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Two Suitors Bid to Transform 'Parent-Trigger' School EdWeek: At the end of a process that drew just four applicants, two relatively small California organizations are each making a case that they be allowed to help lead one of the most publicized school turnaround efforts in the nation's history: the proposed transformation of Desert Trails Elementary School.

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Common Core Catches On With Private Schools EdWeek: With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition.

Fact-checking the presidential debate: Education ChicagoTribune: Obama also said that his education reforms were "starting to show gains." Such gains would be difficult to demonstrate. There are rising test scores in many states, but it's difficult to link these to federal programs. The president has indeed favored aggressive reforms in education, but most of them are still in process as far as results.

Romney Says Mass. Tops Nation in Education, But Is He Right? StateEdWatch: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, during the Oct. 3 presidential debate, proudly declared that Massachusetts has the number one education system of any state. Was the former Bay State governor correct?

Loopholes Seen at Schools in Obama Get-Tough Policy NYT: With an agenda that Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a “quiet revolution,” the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation’s public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests.

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