Some softening in Washington on school testing - but California still not "in compliance" KPCC: In a 19-page letter to states Tuesday, the Department of Education said schools that administer the new test could ask for a waiver that would relieve them of having to report the results - because the tests are still in the testing phase themselves.
House Republicans Step Into School Vouchers Fight Between DOJ, Louisiana Huffington Post: On Tuesday, a group of high-ranking GOP legislators wrote Attorney General Eric Holder to argue that theDepartment of Justice lawsuit over the vouchers will force Louisiana students to "remain in failing schools."
LAUSD approves $113M budget to train teachers for Common Core standards LA Daily News: After debating nearly two hours and voting down a proposed compromise, the Los Angeles Unified board on Tuesday approved a plan for spending $113 million to implement a new curriculum - the same budget that triggered the resignation of the district's instructional chief when it was rejected last week.
Sternberg to exit education department for Walton Foundation GothamSchools: Marc Sternberg, the Department of Education official who has spearheaded controversial school closures and co-locations since 2010, is leaving the city to oversee education philanthropy at the Walton Family Foundation.
Whitney Tilson Blasts Education Company K12 BuzzFeed: The education activist and hedge fund manager is taking a major stand against the online education and tech company by publicly shorting its stock, calling K12’s practices and academic results “dismal.” And K12’s model undermines the charter school movement in which he is deeply entrenched.
Chicago Teachers See Value in New Evaluations, But Eschew Test Scores TeacherBeat: New teachers in Chicago face higher expectations under a teacher-evaluation system rolled out last school year. And while teachers appear to find feedback generated by the system helpful, they remain deeply wary of its emphasis on student achievement. That's the takeaway from two new data dumps on teacher evaluations in Chicago, both released this morning in the Windy City.