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Top Stories for Monday 11/25

SIG Report: Why Are Some Schools Getting Worse?
Two-thirds of schools getting grants improve; others regress. The Huffington Post

de Blasio's Upcoming Ed Decisions
Let the lobbying begin. GothamSchools

Pearson's New Global Ed Strategy
Learning before profits, company says. The Washington Post

Beyond Minecraft: Games for Learning
6 other games of building and exploration to use in classrooms. Mindshift

Should Colleges Have More Tests?
Frequent quizzes can boost attendance and learning. The New York Times

Top Stories for Friday 11/22

A Third of Schools Saw Scores Fall After Getting Federal Grants
But is it too soon to draw conclusions from the numbers? The Huffington Post

Say Goodbye to Algebra II
Why Texas is dropping the graduation requirement. Education Week

Competition in the Classroom May Not Be a Good Thing
How Japan’s school system could serve as a cautionary tale. The Atlantic

Who Controls U.S. Textbooks?
Why special interest groups are being accused of interference. The Huffington Post

California Concedes to Education Department
Agrees to move forward with new standardized tests. SCPR

Top Stories for Thursday 11/21

Help Wanted: New Campaign for Top Teachers
New Ed. Dept. initiative to attract top students to teaching. The New York Times

Why Philly Schools Are Still Struggling (and Who It’s Hurting)
Despite large private donations Philly schools lack resources. NPR

Career-Oriented Education Vs. the Liberal Arts
Atlantic readers weigh in on the education rivalry. The Atlantic

Is Your State At Risk for K-12 Sequester Cuts?
The states and districts most vulnerable to federal cuts. Education Week

Obama Gets ConnectED
Promotes tech in education, new E-Rate program. USAToday

Top Stories for Wednesday 11/20

Miami Lawmakers File Bill for Gender-Specific Classrooms
Why two legislators are pushing for gender-separate schools. Huffington Post

Just in Time: NY to Shorten Standardized Tests
Following low scores new tests will have fewer questions. WNYC

Massachusetts Won’t Require PARCC Tests in 2015
Plan to take PARCC for “test drive” before committing. Education Week

How Course Selection Is Shaping Student Life
Research shows friendships are formed in the classroom. The Atlantic

Graphing Poverty in the Classroom
How income impacts students’ test scores in four graphs. The Huffington Post

Top Stories for Tuesday 11/19

Duncan Under Fire for "Clumsy Phrasing"
"White suburban moms" comment causes uproar. The Washington Post

Great Teachers Vs. Class Size: What’s the Secret?
Report suggests excellent instructors trump small class sizes. The Atlantic

Kentucky’s Core May Be Headed to Court
Activist files lawsuit challenging the Common Core in KY. Education Week

Obama to Unveil New $100 Million Competition for High Schools
The goal? To find improve college and career readiness. The Wall Street Journal

What’s the Goal of the Honor Roll?
Why one mom is demanding her son be removed from the list. The Huffington Post

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