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AM News: Jeb Bush Takes Another Step Towards Presidential Campaign

Jeb Bush's Entry Into Presidential Contest Would Put K-12 Front and Center PK12: Bush doesn't see eye-to-eye with many of the more conservative members of his party on what's arguably the biggest K-12 political issue of the day, the common core standards. See also Politico, FiveThirtyEight, Vox.

New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System NYT: The system was created to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired. See also WNYC, ChalkbeatNY.

NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored ProPublica: Pete Grannis, New York State's First Deputy Comptroller, contacted ProPublica after reading our story last week.The arrangements can limit the ability of auditors and charter-school regulators to follow how public money is spent – especially when the firms refuse to divulge financial details when asked.

Pakistan School: Devastation Where 148 Were Slain AP: Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest. A three-day official mourning period started Wednesday, a day after seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school in the city of Peshawar. 

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

Making Pre-K Teachers Better through Coaching WNYC: Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 pre-k teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended Washington Post: The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' NPR: Called "restorative justice" this school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.

Thousands Of American Schools Are In Need Of These Basic Materials HuffPost: DonorsChoose is an online charity where teachers can request funding for student supplies from individuals connected with the site. The nonprofit, which has reached over 13 million students since its inception in 2000, recently provided The Huffington Post with data about what teachers are requesting for their classrooms and where these schools are located. 

Emanuel rakes in $533000 more with campaign donor limits off Chicago Tribune: The teachers federation had promised CTU President Karen Lewis $1 million for a mayoral run, before she decided not to run after having to undergo emergency surgery for a brain tumor. Lewis and the CTU have since endorsed Garcia.


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