in school funding, it might help to have a better idea of the various tasks a teacher is expected to complete in a day.

Some schools will get laptops instead of iPads, says LAUSD AP:  In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine whether they should be used going forward.

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

A Role Model Pipeline For Young Black Men NPR: Young male African-American teacher trainees learn to "embody hope" for their students.

Video: 'A dangerous path' MSNBC: Alice Linahan, vice president of advocacy organization Women on the Wall, talks about why she thinks the Common Core education standards are not good for students. 

What makes for happier teachers, according to international survey Hechinger: Teachers who say they get included in school decision-making and collaborate often with other teachers are more likely to say that teaching is a valued profession in their society. 

Michelle Obama: 'Nothing Is Cooler Than Having a Good Education' TIME: First Lady Michelle Obama discusses her family life and the importance of education in a new interview with ESSENCE.

Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms Seattle Public Radio: The local branch of a national organization that calls itself the Badass Teachers Association was protesting the education reform efforts the Gates Foundation has generously funded, from charter schools to the new Common Core State Standards.

Gates Says Fixing Education Toughest Challenge AP: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing the United States' education system. But what he says he really wishes he could do is write a check to eliminate biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

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Regarding the ongoing controversies about the Common Core, value-added measurement, and teacher satisfaction: it's helpful to recognize priorities for change. At the top of the list should be the replacement of No Child Left Behind, a failure that is seven years overdue for rewriting. Next comes revision of the Common Core, particularly in mathematics, rather than a reaction back to the same old cheap state tests that failed to give children a competitive education in the last decade. Improvements in testing have been taking place, and America is gaining some leadership here, at least in adaptive online testing, and these advances should not be reversed. Next, the appraisal of teachers and principals on the basis of these very unstable tests was always a bad idea, and should be repealed altogether, while the blame for pushing that bad idea should be properly placed, not in Seattle but rather in Washington, D.C.'s Department of Education.

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