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News and Analysis
If you blinked you might have missed it: The U.S. House of Representatives gave quick and quiet approval to a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Education Science Reform Act, with an eye toward making federal K-12 research more relevant and timely for those out in the field. (Education Week)
The U.S. Department of Education told state chiefs today that it will grant extensions on their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, without taking into account how each state is progressing when it comes to teacher evaluation. (Education Week)
New Jersey
Education has been undergoing numerous attempts at reform, from the revision of the SAT to the implementation of Common Core standards in almost all 50 states. However, several teachers are quite unhappy with the former, insisting that an increased emphasis on standardized tests is the last thing the education system needs right now. (NJ Newsroom)
Voters in New Jersey’s biggest city and capital city are set to elect new mayors this week to replace caretakers who stepped in after the previously elected mayors left office. (NBC Philadelphia)
North Carolina
Both business and teacher groups support the new plan to increase teacher pay in North Carolina, which was announced by Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday morning, although some still offered caution and hoped for more details. (NC Spin)


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