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AM News: Districts Criticize Duncan Waivers

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#nclbwaivers  Districts Not Fans of Duncan's NCLB Waiver Ideas EdWeek:  The letter also says that the conditional waivers are likely to come with mandates and it will be difficult for cash-strapped states to comply. 

 Colorado Takes To Computer Testing To Prevent Cheating Denver Post:  In light of cheating scandals across the country -- and higher stakes associated with the implementation of Senate Bill 191, which ties teacher evaluations to student test performance -- Colorado is considering changes.

Teachers Feeling 'Beat Down' as School Year Starts NPR: They're facing layoffs and deep budget cuts and many say they're tired of being blamed unfairly for just about everything that's wrong in public education. 

High Turnover in Baltimore Baltimore Sun: Since Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso took the helm four years ago, only about one-quarter of the system's principals have remained in their posts.

NYC Schools Fight for Life PBS: As some New York City high schools dubbed "dropout factories" face closure, they are still fighting to increase the number of graduates.

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Philly Plans Curfews to Stem Teen Violence NPR: Earlier this week, Philadelphia officials announced their plan to fight mob violence, which has escalated in recent months.

Principal found dead at Tenn. School; student held AP: A school principal described as very caring and attentive to her students was killed Wednesday in an apparent homicide at a private school and a 17-year-old student was taken into custody, police said.

Idaho considers online education rules EdWeek: The Idaho Board of Education is holding seven hearings set across the state on a proposal to require high school students to take two online courses to graduate.

State Schools Chief Plots Overhaul of California Education EdWeek: California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday rolled out a plan for overhauling the state's public school system, ranked among the nation's lowest in academic achievement.

N.Y. Archdiocese Criticizes Sex-Ed Mandate The New York Times: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York called a new city requirement that sex education be taught at all public middle and high schools “troubling” on Wednesday, and some Catholic officials said they would advise Catholic parents not to let their children participate.

 

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