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Common Core delay wins BESE approval

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Superintendent John White's plan to delay many consequences of Common Core's tougher mathematics and English standards for two years. The committee vote, likely to be ratified by BESE on Wednesday, followed months…

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The high school guidance counselor shortage

Campbell High School counselor Jamie Ryder’s determined cheer interrupts the half-asleep, early morning silence of a dozen ninth-graders crammed into a small classroom as she launches into a 90-minute talk about their future. This is probably the only time that many of…

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Two States approved for ESEA teacher evaluation extension waiver

Two states—Nevada and Mississippi—will get extra time to implement the teacher-evaluation portion of their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. These are the first two states approved for the so-called "waiver waiver",…

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Red-tape concerns raised on federal high school aid

A new $100 million program aimed at helping high schools better prepare students for college and high-tech careers is getting a divided reaction from advocates worried its value could be undercut by the federal strings and lengthy application form.

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Performance-based test for teachers rolls out

Jaclyn Midgette has no shortage of adjectives to describe a new performance-based licensing test she took as an undergraduate teacher-candidate at East Carolina University: stressful, drawn out, and exhausting, to name a few.

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Common Core yields odd political allegiances

To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement. Republican-on-Republican infighting? Teacher unions linking arms with tea partyers? President Barack Obama working in tandem with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and energy giant Exxon? When it comes to Common…

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Education and transportation funding still issues in Texas

While the state legislature attempted to tackle some of Texas’ biggest issues last session, State Rep. Patricia Harless told Cy-Fair chamber members recently that much still needed to be done. While the state restored $3.4 billion of the $5.4 billion cut…

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