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Education and other programs face automatic, across-the-board cuts unless Congress comes up with another plan for the nation's long-term fiscal health.
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To secure the best path forward for staff and students, district leaders new to the job would do well to follow a number of suggestions, write Jonathan Travers and David Rosenberg.
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Tony Bennett resigned Thursday following the revelation that, as Indiana's K-12 chief, he took steps to boost the state grade given to a charter school run by a political donor.
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Judge: Chicago School Closings Can Proceed
(August 1, 2013, District Dossier Blog)
Common Science Standards Ignite Debate at Ky. Public Hearing
(August 1, 2013, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Ed Dept.: Test Consortia Can Have Fewer Than 15 States
(August 2, 2013, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Sorry, Arkansas Schools, You Can't Just Load Up on Guns
(August 2, 2013, Rules for Engagement Blog)
Researchers Pursuing Novel Methods to Diagnose Autism
(August 1, 2013, On Special Education Blog)
PARCC Sees Dip in Confidence Poll of Washington 'Insiders'
(August 1, 2013, Curriculum Matters Blog)

Write Better Curriculum
(August 2, 2013, Global Learning Blog)
Standardized Testing for Colleges: A Necessary Evil?
(August 2, 2013, New Blog: Education Futures)
A Few Thoughts for Aspiring Scholars
(August 2, 2013, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
What Price Racial Diversity?
(August 2, 2013, Walt Gardner's Reality Check Blog)
Gaming Changes Teaching and Learning
(August 1, 2013, Leadership 360 Blog)

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There truly is a short-sighted vision with regard to education. What needs to change is the tendency to cut programs before any reliable longitudinal studies can be produced so as to validate the efficacy and demonstrate the damage that can be produced by cutting its funding.

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States and districts face many barriers when it comes to putting data in the hands of educators. In this Spotlight learn from schools developing research-based alliances that put data into practice and see how data are being delivered to improve classroom instruction.
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1. Teacher Exodus Is No Surprise (Walt Gardner's Reality Check Blog)

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5. ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar (Politics K-12 Blog)

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