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News: Mixed Senate Response To Obama NCLB Plan

Plan to rework 'No Child' prompts concerns for rural areas Nick Anderson Washington Post:  Senate Republicans raised questions Wednesday about whether President Obama's plan to turn around struggling schools would fly in rural America.6a00e54f8c25c988340120a7f7436e970b-200wi

Lawmakers Say Needs of Rural Schools Are Overlooked Sam Dillon NYT:  Federal education rules favor big-city school districts over rural systems, some lawmakers complain.

ESEA Plan Draws Bipartisan Praise—and Questions EdWeek:  Congressional panels see much to like, while flagging concerns about turnarounds, competitive grants, and rural schools.

Detroit Plan Would Close 45 Schools Susan Saulny NYT:  The move is the latest effort aimed at rescuing an academically failing district in the midst of a financial crisis.

Girl critically injured in beating at Fla. school AP:  Authorities say a 15-year-old girl was savagely beaten by a teenage boy while waiting for her bus outside a Florida middle school. 

Obama Administration Looks to Overhaul No Child Left Behind PBS NewsHour:  The Obama administration rolls out its plan to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act this week, aiming to give schools more flexibility in how they evaluate students.

Is a College Education Essential for Americans? PBS NewsHour:  A series of debates sponsored by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs address whether America needs more college graduates to remain competitive on a global level, or whether the emerging job markets favor people without degrees. Paul Solman moderates.

Education Secretary: Struggling Schools Can Be Saved NPR:  Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared before Congress to discuss the administration's proposed changes to the "No Child Left Behind" law Wednesday. Part of the overhaul envisions requirements that school districts assign their most effective teachers to these struggling schools. Duncan seemed confident that these schools can be saved, and that teachers will work in them.

Historians speak out against proposed Texas textbook changes Michael Birnbaum Washington Post: Historians on Tuesday criticized proposed revisions to the Texas social studies curriculum, saying that many of the changes are historically inaccurate and that they would affect textbooks and classrooms far beyond the state's borders.

Court Says Parents Can Block ‘Sexting’ Cases NYT:  In the first federal appeals court opinion dealing with “sexting” — the transmission of sexually explicit photographs by cellphone — a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that parents could block the prosecution of their children on child pornography charges for appearing in photographs found on some classmates’ cellphones.


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