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AM News: Romney Might Roll Back "Prescriptive" NCLB Waivers

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Romney Ed. Adviser Casts Doubt on Future of NCLB Waivers Politics K12: The waivers are "not about flexibility. They're very prescriptive. We think they have led to a very unfortunate result: ... many of these states are setting different accountability standards for different constituencies of children," said Handy, a former chairman of the Florida State Board of Education.  ALSO: Impact of NCLB waiver on poor schools challenged The Answer Sheet

Romney Adviser Calls Head Start 'A Social Experience' Huffington Post:  He chided Head Start, the federal pre-school program, saying it has "been allowed to go on for decades ... much more as a social experience, not preparing children for school."

Seeking Aid, More Districts Change Teacher Evaluations NYT: Fueled in part by efforts to qualify for grant programs or No Child Left Behind waivers, 36 states and the District of Columbia have introduced new policies.

More States Earn As and Bs on Charter School "Scorecard" for 2012 State Watch: From 2011 to 2012, the number of states earning As and Bs from from the center actually increased. In the top category, Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan improved to A grades, joining Minnesota (the state with the nation's oldest charter school law) and D.C., while California fell from an A to a B grade in that time. D.C. comes in first, while Minnesota is second, Indiana is third (improving from eighth last year), Arizona is fourth, and Michigan is fifth.

Frustrated by 'Roadblocks,' Group Reviewing Teacher Ed. Appeals to Students TeacherBeat: Using graphics that could have been pulled right out of "Mad Men," the campaign shows a silhouette of an individual wielding a flashlight. "You have the right to know," one advertisement reads. "Help us do what your university would not."

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Attempts to micromanage teacher appraisal from the state level stem from TFA alumni who are, in waves, remaining aligned with Wendy Kopp's senior thesis by becoming lawyers and going into "education advocacy". That is, these young people genuinely want to do good in the world, and think that they can well achieve this by having a major impact on society through advocating changes to laws at the state level. But this group of new professionals is becoming a new albatross around the necks of teachers, joining members of the business class who are drawn into education and insist that their inadequate ideas be implemented. Teachers have long been unsuccessful in organizing themselves into true professional status, and are now suffering because limited-experience ex-teachers have joined established professions and are working together to reduce teacher autonomy and ruin what remains of a never very satisfactory career choice.

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