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Harkin Introduces Schools Legislation NYT:  Jim Jeffries, a spokesman for Mr. Alexander, said that Mr. Harkin’s bill was “congested” with federal mandates and that Mr. Alexander’s bill “will get Washington out of the business of deciding whether schools and teachers are succeeding or failing.”

Senate introduces No Child Left Behind replacement AP: Senate Democrats are introducing legislation that would replace the one-sized-fits-all national standards of No Child Left Behind with ones that states write for themselves. 

Henderson not convinced that D.C. education plan will help schools Washington Post: “I need more information, because on the face of it, I just don’t believe that these seven proposals are going to move us to where we need to go,” Henderson said of council member David A. Catania’s education proposals.

U.S. Rep. Roby's Common Core Action May Not Ease State-Level Pressure State EdWatch:  Alabama Sen. Dick Brewbaker, a Republican in the state legislature, told the press today that he remains in favor of the state dropping the standards, after he and some other GOP legislators unsuccessfully pushed for the repeal of common core in the state this year. 
Governors, state education chiefs discuss improving child literacy Washington Post: Governors and education chiefs from nine states said Tuesday that a focus on early-childhood education, the changing dynamic of families and supporting low-income students could help improve literacy across the country.

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges RI to keep Gist Fox: With the R.I. Board of Education set to consider a new contract for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist this week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncanon Tuesday praised the reform efforts of the state's top education official.

Job Market Remains Challenging For 2013 Graduates NPR: For the last five years, Graduation Day was as much a time for apprehension as for celebration. Prospects for those entering the workforce for the first time were bleak. The class of 2013 — whether from high school or college — has cause for more optimism than previous classes.

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While No Child Left Behind should be repealed, we cannot simply go back to the past, to the old state-led systems of the 20th century. Better approaches to accountability can be found overseas. The UK's Education Act 2011 proposes to raise academic accountability by improving qualifications, a concept almost completely lacking in America. American higher education assumes that the possession of a high school diploma, perhaps accompanied by a B average, is sufficient to qualify students for financial aid for higher education, if they are poor enough. I suggest that such "qualifications" are too low to assure the public that the huge loan debts today's ill-prepared students are incurring in order to go to college will be repaid, or that we will not be faced with a huge youth bankruptcy crisis destabilizing our banks and our entire economy in the next decade.

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