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AM News: State Test Score Results, Teachers vs. Nurses, College Board Cave

Minn. student test scores show little change despite vow to improve Star Tribune: In reading, nearly 60 percent of students mastered state standards, compared with 59 percent in 2014. In math, 60 percent of students met math standards, down from nearly 62 percent in 2014. White students continued to outperform students of color by more than 20 percentage points on average.

Maury students excel in reading Columbia Daily Herald: For the state overall, students have shown significant gains in all areas of testing except English/Language Arts. This growth continues a five-year trend in student proficiency in math and biology across the state.

Ark. Common-Core Review Recommends a Smartphone App ... And Another Review State EdWatch: The latest state to complete a review of the standards is Arkansas. But its review has led to a somewhat unusual, if not unique, recommendation.

Hillary Clintons multi-step strategy to woo labor Politico: The first to make its own endorsement was the 1.6-million member American Federation of Teachers, which endorsed Clinton in July and whose president,Randi Weingarten, is among the most senior and influential members of the AFL-CIO's executive...

Labor debates Hillary versus Bernie Washington Post: Two women epitomize the divide inside labor: Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, defended her group’s early endorsement of Clinton. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, hinted that her group may endorse Sanders sometime in the next month. 

Conference Process to Rewrite ESEA Gets Underway PK12: All the expected characters were at the table: Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, D-Va.

College Board bows to critics, revises AP U.S. History course WP: Conservatives had blasted the 2014 AP U.S. History course framework as essentially being unpatriotic and presenting American history in a negatively biased light. After a year of defending the framework, the College Board just changed it. See also HuffPost.

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At LAUSD, new efforts to retain beginner teachers KPCC LA: California is facing the biggest demand for teachers in nearly a decade — across the state more than 21,000 new teachers will be needed for the 2015-2016 school year, according to projections from the California Department of Education. That's a 25 percent increase from the 2014-2015 school year. 

Kansas Underfunded Education And Cut Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers To Fill Classrooms.HuffPost: Kansas school superintendent Alan Cunningham has been involved with hiring teachers for the past 35 years. In that time, he has never had a harder time filling positions than this year.

One year later, mixed emotions for unaccompanied children who crossed the border to the US WNYC: On Long Island, it's been a rocky start for some young Central Americans, who were placed into a "transition" school that some observers find subpar.

Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City NYT: By helping Success continue its expansion, the gift could add to pressure on the de Blasio administration to find space for the new schools or contribute to their rent. See also Capital NY.

Governor allows parole for California school bus hijacker AP: The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer....

Schools are working to remove the placement test barrier to community college success Washington Post: Community colleges are trying to reduce reliance on remedial courses to increase chances for student success.

Video: Tech Talker: Schools Tackle Social Media NBC News: As students head back to school many will face new social media policies outlined by their schools. NBC's Mark Barger reports. 

The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals NPR: Bye Bye Birdie, Our Town and Beauty and the Beast have all spent time at the top of Dramatics' high school theater rankings. The magazine has been publishing its list since 1938.

High school students flocking to community colleges, but some students left out KPCC LA: The growth in high school student enrollment at Fullerton College could be called a stampede. In 2011, according to the community college, 822 high school students took classes at the campus after their school day or during the summer session. Three years later that figure had nearly doubled to 1,587.

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