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News imageEducation Colleges Cry Foul on Ratings WSJ: A nonprofit advocacy group is pushing colleges of education to participate in an effort to rate their teacher-preparation programs, but many of the schools are balking, arguing the project is flawed.

Donors to Romney super PAC have ties to for-profit colleges USAT: The donations come as the industry grapples with unprecedented federal scrutiny from Washington.

Large federal grants yielding mostly small changes in struggling Washington schools Seattle Times: Eighteen low-performing Washington state schools that have received more than $40 million in School Improvement Grant money have mostly used the money for incremental changes, according to a new study.

Ten Arrested As Oakland School Board Meeting Erupts Into Chaos AP via HuffPost: Oakland's school board is planning to resume a meeting cut short by a raucous sit-in opposing the district's plan to close five schools.

L.A. schools to notify parents when teachers are removed Los Angeles Times: They'll be told within 72 hours if an instructor is pulled because of sexual-misconduct allegations.Parents will be notified within 72 hours when a teacher is removed from a classroom because of sexual-misconduct allegations, Los Angeles school officials announced Thursday.

In Bullying Programs, A Call For Bystanders To Act NPR: A growing number of anti-bullying programs have emerged in recent years, and the focus of many has shifted from stopping bullies to encouraging bystanders to act. But in an industry where anyone can peddle virtually any kind of program, initiatives vary in their quality and effectiveness.

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Charter Spending Squeezing Education Budget NYT: New York City's Education Department will spend $51 million to open 26 new charter schools next year, according to a report released on Thursday by the Independent Budget Office.

Gray proposes extra funding for D.C. charters Washington Post: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who was hammered by public charter school leaders for not steering any of the $21 million in supplemental funding he requested for DCPS in December their way, has evidently gotten the message.

SRC votes to close 8 schools, keep 2 open Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to close eight public schools - but it spared two high-performing schools whose communities have rallied for months to save them.

Harkin Bill Would Provide Billions to Hire Teachers, Fix Up Schools Politics K12: Harkin is offering a countermeasure that would spend more money on things like education and workforce training, and eliminate some corporate tax breaks.

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