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Education Dept. allows public charter schools to hold weighted lottery Washington Post: The Education Department on Wednesday reversed a long-standing policy and will now allow public charter schools that receive federal grants to give admissions preference to low-income children, minorities and other disadvantaged students.

Under pressure, feds will fund charter schools with admissions preferences ChalkbeatNY: The regulatory change followed concerted lobbying by Moskowitz, other charter school advocates, and officials from New York and other states, who worked to ease federal authorities’ concerns that weighted lotteries could be used to create racially segregated schools in addition to diverse ones.

Early Education Spending By The Feds Has Not Really Risen Since Obama Took Office HuffPost: The 2009 spending hit a high of $32.6 billion, but the real tale lies in the comparison between the 2008 and 2013 figures: $20.7 billion then and only slightly higher at $21.5 billion last year.

Video: Lawmaker 'stunned' at gaps in school abuse reporting NBC: Rep. George Miller of California says a new GAO report points out important gaps in the nation's systems for reporting child abuse by school personnel.

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Beltway Insiders: For Education, Florida Governor's Race Is One to Watch PK12: Nearly 75 percent of insiders say they were not surprised by Duncan's supposed advocacy role. What's more, 69 percent said his involvement did not matter.

High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy NPR: Elite athletes start their sports young and sometimes sacrifice academics; some even drop out of high school. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says it wants to prevent that by opening its own high school. But no mistake: Academics there aren't as important as winning.

New suspension data show drop in use of ‘willful defiance,’ but ethnic disparity remains EdSource: The category of willful defiance of school authorities, which also includes disruption of school activities, accounted for 43 percent of all suspensions statewide in 2012-13, down from 48 percent the previous year. 

Veteran Educators Tapped for Top Roles Running NYC Schools WNYC: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Wednesday promoted two longtime, local educators as deputy chancellors of the Department of Education, in a move she said signaled a new tone. All of the new appointments have about 30 years of experience -- each -- working in the school system.

CPS chief's letter makes some parents testy Tribune: A letter to parents and guardians from Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett appears to indicate that students who opt out of a new...

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