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New study finds Teach for America recruits boost student achievement in math Politico: A rigorous new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education finds that Teach for America recruits lead students in impoverished middle and high schools to higher achievement in math than teachers who have come through traditional training programs.

Some teachers left behind? Politico: The House's first lob in the budget fight, a continuing resolution filed late Tuesday that would keep the federal government in action through Dec. 15, doesn't include language that would allow educators in alternative-certification programs to be considered "highly qualified.

Also: Teach for America is a deeply divisive program. It also works. (Washington Post), TFA Teachers Perform Well in a New Study -- But Teacher Experience Still Matters (Dana Goldstein)

Federal government threatens action against Calfornia if it cuts student tests KPCC: Torkalson is urging legislators to pass the bill and has said he will try to get a waiver from the federal government later. It had been expected to go to the state senate for a vote Tuesday, but the vote was not scheduled.

Arizona and Education Department in NCLB Waiver Standoff Politics K12: Arizona may be the next state headed toward high-risk status for its No Child Left Behind Act waiver after it submitted a final draft of its accountability system—a plan that does not meet federal demands on high school graduation rates or teacher evaluations.

No Child Left Behind ends in PA The Reporter: Adequate Yearly Progress is a thing of the past in the North Penn School District and in districts across Pennsylvania after the  USDE  approved the state's request to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind.

Okla. school changes policy on dreadlocks AP: An Oklahoma charter school is changing its dress code after inciting criticism for telling a 7-year-old girl that her dreadlocks violated the school's policy...

Teacher evaluation pilot hints at strengths, weaknesses EdNewsCO: More than nine out of 10 of Colorado teachers evaluated during a pilot test of the state’s educator effectiveness were rated proficient or higher on the system’s five-step rating scale. But teachers performed less well on content knowledge and facilitating learning, the two professional standards most directing related to student achievement.

Philadelphia Schools Reopen Amid Financial, Academic Distress WSJ: As Philadelphia students returned to school this week facing larger class sizes and slimmed-down arts programs, a fight raged over how to keep the district from sinking further into financial and academic distress. One of the nation’s most troubled school districts, Philadelphia is buckling under financial pressure and has been unable to squeeze concessions from [...]

Loud Voice Fighting Tide of New Trend in Education NYT: Diane Ravitch has become a folk hero to the left for arguing that fixing schools without addressing the larger context of societal problems is doomed to fail.

After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof NPR:In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, many school districts have rethought their approach to keeping their students, staff and buildings safe. Those changes ran the gamut from adding door locks to arming teachers.

How State Schools Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind ProPublica: A ProPublica analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that from 1996 through 2012, public colleges and universities gave a declining portion of grants — as measured by both the number of grants and the dollar amounts — to students in the lowest quartile of family income. That trend has continued even though the recession hit those in lower income brackets the hardest. via Politico

LA school board approves new parent trigger rules Los Angeles Times: Pioneering guidelines to help Los Angeles Unified school staff and parents navigate the complex and controversial process to overhaul failing schools under the...

Md.'s teacher certification law criticized as too tough Baltimore Sun: Maryland is among eight states that require a master's degree in education or an equivalent number of classes for a license. Teachers who enter the profession without a master's can go through an alternative certification program or they can begin teaching and work toward a master's. via EWA

 

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