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AM News: Michelle Rhee Fends Off D.C. Cheating Accusations from 2008

Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations LATimes: Michelle Rhee, head of an influential education advocacy group that backs using student test scores to evaluate teachers, this week fended off accusations that she failed to pursue evidence of cheating when she ran the District of Columbia school system. In an internal memo, a district consultant warned that about 190 teachers at 70 schools — more than half the system's campuses — may have cheated in 2008 by erasing wrong answers on student testing sheets and filling in correct ones. 

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Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop Flat-Funding Key K-12 Programs PoliticsK12: U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who oversees the panel that deals with K-12 spending, has already made it clear he's none too happy with the administration's decision to ask for level funding for formula programs, while seeking big increases for competitive grants. He reiterated that today when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the Senate subcommittee that oversees spending for the U.S. Department of Education.

How Parents Are Explaining The Boston Tragedy To Children HuffPost: In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, parents in Boston and across the country are struggling to explain the senselessness of the attack to their children. Around Boston in particular, parents are put in a unique situation, since there is a school break this week. During school-day crises, teachers can be first responders, and they are often taught how to break potentially traumatizing news to children.

Philadelphia district to launch online school Notebook: The Philadelphia School District plans to launch its own online school this summer, part of an effort to reclaim thousands of students and millions of dollars now going to independently operated cyber charters. The proposed Philadelphia Virtual Academy would offer students a combination of "anytime learning" in their homes and in-person support from teachers and other staff at "learning centers" around the city. District officials hope to immediately enroll as many as 1,000 students in grades 6 through 12.

More Than 50 Years Of Putting Kids' Creativity To The Test NPR: Janet Stanford is the artistic director of Imagination Stage, a professional children's theater company and arts center in Bethesda, Md. She says when she first heard about the Torrance Test, she was skeptical. "Initially I thought, as many people do, 'Well, creativity is not something you can measure. It's this sort of wonderful gift and let's not question it too carefully.' "

Some Mississippi districts have critical teacher needs HechingerReport: In Mississippi, attracting top-performing teachers to the neediest schools is an ongoing challenge. Nearly one-third of all districts in the state have been identified as critical needs districts, meaning they have extensive teacher shortages. Those shortages are often exacerbated in rural settings that lack housing, restaurants and other amenities that would make them attractive places for individuals without family connections.

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I like the idea that Philadelphia starting to launch summer courses at cyber charter school. I don’t believe they should start the cyber charter schools for middle school only for high schools. With them starting to have students take courses online will also help them prepare for college. Its good know they will have teachers that they will have to have conference with and I believe they need more then hour online. The state will also save more money and children parents can come more active in their children educating.

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