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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Cuts, criticism, turnarounds, school gardens:

California schools chief reacts to U.S. criticism on teacher evaluation LA Times
California's top education official sought Tuesday to counter federal criticism of the state's reluctance to use student test scores to evaluate teachers, paying a visit to Long Beach to highlight one of the few California school districts to make extensive use of such data.

Vote on city teacher layoffs tabled
During a debate that grew heated at times, City School District Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard said at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting that teachers could avoid layoffs entirely if the teachers union would forgo pay raises next year
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How three troubled Metro schools got back on track Tennessean
As Metro Schools celebrates meeting standards after five years of missing them, principals and others are reviewing what went right in the three high schools — Maplewood, Hunters Lane and Hillwood — that allowed them to come off a state watch list after two consecutive successful years.

A new crop of school gardens LA Times
Even as state funding wilts, support for school gardens is growing.

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