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A judge said the state discriminates against poor and minority students by protecting the jobs of ineffective instructors. What will this mean for education? (The Atlantic)
In case you weren’t sure what to think about last week’s verdict in the “Vergara trial” — in which a Los Angeles judge tossed out state statutes giving job protections to teachers — Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a new statement Sunday offering what he thinks are the “right lessons” from the case. (Washington Post)
Backlash reigns in schools nationwide after the introduction of Common Core standards. Critics say they are overly difficult, but others say they challenge students to become better thinkers. (New York Times)
Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday. (New York Times)
New York
A charter school network’s plan to double in size over the next few years could reignite a war over classroom space in New York City, only this time with the ground rules already tilted against the mayor. (New York Times)


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