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Chris Christie Reportedly Lashes Out At Teacher Melissa Tomlinson HuffPost: On Saturday, just days before the state gubernatorial election, the candidate reportedly argued with Buena Regional Middle School teacher Melissa Tomlinson at a campaign stop in Somers Point.

LAX Shooting Victim Brian Ludmer 'Upbeat' While Recovering From Gunshot Wounds HuffPost: Calabasas High School teacher Brian Ludmer was "upbeat" and in high spirits on Sunday as he recovers from a gunshot wound to the leg suffered in Friday's shooting spree at LAX that killed a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounded several others, the school superintendent said.

A Plea for Catholic Schools to Ignore New Guidelines NYT: A group of Roman Catholic scholars wrote to the nation’s bishops, saying that the new educational standards called Common Core would lower standards.

Coloradans To Vote On Schools Initiative Mixing Funding, Reforms NPR: Colorado voters have a big decision to make next week on a proposal that would overhaul the state's public education system. Amendment 66 is best known as a tax increase for public schools. But it would also change the way schools are funded and enact education reforms, making the state the first state to try to combine taxes and reforms in one proposal.

Teachers are earning millions of dollars selling their lesson plans on the “iTunes of education” Pando Daily: One teacher, Deanna Jump, has sold $2 million worth of lesson plans. TeacherspayTeachers has accumulated 2.6 million registered users by word of mouth, half of which joined in the last year. Of that group, 40,000 are active sellers on the platform and more than 800,000 have bought a lesson plan. During the Fall, TeacherspayTeachers has been processing more than a million in sales every week.

Not many teachers can be evaluated using state test scores Seatttle Times: School districts across Washington state are starting to evaluate teachers and principals in new, more rigorous ways.  Not surprisingly, that’s not easy. Rather than simply rating teachers and principals as satisfactory or unsatisfactory, districts are using a four-level scale.

Report: Use No Child waivers to innovate Politico: States should take student demographics into consideration when constructing school performance measures, move away from A-F grading of schools and be more innovative in measuring school accountability under No Child Left Behind waivers issued by the Education Department, a new paper presented in the journal Educational Researcher says.

LA Unified is providing cost estimates for future iPad supplies LA School Report: In a presentation planned for tomorrow’s school board meeting, the Common Core Technology Project committee, chaired by board member Monica Ratliff, is also revealing several possibilities for how to pay to keep “mobile devices” coming through the 2018-2019 school year. (See pages 85 and 86 in the powerpoint presentation.)

Rapping Biology? Why Science And Hip-Hop Works NPR:Engaging students in science class is no easy task but using hip-hop may be one way to get their attention. Research scientist Danielle Lee uses hip-hop to bridge the gap between culture and science.

To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks NYT: The Hamas movement is deviating from the approved Palestinian Authority curriculum, using the new texts as part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology.

Education Secretary Duncan travels to Haiti to tour schools, discuss reform Washington Post: Arne Duncan, the peripatetic education secretary, is logging more frequent-flier miles Monday with an unusual trip outside the United States. Duncan is in Haiti, at the invitation of that country's education minister, to discuss education reform.

So Far, Three Race to Top States Approved for Deadline Extensions Politics K12: It's crunch time for the dozen original Race to the Top winners, which are supposed to finish implementing their four-year education-improvement plans this year. And so far, three states already have won approval from the U.S. Department of Education for an extra year to finish some of their work. 

DC education agency pays Chicago firm nearly $90000 for one day ...Washington Post: Alvarez said the agency’s turnover left it in a last-minute scramble to put together the September conference, the second annual D.C. Parent and Family Engagement Summit. He said he is confident that SPC delivered quality services, but he acknowledged that the time crunch prevented his agency from conducting a competitive bidding process that would have ensured a fair deal for D.C. taxpayers.  

Promising Chicago principal leaves for Madison Chicago Reader: Cheatham had backed the district's plan to link teacher evaluations to student test scores, which won her no points with the Chicago Teachers Union. But Carol Caref, the CTU's head of research, conceded in the Wisconsin State Journal that Cheatham was ...



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