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Chancellor candidate Farina praises Ravitch, but keeps distance Chalkbeat NY: Farina subtly changed the tone—and put some distance between herself and Ravitch’s anti-charter rhetoric. “I think we have to stop worrying about what the other people are doing, and really concentrate on what we have to do better,” she began. “Because part of it is that we let ourselves kind of fall into complacency when we were the only game in town. And by we I’m talking about public education.” 

Common Core critics and backers compete at Manhattan forum Chalkbeat NY:  As at many of the upstate forums devoted to the tougher standards, the one in Lower Manhattan featured emotional testimonies on the toll of testing, harsh criticism of the state and some heated heckling — including by a woman who said King should be arrested for child abuse. But, like in Brooklyn, there was also a sizable contingent of parents and teachers — many of them affiliated with advocacy groups that backed the Bloomberg administration’s education policies — who argued that the new standards push students to higher planes of thought and eventually college.

Educational Publisher’s Charity, Accused of Seeking Profits, Will Pay Millions NYT: The Pearson Foundation will pay $7.7 million after the New York State attorney general found that it had broken state law by helping develop products for its corporate parent.

Publishing Giant Pearson's Nonprofit Arm Settles Investigation WSJ: The London-based company didn’t admit wrongdoing in the settlement with the New York state Attorney General’s office. The bulk of the settlement, $7.5 million, will go toward 100Kin10, an organization that is trying to place 100,000 highly-qualified math and science teachers in classrooms across America by 2021.

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 Schools Use Web Tools, and Data Is Seen at Risk NYT: Public schools are adopting web-based services that collect data about students but do not adequately safeguard it from potential misuse, new research has found.

Bloomberg's Philanthropy; Newtown Tragedy Anniversary; The Common App WNYC: Incoming New York City councilman and former state assemblyman Rory Lancman says Mayor Bloomberg has run the city like a philanthropist. He explains. Plus: a conversation about what could curb mass shootings; tips for applying to college and using the Common Application.

Celebrity Tutors Thrive In Grade-fixated Hong Kong Huffington Post: When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double decker buses to raise his profile.

Sentence Cut in Texas for School Official Jailed in Test Scandal NYT: A decision by the federal Bureau of Prisons to take 11 months off the sentence of a former El Paso superintendent has angered educators, parents and lawmakers.

 What happened to all the 'stuff' in Chicago’s closed schools? WBEZ: The quick response to Jenn’s question comes from Tom Tyrrell, the former Marine Corps colonel hired by Chicago Public Schools to oversee everything having to do with the school closings:“We are repurposing it, to save money to put money back in the classrooms — everything that’s usable.”

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