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Louisiana serves as model in teacher assessment Washington Post
Reports show that Florida and Texas are moving toward linking test scores and teacher preparation. Maryland and Virginia officials said they are studying Louisiana's approach. Sally Clausen, Louisiana's commissioner of higher education, said officials from Minnesota and elsewhere have sought advice.

Performance pay for teachers would quadruple under bill approved by Hill Washington Post
Federal funding for performance pay in public schools would quadruple, to $400 million a year, under a bill moving through Congress that reflects the growing political momentum behind an education reform idea once considered anathema to many Democrats and labor leaders. 1111111111111111111

California's neediest high school students have the least prepared teachers, study says LA Times
The good news: A steep drop in the total number of 'underprepared' teachers. The bad: Aspiring teachers aren't being taught how to emphasize critical thinking skills and 'real world' learning.

When is it time to close a D.C. charter school? Washington Post
President Obama wants more good, independent public charter schools. He has also said he wants states and cities to close bad charter schools. Which charters in the District could we do without?

For students, a right to be mean online? LA Times
With schools meting out discipline for what they see as cyber-bullying, some courts, parents and free speech advocates are pushing back.

Student, 18, wounded in shooting at La. school AP
Police in the northwestern Louisiana city of Shreveport say a female student was shot on the grounds of a high school and a suspect was arrested.

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