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AM News: Get Ready For Low Common Core Test Scores This Spring

Under half of students projected to test well EdSource Today: Projections released Monday predict that fewer than half of students in California and other states will score at grade level on tests next spring on the Common Core standards.

Poll: Voters know little about Common Core EdSource Today: More than half of California voters said they knew nothing or very little about the state’s new Common Core standards for English language arts and math, according to a newly released report by the Policy Analysis for California Education/USC Rossier School of Education.

Teachers union sees ‘surprising common ground’ with Lamar Alexander Tennessean: But while Eskelsen García supports a rewrite of No Child Left Behind that would do away with that waiver approach, NEA has long drawn a hard line against school vouchers and charter schools — two areas that Alexander has promoted legislatively.

Phila. schools see 40 applications for new charters Philadelphia Inquirer: After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40, the district said Monday.

Walton Family Foundation Funds Parent-Engagement Efforts in New Orleans EdWeek: A $1.2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation will help the Urban League of Greater New Orleans' increase its parent outreach efforts.

FCC Chair Wants Fee Hike to Expand Internet Access ABC: FCC chair proposes small hike in phone fees to expand Internet coverage to low-income areas.

Number of international students on U.S. campuses at an all-time high PBS NewsHour: More than 886,000 students came from foreign countries to study at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013-14 school year, an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

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

Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers NPR: The importance of a teacher's presence in the classroom has long been debated. Our 50 Great Teachers project asks: Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?

Texas' Latest History Textbook Tussle ABC:  Why Texas faces another history textbook tussle _ and what it means to non-Texans.

To Stay in the City with Kids, Parents Band Together to Improve Columbus Schools Columbus Monthly:  Both STAY and Go Public emphasize the importance of neighborhood schools and the “feeder pattern,” which Columbus City Schools formally implemented about six years ago.

City Pulls Plug on Bloomberg-Era Student Data System WNYC: After seven years and almost $100 million in construction costs, Department of Education officials are pulling the plug on its controversial data system because they said it never took off with parents or teachers.

East Ramapo School Board Is Criticized by New York State Monitor NYT: Henry M. Greenberg, the state-appointed monitor, stopped short of calling for a state takeover of the Rockland County district, but he did recommend appointing a fiscal overseer who could overrule the school board’s decisions.

Secret Lives Of Teachers: 'Bored Of Education' NPR: Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.

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