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California public schools fare poorly in new poll

California’s public schools earned a grade of C or below by voters in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. A majority said schools were in bad shape, and about half said they were getting worse.
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Freakonomics » Forgive Student Loans? Worst Idea Ever.

Freakonomics » Forgive Student Loans? Worst Idea Ever. | Ed News | Scoop.it

Conclusion: Worst. Idea. Ever. And I bet that the proponents can’t find a single economist to support this idiotic idea.

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How Are We Defining College Readiness? – SchoolBook

How Are We Defining College Readiness? – SchoolBook | Ed News | Scoop.it
A former principal of Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy wonders whether the city's standard for college readiness is set too low.
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Newton: Teacher ratings and the public's right to know

Newton: Teacher ratings and the public's right to know | Ed News | Scoop.it
There's a shocking disconnect at work these days in the relationship between the public and government workers: The public is demanding greater accountability, and public employees — social workers, police, teachers, even state legislators — are...
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Student protests disrupt meeting of UC regents

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Student protesters disrupted a University of California regents' meeting as the university board asked for more state funds to avoid a tuition increase next year and bolstered its investigation of the recent pepper-spraying of students at UC Davis .
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In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education : NPR

Many community colleges let students pick and choose classes, but those who sign up at a Tennessee Technology Center have their schedules decided for them.
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Mothers Create a Grammar Guide for the Text Generation – SchoolBook

Mothers Create a Grammar Guide for the Text Generation – SchoolBook | Ed News | Scoop.it
Geraldine Onorato was surprised by the gaps in her son's grammar education, so she and a friend, Donna Harrow, developed a grammar guide suitable for the age of texting and social media.
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Do Multiple Choice Questions Pass the Test? - High School Notes (usnews.com)

Do Multiple Choice Questions Pass the Test? - High School Notes (usnews.com) | Ed News | Scoop.it
Multiple choice tests are pervasive—but are they the best way to measure student achievement?
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California public schools fare poorly in new poll

California’s public schools earned a grade of C or below by voters in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. A majority said schools were in bad shape, and about half said they were getting worse.
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Let’s Get Ready Offers Help for College Admissions

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A free program called Let’s Get Ready gives low-income teenagers help filling out college applications, writing essays, practicing interviews and preparing for the SAT.
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The 'shocking' UC Davis pepper-spray outrage - The Week

The 'shocking' UC Davis pepper-spray outrage - The Week | Ed News | Scoop.it
Police and administrators on a California campus face the scorn of students and faculty after video of a controversial confrontation goes viral...
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How About Better Parents?

How About Better Parents? | Ed News | Scoop.it
Let’s stop putting the burden of education improvements just on teachers. Parents play a huge role in classroom success.
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In Afterword, Ravitch Brings Things Up to Date – SchoolBook

In the afterward of the paperback version of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Diane Ravitch continues her crusade against the school reform movement, reacting to the events, people and ideas of the last year and a...
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What the new NAEP test results really tell us

What the new NAEP test results really tell us | Ed News | Scoop.it
Someone should be printing up a T-shirt about now that says: “My nation spent billions on testing and all I got was a 1-point gain.”...
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Mexicans in New York City Lag in Education

Mexicans in New York City Lag in Education | Ed News | Scoop.it
Mexicans, the fastest-growing major immigrant group in the city, have the highest dropout rate: about 41 percent of Mexicans ages 16 to 19 have dropped out of school.
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TODAYMoms - New anti-bullying trend: Teaching victims to fight back

TODAYMoms - New anti-bullying trend: Teaching victims to fight back | Ed News | Scoop.it

If you found out that bullies were hassling your kid, what would you do? Help him rehearse comeback lines? Or show him how to open a can of whoop-ass, and knock those jerks into next week?
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Public schools, private donations

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If a well-heeled neighborhood of Los Angeles wanted better police protection, would it be OK for the residents to donate money to their local police station so it could assign an extra patrol car to their streets?
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A Call for Lower College Costs

Arne Duncan tells a conference of financial-aid administrators to heed the cries of college families (and protesters) that college is too expensive.
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What Colleges Must Do to Stay Relevant | MindShift

What Colleges Must Do to Stay Relevant | MindShift | Ed News | Scoop.it
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For-Profit Certification for Teachers in Texas Is Booming

For-Profit Certification for Teachers in Texas Is Booming | Ed News | Scoop.it
Online, for-profit alternative certification programs for teachers are becoming more common in Texas despite little more than anecdotal evidence of their success.
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Voters think teachers unions are too powerful, new poll finds

About half of California voters believe that teachers unions are too powerful, a new poll has found. The bipartisan survey, conducted by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times, also found that the...
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Survey finds ethnic divide among voters on DREAM Act

Survey finds ethnic divide among voters on DREAM Act | Ed News | Scoop.it
Many Californians worry that they are being priced out of the state's public university systems, and they object to allowing illegal immigrants the same financial aid that U.S. citizens can receive at the campuses, a new poll has found.
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Five myths about student loans

Five myths about student loans | Ed News | Scoop.it

1. Forgiving student loan debt would help stimulate the economy. 2. All education debt is good debt. 3. If you declare bankruptcy, your student loans go away. and more...

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President Yudof responds to campus protest issues

University of California President Mark G. Yudof today (Nov. 20) announced the actions he is taking in response to recent campus protest issues.

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LAUSD faces suit linking teacher ratings to student performance

LAUSD faces suit linking teacher ratings to student performance | Ed News | Scoop.it
A group of parents and education advocates is preparing to sue the Los Angeles school district, demanding that it follow an arcane 40-year-old law that requires all California school systems to link teacher and principal evaluations to student...
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The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests | Ed News | Scoop.it
Here are the 25 definitive reasons that many teachers oppose high-stakes standardized tests even as they gain more importance in modern school reform.
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Students Born To Illegal Immigrants Sue Over Tuition : NPR

In Florida, resident students who are U.S. citizens but born to illegal immigrants are charged out-of-state rates to attend state colleges and universities.
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