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December 11, 2012 05:36 pm

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It’s well known that if Congress fails to pass budget-slimming plan by the end of the year, manadatory cuts will take place that will affect the federal education system. There will be 8.2% budget cuts to education programs. Unfortunately, lower income and rural schools will disproportionality take on the burden of the cuts. Washington Post

In yesterday’s Washington Post Live event, the Montgomery County Superintendent, Joshua Starr, called for a three-year moratorium on standardized tests. Washington Post

First there was “Flip This House,” now there’s “flip this classroom.” Educators around the nation are embracing a new pedagogy that shifts the traditional classroom paradigm: students watch lectures at home and do homework in school. NPR

It seems every other day we hear news of America lagging in one subject area or another compared to other countries. Today is another one of those days. According to test results released Tuesday, American 4th and 8th-grade students lag in math and science, behind several East Asian and some European countries. New York Times

A new program – similar in makeup to an ‘urban Peace Corps’ – is designed to prevent students from dropping out of high school. New college graduates work for 10 months in high-need areas of the nation to keep students in school. PBS Newshour

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