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AM News: Emanuel Wins Chicago Re-Election, Plus Senate ESEA Plan

Rahm Emanuel wins runoff in Chicago Politico: In an interview with The Atlantic, AFT President Randi Weingarten said that forcing Emanuel into a runoff was a win for labor — a point echoed by progressives after the vote. See also Emanuel wins re-election over Garcia in race for Chicago mayor (WBEZ), Emanuel Wins Second Term as Chicago Mayor After Tough Runoff (EdWeek).

Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores NYT: The proposal retains the requirement for yearly tests, but the federal government would no longer prescribe how the states handle schools with continuously poor scores. See also Sens. Alexander, Murray propose bipartisan measure to replace NCLB (WP), Senators Announce Agreement to Update Education Law (AP).

California teachers unions face new legal challenge over dues Washington Post: Four California teachers are suing their unions over the use of member dues for political activities, opening a new legal front against unions that are already facing a separate challenge to their ability to collect dues from all teachers

Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding The Achievement Gap  NPR: A new study finds Mexican-American toddlers are lagging behind their white counterparts.

First-Generation Students Unite NYT: These young pioneers, the first in their families in college, speak out about who they are, where they come from and the income inequality on campus.

As new teacher evaluation system looms, NY's Tisch defends need for state tests ChalkbeatNY: As state education officials have been tasked with crafting a new teacher evaluation system, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Tuesday continued to defend the need for a state test as a necessary measure to address longstanding inequities.

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Report: Boston Lacks ‘Cultural Competence’ In Teaching Black, Latino Males Boston Learning Lab: While the study points to caring school cultures, professional collaboration, individualized instruction and family engagement as positive existing school practices, Rosann Tung, lead author of the study, says that in order to close achievement and opportunity gaps, more must be done.

Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York NYT: Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.

Kindergarteners' parents scramble for spots in annual rite of spring KPCC LA: The line started forming at Mar Vista during the holiday weekend with parents camping out like Best Buy on Black Friday. Around noon on Monday, Nikki Dyson was in line with 12 other parents eager to enter their preschoolers in the advanced program, which offers specialized teachers and a 12-year track toward early college acceptance.

How an elementary school moves on after a shooting PBS NewsHour: Our first report comes from student television network correspondent Sydney Payne at Carlsbad High School in California. As part of our series on what’s changed, she and her team visited a local San Diego elementary school that was the scene of a terrifying shooting in 2010. We’re calling the series The New Safe.


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