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NEWS: Big Stories Of The Day

Not a ton of news, but a couple of good stories to check out re Duncan and state legislatures:

Duncan Wields $100 Billion to Make US Schools Like Chicago's Bloomberg
“The jury is still out on his tenure in Chicago,” Michael Petrilli, vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education research group in Washington, said of Duncan. “But he did put in place a lot of important reforms that there’s reason to believe are going to bear fruit over time.”

03test.480State senators to consider changing law on student scores, teacher evaluations LA Times
State Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), chairwoman of the Education Committee, said she plans to hold a hearing when the legislature reconvenes later this month to determine if any laws should be revised.

State Legislatures Wrestle With Charter Laws EdWeek
Amid pressure from the Obama administration to lift caps on schools, state lawmakers turn in a mixed record on charter schools.

School Is Out but Education Doesn’t Stop for the Obama Daughters This Summer NYT
“The television and the computers are off all day until after dinner and right before bedtime,” Mrs. Obama said during a June visit to San Francisco as she described her daughters’ summer routine. “Bedtime is early.”



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