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News: Possible Compromise In Central Falls

Rhode Island school nears compromise on mass teacher firings Nick Anderson WP:  The instructors have offered support for a longer school day, as well as more rigorous evaluations and training, among other steps.6a00e54f8c25c988340120a7f7436e970b-200wi

Teacher firings ripple past Central Falls’ border Boston Globe:  Boarded-up tenements are common, the main park is marred by X-rated and other offensive graffiti, and many of the narrow, crowded streets in the state’s smallest and poorest city are riddled with potholes. 

Union Victory in L.A. Schools Showdown Ups Ante LA Times EdWeek:  After edging out charter operators in a high-profile contest to manage 30 schools, the teachers’ union is now under pressure to deliver.

Duncan Covers Familiar Territory in ESEA hearing Politics K12:  Not only were there no new specifics, there were very few new phrases from the secretary.

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House approves bill to limit physical restraint of students Nick Anderson WP:   The House approved a bill Wednesday to limit the physical restraint and seclusion of students in schools, a response to an investigation last year that found numerous reports of students abused or killed through such disciplinary measures.

Teachers Feel Ignored In Education Debate NPR:  The survey "Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools" asked some 40,000 U.S. public school teachers for their opinions on testing, merit pay and other issues. The results show many teachers feel ignored in the debate over how to improve America's schools.

3 LA teachers removed over choice of black heroes Cristina Hoag AP:  Three Los Angeles elementary school teachers accused of giving children portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month parade have been removed from their classrooms, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

High School Cancels DMX's Church Fundraiser TMZ:  DMX's upcoming "gospel rap extravaganza" at an Arizona high school was just canceled three days before it was set to go off ... and it's all because the school just realized the arrest plagued rapper was involved.

First lady tours Miss. schools to tout health Shelia Byrd, Associated Press:  First lady Michelle Obama visited Jackson, Miss. Wednesday and watched children play on swings and a jungle gym at a school whose programs have been lauded for fighting obesity by keeping kids active.

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