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States Differ in Doling Out Turnaround Funds, Study Finds Politics K12: States have gone a bunch of different directions in giving districts money through the federal School Improvement Grant program, the largest national effort yet to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools, according to a report released today by the Center for American Progress.

Condoleezza Rice: Education Could Be 'Greatest National Security Challenge' PBS: A new Council on Foreign Relations report spelled out the need for more science, history and foreign languages in U.S. schools -- and linked education to national security interests. Jeffrey Brown discusses the report with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

Voters like Conn. schools despite planned overhaul AP via Boston.com: The vast majority of voters, from the cities to rural towns, give high marks to Connecticut's public schools and teachers, even though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are currently considering a major overhaul of the system.

Kline Wants More Aid for Special Ed., Less for Obama Priorities Politics K12: U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, wants to see Congress put more money into state grants for special education. 

MORE NEWS ITEMS INSIDE

Bill Allowing Teachers, Students To Challenge Evolution Passes Tennessee Senate HuffPost: The Tennessee state Senate passed a bill Monday that protects teachers who allow student to question and criticize "controversial" scientific theories like evolution.

Pink-hair suspension overruled by Delaware school district USAT: School officials who had suspended a 12-year-old student for having pink hair reversed themselves Tuesday.

Michael Mulgrew, Teachers’ Union Chief, Is Wooed by Mayor Candidates NYT: For the people who hope to become New York’s next mayor, Michael Mulgrew, the leader of the 200,000-strong teachers’ federation, is a coveted friend.

Doubts About High-Stakes Tests and Their Effect on Teachers NYT: At a panel discussion on high-stakes testing Monday night, the chief academic officer of New York City's public schools said that principals were not alone in being concerned about the state's new teacher evaluation system. He also has qualms.

D.C. Council approves education bills Washington Post: The D.C. Council approved a package of education bills Tuesday intended to address some of the city’s most vexing issues, including students at risk of dropping out and schools with a shortage of exceptional teachers.

 

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