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Weekend Reading: Praxis Cheating, More Cuts Coming

Sometimes the news that comes out over the weekend is just as important as anything that comes out during the week:

Teachers in several states hired stand-in to take ETS Praxis certification tests - U.S. Newsow.ly/fySG2 

U.S. School Districts, Eyeing Fiscal Crisis, Brace for More Cutbacks - NYTimes.com ow.ly/fyrRb

Civil Rights Investigation Triggers LAUSD Overhaul @ladnews ow.ly/1PKfTh

 Bonus time | The Economistow.ly/fyWIq A new contract for teachers is shaking up New Jersey’s largest city

 The digital divide isn't access it's "the way they're using the Internet" that's different @AmRadioWorks       ow.ly/fytGj

At Least 37 States Will Be Under Single-Party Control In 2013 - Mediaite ow.ly/fyrPY

Sunlight Foundation rates/ranks PAC spending and impactow.ly/fyt8z I don't see unions or reformers here, FWIW

Educate All Kids Like Sasha and Malia - In These Times ow.ly/fytOb @leoniehaimson


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New Jersey is well positioned to invest some of its extensive education funds into a new category of educators: teaching inspectors. For example, to help close the awful gaps in preparation for college mathematics that are apparent in districts like Newark's, subject inspectors might be hired to work with high school teachers to improve their lessons, which is an established practice in Shanghai, among other places. In this manner, good teaching can move beyond a single master teacher's classroom walls to inspire similar teaching throughout a department and into cognate departments, with the help for example of a dean of sciences; and if the subject inspector were hired and shared collectively among a cluster of high schools, advanced methods would spread through neighbouring schools, as well.

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