2016 election: College in the crosshairs Politico: Presidential candidates from both parties are tapping into Americans’ growing angst over paying for college, placing an unprecedented bright glare on higher education this election. For Democrats, the solution is making college cheaper, or free. Republicans want more innovation and efficiency.
Gov. Christie: Teachers' Unions Need a 'Punch in the Face' and Are 'Destructive' State EdWatch: Seeking an upper hand in a crowded GOP presidential election field, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for an upper cut to his old political foe. See also NY Post.
Jeb Bush Addresses National Urban League; Touts Black, Hispanic Test Scores PK12: Bush touted the achievement of black and Hispanic students in Florida, noting that the number of such students passing AP exams quadrupled during his time as governor. See also Politico.
Teachers summit draws thousands to sites across California EdSource: About 15,000 California teachers and principals gave up one of their summer vacation days to talk among themselves Friday about a subject that, depending on how the school day is going, can excite, inspire, frustrate or irritate: the Common Core.
How 'Assembly-Line Justice' Victimizes Kids In St. Louis County HuffPost: Hundreds of children who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system in Missouri's St. Louis County have been subjected to a process that is "rife" with "obvious" conflicts of interest, where allegations against them are "simply assumed to be true," where constitutional rights are routinely denied, and where black kids are much more likely to receive harsh punishments, and even be locked up prior to their day in court, due to nothing more than the color of their skin.
Federal report finds scant scientific evidence for effectiveness of Head Start programs Hechinger Report: The July 2015 report from the What Works Clearinghouse describes how it reviewed 90 widely different studies on Head Start.
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