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AM News: All Eyes On Possible ESEA Reauthorization

White House: ESEA Rewrite Needs to Focus on Struggling Schools and Students PK12: The Obama administration worries the House and Senate bills to rewrite ESEA don't do go far enough on accountability. see also National Journal.

House Could Vote on Parent's Right to Opt Out of Tests Under ESEA PK12: The opt-out movement hasn't really been a key issue as Congress wrestles with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but that could change this week. See also Washington Post.

NEA 2015 Convention Wrap-Up: Mixed Messaging Teacher Beat: Final details of this year's convention include the union's legislative war chest, mixed messaging on race, and other matters. See also EIA.

Are Test Scores Proving Fears About Common-Core High School Math Correct? State EdWatch: In three states that released preliminary common-core test scores in July, high school students failed to meet predictions for math proficiency. Did experts warn us this was coming? See also: Idaho Smarter Balanced Test Scores Largely Beat State's Projections

Lawsuit: L.A. Schools Failing Needy Students, Flouting California Funding Law State EdWatch: A California lawsuit filed last week claims that the Los Angeles Unified School District is failing to abide by the state's Local Control Funding Formula.

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

D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap WAMU:  If you set the bar high, can you erase the achievement gap in American schools? We'll talk with the first graduates of a D.C. charter school that's trying to do just that.

School district’s ‘infamous database’ for suspicious conduct scrapped Washington Post: Two years after school officials created a database to track allegations of inappropriate employee conduct toward students, Montgomery County is dismantling the project, which one official said critics came to see as the “infamous database.”

Why New York City’s high school admissions process only works most of the time Chalkbeat: More than ten years later, New York’s high school choice system is holding up well. The clearinghouse we designed is just a part of the sometimes forbidding gauntlet that families have to run to inform themselves about schools and decide how to rank them. 

LAUSD students doing the summer school scramble to catch up KPCC LA: Additional state funding from a recovering economy and more Title I dollars targeting low-income students helped 86 LAUSD campuses open up classes this summer from 36 last year. 

L.A Unified takes on sexting with education campaign, not punishment LA Time: When Viviana Martin Del Campo walked into her sixth-period geometry class at Venice High School in March, she saw a group of boys huddled over a cellphone, laughing. The target of their attention turned out to be a sexually explicit photo of two classmates.

‘Project-based learning and Common Core are a natural fit’ EdSource Today: Tyler Graff is the incoming principal at the Claire Lilienthal alternative school in San Francisco Unified.

For Students With Disabilities, Transition From High School Brings Unique Challenges Boston Learning Lab: For the 6 million U.S. students diagnosed with disabilities, the transition out of high school can be a nerve-wracking and challenging experience. It’s what some educators and advocates call “falling off the cliff” — when students, at age 22 or when they finish high school, lose entitlement to the special education services and support systems that have kept them afloat.

Chicago schools face $200 million in cuts Learning Curve APM: "This could be the tip of the iceberg," says Jackson Potter of the Chicago Teachers Union. "The city hasn't laid down its hand to exactly spell out: is this the first of a wave of cuts?"

Humphrey School training first cohort of charter-oversight pros MinnPost: A year from now, at the ripe old age of 21, Hodge will become one of the first three people in the country to obtain a graduate degree specifically designed to prepare her to work in charter school accountability.


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