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August 20, 2013 05:36 pm

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For the three high-risk states placed on “high-risk status” last week, losing their No Child Left Behind Act waiver is probably the ultimate penalty. But it’s not the only penalty that US Department of Education has at its disposal. Politics K-12

August marks a time of significant changes for students returning to school from a summer recess and for politicians embarking on theirs to visit with constituents. Teachers, principals, and students will feel the effect of new technology and standards in classrooms. But will policymakers see enough of what’s happening in classrooms to make needed changes in the education system? Alliance president Bob Wise writes onHigh School Soup 

Last year about 1 million of the nation’s poorest children got a leg up on school through Head Start, the federal program that helps prepare children up to age five for school. This fall, about 57,000 children will be denied a place in Head Start and Early Head Start as fallout from sequestration. Stateline

In America, parents hire a tutor when their students are falling behind or are trying to ace certain admissions tests, like the ACT or SAT. The same is true in Hong Kong, but there, tutors maintain a celebrity status. Students take a single rigorous entrance exam for admittance into Hong Kong’s universities, and tutors make all the difference. New York Times

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