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U.S. Education secretary praises L.A. program LA Times: Arne Duncan visits the Hollywood FamilySource Center, which provides students in high poverty areas with the support and enrichment offered to their more affluent peers.  Tucked in the corner of a grimy East Hollywood strip mall is a shining hope of public education. See also LASR.

Bobby Jindal: Bill De Blasio A 'Petulant Tyrant Holding Low-Income Kids Hostage' HuffPost: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have a friend in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. On Tuesday, the New York Post published an op-ed by Jindal in which he criticized the mayor’s hostility to charter schools, saying that de Blasio’s actions have the “markings of a petulant tyrant holding low-income students hostage.” 

Charter school group spends $3.6m on TV ads attacking de Blasio NYDN: "They have parents believing there’s no way they’re going to find space for these 194 students,” said Zakiyah Ansari of the labor-backed lobbying group Alliance for Quality Education.

Growing Number of Parents Want Students to Opt Out of High-Stakes State Tests NY1: In 2012, there were 113 students in the city who opted out. A year later, that number nearly tripled, with 320 students sitting out the tests. This year, there may be considerably more.

Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention TeacherBeat: 
To reduce the achievement gap, schools should pay attention to teacher retention, says new report.
 
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That I want to write "Hurrah for Chancellor Farina" for her common sense in dialing down the stress on test prep in New York City, and am instantly reminded that I side with Governor Cuomo, as opposed to Mayor de Blasio, on finding space for chartered school students in New York, casts some light on the legacy of Mayor Bloomberg, and on from where education reform in general has come and gone. I find myself dividing my assessment of the Bloomberg era in education between early and late. Early Bloomberg supported personalization by dividing large, comprehensive public school buildings into smaller schools, in keeping with a Gates Foundation initiative that has been somewhat beneficial at Locke High School, and supported the expansion of chartered schools as providing options to relatively disempowered families, and these initiatives were good; late Bloomberg, perhaps frustrated at the slow pace of test score improvement, focused on vilifying teachers' union resistance, stamping spurious grades on schools and teachers based on someone else's, rather than on the teachers' own, performances on cognitively undemanding, low skills tests, and on wasting money trying to buy elections in jurisdictions far from New York City, and these initiatives have now been revealed as a politically and educationally wrong turn that has incited a strong reaction in New York City and nationally for the mainstream education reform movement as a whole.

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