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Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.

Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
What if a surgeon’s medical license could be taken away based on an error-prone statistical formula that ranked his abilities on a scale of 1 to 5, based on the success (or failure) of a small number of the operations he performed? Or imagine if a lawyer could lose her membership to the bar because a statistical estimate of her success predicted that she would lose the majority of her cases next year.
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Congraduation! The Average 2014 College Graduate Leaves with $33k in Debt

Congraduation! The Average 2014 College Graduate Leaves with $33k in Debt
Even after adjusting for inflation, the average 2014 college graduate has twice as much debt as their 1994 counterparts. Just 20 years. This year's newest members of the work force (or slaves to more debt in grad school) wrestled the title of "Most Indebted Class in U.S. History" from last year's reigning champs. Yay school!
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Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It

Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It
Connecticut and Rhode Island have a few similarities, but their approach to public education is not one of them. Where Connecticut's Supreme Court has strengthened access to public education, Rhode Island has cut it, leaving a disparity that will only grow in time.
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Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision

Like a Racist, Bad Houseguest, Segregation Stuck Around for 60 Years After the Brown Decision
Brown v. Board of Education ended the official policy of segregation, but that doesn't mean that we, as a country, aren't still living in a 2-tiered class system. Much more needs to be done before separate-but-equal is truly a thing of the past.
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VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest

VIDEO: Newark Students Stage Dramatic Board of Education Protest
Newark high school students staged an all-night sit-in at the Board of Education on Tuesday into Wednesday. They came with a list of demands for Cami Anderson, including her immediate resignation, but Chris Christie appointee wasn't interested. The students stayed at the meeting much longer than she did.
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KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit

KY Gov Deliberately Starving Teachers' Pensions, Says Lawsuit
An upcoming lawsuit by the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) claims Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear and his right wing friends in the General Assembly are starving the state's teachers' pensions. The most recent state budget has about half of what the KTRS asked for to keep the pensions solvent.
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Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises

Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises
Charter schools were sold to the American people as a more efficient and dynamic form of education. The reality as shown in several new studies is much different than we were told, with charters spending less per student and more rife with fraud than the public system.
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Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question

Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question
When members of the U.S. House of Representatives consider, beginning today, a bill to incentivize the expansion of charter schools, you can expect there to be a lot of heat but not very much light in their discussion of the need for more of these institutions.
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Shocker: Fewer Than 1 in 5 Public School Teachers are Nonwhite

Shocker: Fewer Than 1 in 5 Public School Teachers are Nonwhite
U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.
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CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests

CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has a spotty history — and lots of advisers with industry ties — when it comes to the state's implementation of federal Common Core education initiative. His latest "mistruths" revolve around a parent's right to opt their children out of the standardized testing, as well as who's responsible for this in the first place.
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