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Few L.A. teachers get bad ratings, trial documents show

More instructors than ever are being evaluated in detail in the Los Angeles Unified School District and only a small percentage are being rated as substandard, according to testimony Wednesday in litigation aimed at reducing teacher job protections.  The results of a…

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Maryland graduation rate rises to 85 percent

Maryland's high school graduation rate has been climbing steadily for the past four years and reached nearly 85 percent — far above the national average — this past June, according to data released Tuesday. More students from every corner of the…

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Political rivals find common ground Over Common Core

Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning. But there's growing backlash to Common Core,…

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Obama calls for more high-quality pre-K – again

President Barack Obama renewed his call for expanded access to high-quality preschool in his State of the Union tonight, saying that more early childhood education is crucial to having a dynamic, educated workforce. He also said he will form a coalition…

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Some waiver states feel squeeze on Common-Core tests

As states continue to debate their participation in the two large testing consortia associated with the common-core standards, those with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are getting a reminder from the U.S. Department of Education that dropping out requires an official…

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A culture of deceit in Columbus schools

Former Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris surrounded herself with cheaters, and then nurtured and protected them. The findings of an 18-month state investigation released yesterday tell a story of a superintendent who presided over a culture in which administrators lost sight of…

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