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Two States Approved for ESEA Teacher Evaluation Extension Waiver PoliticsK12: Two states—Nevada and Mississippi—will get extra time to implement the teacher-evaluation portion of their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. [12 of 34 eligible states applied]

Common Core delay wins approval NOLA.com: The committee vote, likely to be ratified by BESE on Wednesday, followed months of anxiety from educators who feared losing their jobs and their schools' good letter grades, and some criticism that the changes have come too fast.

K-12 Policy Warfare in Indiana Persists With Leak of New Group's Agenda State EdWatch: Indiana superintendent Glenda Ritz says the document shows state officials are planning to remove her as chairwoman of the state school board.

U.S. private school students not much better than public school student in math Hechinger Report: Where private school students shine is in reading, outperforming their public school peers by 22 points. Private school students, if they formed a separate nation, would rank at #10 behind Ireland in this subject. However, if we broke out the private school students for each nation, their scores would be higher too and American private school kids would no longer be among the top 10 readers. Indeed, US private school students would be no better than average.

New STEM push from ALEC Politico: The group has found tremendous interest in science, technology, engineering and math education from ALEC members, potential for public-private partnerships, and bipartisan lawmaking on STEM issues, ALEC Education Director Lindsay Russell told Morning Education. 

Gates, Zuckerberg chip in to fund broadband in schools Washington Post: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are among several philanthropists who have pledged $9 million to a nonprofit organization that is trying to bring the Internet to public school classrooms around the country.

More state and local news below.

Mayor Boasts High Grad Rates Six Months Ahead of Schedule WNYC: The four-year graduation rate for students entering high school in 2009 reached 66 percent, an all-time high, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday, up from a rate of 64.7 percent the previous school year.

With New Mayor Coming in, N.Y.C. Teacher Contract Continues to Languish Teacher Beat: One of the big questions on the table, of course is money, and whether members of the United Federation of Teachers will get retroactive raises in line with what other city workers have received. But other areas are equally worth pointing to. They include: seniority and teacher discipline

Video: Principal accused of banning students from speaking Spanish NBC News: A Texas middle school principal is accused of banning students from speaking Spanish in the classrooms. KPRC's Jace Larson reports. (NBC News)

These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes NPR: In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.

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