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AM News: Wisconsin Gov. Walker Backs Off Call For Common Core Repeal

Walker says he wants schools to have Common Core choice AP: Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used.

Cuomo: High teacher scores 'not real' Capital New York: Teachers’ high scores under the state’s mandatory performance rating system show that it is “an evaluation system in name” and “doesn’t reflect reality,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday at a Capitol press conference.

Cuomo: 'Safety net' won't fix teacher rating system Capital New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested he won't sign a "safety net" bill that would shield educators from consequences of the rough rollout of the Common Core standards in New York, citing new teacher-evaluation data released on Tuesday.

GOP gives feds' college rating plan an F Politico: The goal is to yank funds from schools that fail to meet on federal requirements.

Mayor De Blasio's Charter School Dilemma WNYC: The state-mandated deadline for the city to respond is the end of December. The city has repeatedly declined to tell WNYC how many charters are seeking space in public school buildings but at least two others were rejected this fall.

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Minneapolis Superintendent Abruptly Resigns District Dossier: The Minneapolis school board approved Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's resignation late Tuesday, paving the way for her to leave the 34,000-student district. See also MinnPostMinnCAN

For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session Texas Tribune: When Texas lawmakers come back to Austin in January, there will be a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.

New Tennessee Chief Has Deep Teacher-Preparation Background Teacher Beat: Candice McQueen has won plaudits for her work leading Lipscomb University's teacher-preparation efforts. See also Tennessean.

Quotes From Pakistani Families Over School Attack AP: "We sent our kids to this school because it is known for its high standards and quality of education.... My son was a brilliant student and even a few weeks back he was awarded a gold medal for his excellent midterm results. Yesterday we watched the news on TV and as five of our kids were studying there we got so worried and upset for the safety of our children," said Haji Dost Muhammad, 52, whose son Asad died in the attack. 

Senate Approves Top Ed Dept. Lawyer, Punts on Pick for Higher Ed Post Inside Higher Ed: Lawmakers late Tuesday night approved on a voice vote the nomination of James Cole Jr. as the department’s general counsel but failed to act on the nomination of the Education Trust's Ericka M. Miller as assistant secretary for postsecondary education. 




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Re: the Politico story on the administration's plan to rate American university colleges: while the Senate's plan to release more information on average debt and cost, enrolment in remedial courses, and graduates' salaries is appropriate, the administration's plan to rate 6000 American university colleges deserves that F, and funding should be yanked from the education department's efforts to develop it.

This is just another development reinforcing my belief that the United States should consider fundamental constitutional change in order to receive more effective governance from Washington, D.C. I do not believe any human being can properly carry out the duties of the president at this point because they are simply too broad, and while I cast my vote for President Obama's reelection ultimately because of his approach to foreign policy, his domestic policy has too often failed, and he cannot guide our nation's educational affairs because he has too much to do, and Secretary Duncan has proved to be the wrong man for that job.

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