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A package of K-12 changes, largely orchestrated by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, will dramatically expand families' access to aid for private school tuition.
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As gubernatorial campaigns heat up around the country, K-12 policy feeds into the fight, though specifics vary state to state.
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Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?
(April 12, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Study Asks: Is There An Ideal Amount of Recess?
(April 12, 2012, Inside School Research Blog)
Measure to Allow Teachers to Pray With Students
(April 13, 2012, Associated Press)

School-by-School vs. System Reform
(April 12, 2012, Top Performers Blog)
(April 13, 2012, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
(April 13, 2012, Walt Gardner's Reality Check Blog)
(April 12, 2012, Finding Common Ground Blog)
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Announcing the next selection for the Education Week Teacher Book Club: "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children. In this title, Lisa Delpit delves into the school factors that have contributed to the achievement gap.
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2. Curriculum Matters Blog: Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?

3. Commentary: Does the Common Core Matter?

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5. Chicago Charter Schools Struggle to Serve Special Ed. Students

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