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As Common Core Tests Approach, So Does A Sea Change In Schools NPR: A new experiment in education begins Tuesday. Early assessments based on the Common Core State Standards will be rolled out and tested in the coming months. Some 3 million students will participate.

Chiefs Press NEA, AFT Leaders on Common-Core Policy Teacher Beat: State chiefs have some tough questions for the the teachers' unions and their recent shifts in position on the common core.

On Race to the Top funds, D.C. stumbles Washington Post: Of the 12 jurisdictions that won the earliest grants under the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, the District of Columbia has come under extra scrutiny by federal officials concerned about its ability to manage the money.

U.S. Department of Education criticizes Md.'s Race to the Top progress Baltimore Sun: Maryland has faced several challenges in fulfilling its $250 million promise to overhaul the way it educates students and evaluates educators, the U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday.

Arne Duncan on Who's Winning the Race to the Top PK12: Mostly, states are struggling to implement new evaluation systems linked to student growth on test scores. But the problems go beyond just designing and putting new evaluations into practice. New evaluation systems in Florida and Delaware, for example, resulted in very few meaningful differences in teacher ratings. In essence, nearly everyone in those states turned out to be an effective teacher.

Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers WQAMU: New education standards called Common Core are being adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C. That has created an opportunity for trade publishers.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

At a school that led protests, some interesting candidates for local school council WBEZ: Rodrigo Sierra was handpicked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011 to serve on the city’s school board. He stayed until the end of 2012, when Emanuel asked him to become a commissioner for the Chicago Housing Authority. Now, Sierra is running for LSC as a parent representative at InterAmerican Magnet school and as a community representative at Blaine Elementary near his home.

Los Angeles charter schools record among the biggest learning gains in nation EdSource Today: The release of CREDO’s report came the same week that Los Angeles Unified’s Board of Education modified Superintendent John Deasy’s contract to deter him from encouraging further growth of charters. It set a goal of an annual student enrollment growth of 5 percent – a target that can only be achieved by reversing a decade-long growth in charter schools

Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools Seattle Public Radio: The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall. Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions.

To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad NPR: Community colleges and trade schools are trying to better prepare students for a global market. And some are looking to Europe for answers.

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