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AM News: Duncan Allows Montana "Do-Over"

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Ed. Dept. Allows Montana to Rewrite Its NCLB History EdWeek: This NCLB do-over, announced today by Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, means 155 schools will make AYP when they shouldn't have. 

State school systems find plenty of uses for leftover cash Stateline: The spring brought headlines of historic cuts to education, but a few states are finding unexpected money that could soften the blow.

Urban Cities Group Backs Education School Review EdWeek: Though CGCS believes the review is being conducted transparently, Casserly writes, "we are concerned that your data-collection process may make it difficult to get a complete picture of the field."

 

California students show moderate gains in English and math LAT: Overall, 54% of students scored at the 'proficient' level or higher in English-language arts and 50% scored proficient or better in math, the highest scores since testing began in 2003.

Phila. District says 13 schools need deeper study on cheating Philadelphia Inquirer:  The state had earlier directed Philadelphia to offer explanations for 28 schools it had flagged.

L.A. teachers test a pilot evaluation program LA Times: This is what one of Los Angeles Unified's most ambitious reform efforts looks like: about 30 people gathered in a Gardena school auditorium, watching a video of a teacher trying to get her young students to understand a John Updike poem.

Judge Denies Request to Block Ind. Vouchers EdWeek: A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, allowing the law to remain in effect while a group of teachers and religious leaders challenges it.

N.J. Superintendants Call State Agency Ineffective The New York Times: Nearly three-quarters of New Jersey school superintendents said the state Education Department did not play an important role in helping districts raise students’ achievement or prepare graduates for college and careers.

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Report Places Phila. and LA at Head of Charter Movement Philadelphia Inquirer: A recent report from a Washington think tank said Philadelphia and Los Angeles were in the forefront.

Alaska Plane Crash Hits Schools Hard The Associated Press: The start of the school year in several communities is on hold after a small plane carrying all three teachers for a tiny village crashed in the wilderness.

Ky. schools revamping wide range of courses The Lexington Herald-Leader: Educators say the 2011-2012 school year will be one of transition for Kentucky's 1,221 public schools, which are opening this month amid a flurry of changes that mark the most significant reforms in more than 20 years.

Emmanuel Secures $5 million for CPS principals' merit pay Chicago Tribune:  Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made principal recruitment, training and evaluation a centerpiece of his overhaul of Chicago Public Schools.

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad for Kids? NPR: Children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.

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