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Afternoon Announcements: Common Core is ‘Arguably the Most Serious Educational Reform of Our Lifetime’

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August 19, 2013 03:53 pm


In a strong editorial, Bill Keller argues that the Common Core is a “arguably the most serious educational reform of our lifetime.” The New York Times

A forum at Idaho State University last week concluded that education and the economy are inextricably linked. “There’s an inseparable link between education and a robust economy,” said Idaho Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna. “If you neglect one, obviously the other will suffer.” Idaho State Journal 

Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’ performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Yahoo! News

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $12.3 million to 35 schools districts in 17 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools. Specifically, the new awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.

Many states have begun to link teachers’ pay to their effectiveness in the classroom. On Friday, Tennessee joined a handful that are taking the idea further: pull the license of teachers whose students consistently fail to improve. The Wall Street Journal


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