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Eva Moskowitz Delays a Run for Mayor WSJ: "Right now, I can contribute more on the schooling side," she said. "That doesn't mean I plan to be absent in any way about the public debate about the issue." via GothamSchools. News2

Kasich signs legislation for schools, work force ColumbusDispatch: Gov. John Kasich signed wide-ranging education and work-force development legislation yesterday that will implement a third-grade reading guarantee, a tougher evaluation system for schools starting next year and a requirement that schools provide tutoring and other intervention to struggling readers. 

U.S. secretary of education shoots hoops at Vashon St. Louis Today: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asked students about school violence and shot a few baskets in the gym at Vashon High School during a visit to St. Louis this afternoon.

How Bloomberg's City Council 'Dance Macabre' Saved Children's Services HuffPostEdu: This coalition of advocates came together in March, after Bloomberg proposed cutting $70 million from after-school and early child care programs. 

NJ Lawmakers Pass Teacher Tenure Bill  AssociatedPress: A bill to make teacher tenure harder to get and easier to lose was sent to Gov. Christie's desk on Monday after both chambers of the Legislature approved it unanimously.

1.9 Billion Bond Issue Plan Would Rebuild Houston's Schools EducationNews: Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier plans to seek voter approval for a $1.9 billion bond issue that would see most of Houston’s antiquated school being rebuilt or renovated. His proposal would phase in a tax rate increase of 7 cents.

40% of 11 Year Olds Don't Read for Fun EducationNews: A study by the publisher Pearson has found that concern in schools about children’s reading ability and desire is widespread.

To Change Behavior, Students Act as Teachers WNYC:  Teachers often wish students could spend a day in their shoes, especially the more difficult students. Beth Fertig reports on two teachers who got their wish when they experimented with a program to improve classroom behavior.

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I think a study claiming 11-year-olds don’t read is misguided. There is no form of entertainment, other than television, that is reading-free. Video games often require a lot of reading. Perhaps books are on their way out... so grab young students’ attention by making imagination and reading integral to other mediums.

Also, that article about the school that let students teach was fascinating. I think it should be done in all schools for one day... students can only understand if they experience.

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