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AM News: NYC Gives Success Charter Schools More Space To Expand

Success Charter Schools Secure More City Space WNYC: The Department of Education agreed on Thursday to give more space to the city's largest charter school network, Success Academy. The backroom deal came a day after Success founder Eva Moskowitz released a letter from anxious parents and just hours before she was scheduled to stage a press conference outside City Hall. See also ChalkbeatNY.

Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System NPR: Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they'll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February. Washington Post,  NYT, NPR again.

Common Core, Non-Common Core States Face Similar Challenges, GAO Says PK12: For instance, states in both camps are giving teachers professional development to implement the standards, but they're worried the training isn't high-quality. And all states with new standards are developing new instructional materials that are supposed to match them—but that can be time- consuming, and there isn't always as much alignment as states were hoping for. It can also be pretty tricky to communicate with parents and the public about the standards, states told the GAO, which is considered Congress' investigative arm.

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

Cuomo Letter Outlines 'Aggressive' Education Plans, Seeks Input from State Leaders WNYC: Gov. Signed by State Operations Director Jim Malatras, the letter noted that just about one third of elementary and middle school students were proficient on this year’s state exams, which it called “unacceptable.” It then asked Tisch and King how the new teacher evaluation system can be “credible” when just 1 percent of teachers get the lowest ratings.

 New York City Continues Modest Climb in High School Graduation Rates WNYC: The data covers the first group of students who started high school after the Common Core learning standards were implemented statewide and graduated in June of this year. Stateside, the on-time graduation rate was 76.4 percent, a gain of 1.5 points and smaller increase than what was posted in New York City. Education Commissioner John King said the data revealed consistent but bumpy progress.

Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago WBEZ: Romano pushes all her students to learn English and Spanish. In her classroom, they say their ABCs in both languages. Sometimes, though, parents are oblivious to what’s going on - good or bad - in the classroom.

In the mayoral money race, the rich—that is, Rahm—gets richer Chicago Reader: That follows $52,600 donations from each of those unions in November and $16,000 from the campaign account of CTU president Karen Lewis. Along with $250,000 Garcia received earlier this month from SEIU Healthcare, the contributions have brought his ...

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