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States Struggle To Overhaul Schools After No Child Left Behind HuffPost: The department on Monday released results from audits of the way six states -- New York, Delaware, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi and Connecticut -- are replacing No Child Left Behind. ALSO: Waiver States Struggle With Priority Schools, English-Learners, Ed. Dept. Finds PoliticsK12: 

Cuomo, de Blasio, and Universal Pre-K WNYC: Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, blogger , fiscusses the showdown between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio over Universal Pre-K. ALSO: Gov. Cuomo Denies He Will Propose Statewide Universal Preschool Plan On Wednesday HuffPost.

New Schools Chancellor Gets a Homecoming Queen's Welcome WNYC:  spoke for less than 10 minutes in what felt like a homecoming, and steered clear of Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposals to charge rent to charter schools and to put a moratorium on co-locating schools in the same buildings. 

The Common Core Is Tough on Kids Who Are Still Learning English Hechinger Report: The work is challenging. But the deeper they get into it, the more school leaders are becoming convinced that the methods encouraged by the Common Core will help all their students get better at math as well English. [headline/conclusion mismatch?]

Test Scandal in Atlanta Brings More Guilty Pleas NYT: The focus is shifting to the former schools superintendent, who is being portrayed as the mastermind of a scheme that led to charges against 35 educators accused of manipulating test scores. ALSO: 6 educators plead guilty in test cheating scandal AP.

L.A. Unified should appoint a successor to LaMotte LA Times (editorial): Delaying until an election to pick a replacement for Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died last year, risks shortchanging students at a vulnerable time.

Bowser noncommittal on Kaya Henderson Washington Post: Bowser, one of four D.C. Council members challenging incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) in April’s Democratic primary, faced that question twice on Friday during [a radio show].

Slow Broadband Internet Speeds Vex Nation's Schools Wall Street Journal:Students in Dory Fravel's fourth-grade Iowa classroom got knocked offline while taking mandatory state achievement exams. Vermont teacher Marcia Blanco whiled away the night while the school's slow-as-syrup Internet connection downloaded software.

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Education News Colorado graduates to multistate network, new name Denver Business Journal: ... covering school issues in the state -- is about to re-emerge as part of a multistate education news network under a new name: Chalkbeat Colorado.

Preschool, teacher training and student health funding needed to offset child poverty, report says EdSource Today: It’s far too soon to tell if the state’s new education law will improve outcomes for the neediest students, but more investment in the public school system, including quality preschool, teacher training and student health care, is necessary to offset the burden of poverty on California’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.

Cheerlebrity Is All Fun and Games Until Someone 'Steals' a Boyfriend The Wire: Last night, cheer fans went nuts when one cheerleb posted a photo of herself with another cheerleb's ex-boyfriend.


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Re: the NCLB and Common Core stories above (from the Huff Post and Hechinger Report): The United States Senate needs to get on with the task of bringing the HELP committee's rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to the Senate floor, so the bill can be amended and then negotiations with the House, which has already passed a rewrite, can commence. Dallying is not in our children's interest, for while the Common Core mathematics activities portrayed in the Atlantic article about the Compton elementary school represent a significant step forward when viewed from a strictly American perspective, it must be borne in mind that even if the Common Core is successfully implemented as intended, the resulting American high school graduates will still be at least two years behind their peers in east Asia, which is a fine illustration of how the lack of movement now on the part of this nation's most powerful people is steadily eroding the future place in the world that was expected for the children of immigrants to the United States when they moved here (as did mine).

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