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Common Science Standards Slow to Catch On in States
Preoccupation with implementing the common core for math and literacy is an oft-cited obstacle to adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? Researchers Say Yes
The days when kindergarten focused on playing and finger painting may be waning, according to a new University of Virginia study.
(Inside School Research)
Time for an Education Reformation
The drive that advanced the Protestant Reformation should give educators hope and inspiration for their own push to shake up American schools, Clarke L. Rubel says.
(Education Week)
Surge in New Charter Schools Worries N.C. Educators
The number of charters may soon double in North Carolina, thanks to new laws lifting the state's charter cap and easing other restrictions on the schools.
(Education Week)

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$100 Million High School-Redesign Competition Nets 275 Applications
The U.S. Department of Labor's new Youth CareerConnect grants, which will range from $2 million to $7 million, will be awarded in the spring.
( Politics K-12)
Kentucky Withdraws From PARCC Testing Consortium
Kentucky had been uncertain for many months about whether it would use the PARCC tests for common standards.
(Curriculum Matters)
Maine High Court Backs Transgender Student on Restroom Choice
(The School Law Blog)
Supreme Court Declines to Take Up School Bullying Case
(The School Law Blog)
New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports
(Curriculum Matters)
Coming Soon: Ed. Dept.'s 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy
(Politics K-12)
Newark Superintendent's Plans for District Spark Backlash
(District Dossier)
Teacher-College Group Unveils Legislation for Fellowship Programs
(Teacher Beat)
Virginia Governor in Hot Water With Textbook Spat
(State EdWatch)
Organizations Speak Out Against 'Friday Night Tykes'
(Schooled in Sports)
Turning School Chance Into School Choice
(Of, By, For)
Understanding Educational Research
(Walt Gardner's Reality Check)
Does Poverty Explain American School Performance?
(View From the Bronx)
The Big Apple's Chance to Course-Correct on Testing
(Rick Hess Straight Up)
Datapalooza: How the Government Is Easing the College Process
(Reimagining K-12)
1. 2014 State of the Union: A Recap for Busy Teachers (Teaching Now Blog)
2. Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age
3. Obama Sells Race to Top, Early-Childhood Education in State of the Union (Politics K-12 Blog)
4. Statistics: The New 'It' Common-Core Subject (Commentary)
5. Acculturating Students to Time-Limited Writing

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