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Top Stories for Thursday 4/17

How Will The New SAT Test Vocab?
The redesigned SAT will focus on ‘high utility’ words. What exactly does that mean?

Choosing Sides At Northwestern
Last month’s vote to allow a union causes friction. The New York Times

Opposing Views on Teacher Tenure
Calif. case outcome could become example for other states. The New York Times

Common Core Aligned With Cognitive Issues
Field tests for students with disabilities administered. Education Week

Indiana Rushes to Make New Deadline
First state to drop Common Core to approve new standards. The Huffington Post

Pay It Forward Tuition
New idea could allow students to go to college for free. NPR

Top Stories for Wednesday 3/12

Will the Common Core Spell the End of the Letter Grade?
How standards-based grading could revolutionize assessment. The Atlantic

NYC Building Collapses
Middle school shaken by nearby explosion. The New York Times

School Lunches Transformed
How one fed up parent is making big change. Education Week

Charter School Supporters Aren't Giving Up
Thousands protested De Blasio’s decision in Albany. Education Week

Foreign Students Struggle in Universities
American colleges try to keep foreign students enrolled. The New York Times

Are For-Profit Schools Taking Advantage of Students?
States work to correct for-profit school oversights. Hechinger Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 1/28

State of the Union: Obama Expected to Address PreK
Expansion of PreK programs will be part of “year of action.” NPR

Do Tenure Laws Fail Students?
California’s landmark teacher tenure trial begins. Hechinger Report

Should the Federal Govt. Fund School Choice?
GOP proposal positions choice as answer to inequality. The Washington Post

Student-Date Breaches Raise Alarm
Recent trouble and public outrage have led to action. Education Week

D.C. Teacher of the Year to Attend State of the Union
Kathy Hollowell-Makle will be Michelle Obama’s guest. The Washington Post

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

Top Stories for Tuesday 10/29

Are America’s Copyright Laws Holding Students Back?
Why reading textbooks are so out-of-date. The Atlantic

LA Wants Deasy to Stay
LA Unified Board says Deasy’s upcoming evaluation will be positive. LA School Report

Teaching in Memphis: Is Memphis the Best City in America to Teach In?
That depends on who you talk to. Hechinger Report

New Jersey Exams Leaked
District cancels testing after anonymous  online leak. The New York Times

What Color Is a Great School?
States experiment with new school grading systems. The Washington Post 

Top Stories for Tuesday 10/22

Nevada Teacher to Be Remembered As a Hero
Middle-school math teacher killed in tragic school shooting. NPR 

Texas Textbooks Boot Creationism
Textbook publishers ignore Texas review panel's suggestions. The Huffington Post

NEW Language-Gap Study Bolsters Push for Pre-K
Follow-up to groundbreaking study shows widening gap. The New York Times

Should Affirmative Action Be Class-Based?
Why schools should consider a shift in policy. The Atlantic

How To: Raise College-Attendance Rates for Low-Income Students
Free resource provides key information on financing for higher ed.

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