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AM News: Release Of NY Test Questions Prompts Demands For More

Weingarten pushes NY state to release more test questions ChalkbeatNY: The state’s release of 50 percent of the questions represented a jump from last year, when it released a quarter of the questions. But educators and parents have pushed for the state to release even more questions, which some have criticized as developmentally inappropriate or poorly crafted.

Diversity on the Rise Among TFA Recruits TeacherBeat: TFA's newest corps is its most diverse ever, with fully half identifying as people of color.

Putting Power Tools In The Hands Of 5-Year-Olds NPR: To move kids away from computer screens, a new wave of learning programs is emphasizing hands-on activities. Like building stuff.

Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly Washington Post: She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation's largest labor union, representing 3 million educators. 

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

In Atlanta, Jury Selection Is Set to Begin in Test Scandal NYT: Twelve former public school employees are accused of conspiring to alter and boost students’ standardized test scores.

New laptops and devices roll out in phases in Montgomery schools Washington Post: Thousands of students will be using new laptops and tablets soon with a major technology initiative underway in the Montgomery school system.

New Orleans Charters Prepare For A Big First Day Of School NPR: The start to the school year in New Orleans offers a landmark moment in U.S. education. For the first time, a major urban school district will operate entirely with charter schools.

New Study Connects The Dots Between Music & Academic Performance WNYC: After just one year of music lessons, the reading scores of 9- and 10-year-old students from low-income neighborhoods held steady, while the scores of their peers, who didn't study an instrument, dipped.

Schools’ special-ed chief put on paid leave over consultant’s contract Seattle Times: The Seattle school district’s executive director of special education is on paid leave while the district investigates whether proper procedures were followed when the district hired a national consultant.

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