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AM News: Less than Half of 12th Graders 'Proficient' in Economics, According to National Assessment

National Assessment Of Educational Progress In Economics Finds Less Than Half Of 12th Graders 'Proficient' HuffPost: Fewer than half of high school seniors are proficient in economics, according to the results of the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam released Wednesday. This statistic is causing alarm among educators and advocates, especially in an era marked by economic crisis.


At Chicago school closing hearings, crowds fade ChicagoTribune: After months of jampacked hearings over Chicago's decision to shut down scores of schools, the final round of public meetings — the ones mandated by state law — has often been sparsely attended and overcast by an air of futility. Community leaders say some people are simply burned out, while others feel their efforts are pointless after Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration decided to shut down 54 schools after months of protest and public engagement. 

Fixing the 'Opportunity Gap' to Close the Achievement Gap PoliticsK12: Thirty years after the release of the seminal A Nation at Risk report ushered in an era of academic standards and standardized tests to measure how students were mastering those, "Closing the Opportunity Gap," argues that until federal and state governments, as well as local school districts, devote as much time and attention to making investments in broad access to quality preschool, health care, good teachers, and rich curricula as they have to driving up test scores and graduation rates, the academic gaps between upper and middle-class kids and their low-income peers will never disappear.

Bill Would Ensure Free Breakfast for Texas' Poorest Students TexasTribune: The Texas Education Agency estimates that 89 percent of the students in the school's district are from low-income households. But every morning, all of the school’s 927 students can count on a federally subsidized breakfast. Offering free breakfasts to all interested students in low-income areas, not just to those who qualify under federal guidelines, is a program that some state legislators are trying to expand to schools in poor neighborhoods across Texas.

Mexican Teacher Protests Turn Up Heat on President NYT: One of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature efforts to shake up the country — a broad plan to overhaul the education system — has run into violent protests that underscore how difficult it may be to carry out, particularly in some volatile states with poor academic performance.


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