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Math Common Core Lead Writers Release ‘Publishers’ Criteria’ to Aid Teachers in Material Selection

The lead writers of the math common core have released a 20-page document to aid high school teachers in choosing instructional materials that align with the common-core standards, Education Week reports. A revision to the K-8 guideline, based on feedback from districts already employing the criteria, was also released.

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Sex Education Not Allowed in Church-Owned Public School Buildings

Public school students studying in church-owned buildings have to go off campus for sex education, reports the New York Daily News. For students like those at Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Williamsburg, which rents its space in a church, students must make a 15-minute walk to an alternative location for city mandated sex […]

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A School Reform Bus Rides into the Bronx

A+NYC, a collective of New York City community groups disappointed with the education policies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, has been on a cross-borough school reform bus tour, reports the Norwood News. From the group’s tricked-out blue bus, members have been publicizing a school reform agenda to mayoral candidate hopefuls and the community, as well […]

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UK Classroom Unions Vote ‘No Confidence’ in Education Secretary Michael Gove

At the annual meeting of the National Union of Teachers, one of the largest classroom unions in the UK, delegates passed a vote of no confidence in Education Secretary, Michael Gove, the Guardian reports. The union is asking Gove to resign, claiming in the motion that he has left teachers demoralized. A week before, the […]

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Political division as PEP shutters more schools

At last night’s Panel for Education Policy meeting and vote on 53 proposals – a mix of phase-outs, closings and co-locations at NYC Public Schools – division among the panel members was clear.

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A Candid and Controversial Look at School Reform

“The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Diane Ravitch’s 20th book, reflects on her shift from conservative to more liberal views on education. However, she makes the point toward the end of the book that she never changed her fundamental ideology of education — mainly that everyone should be afforded a high-quality education. What changed is her view of how to reach that goal.

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