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This is the first year that schools will publish student test scores tied to the Common Core initiative. Critics argue that implementing these new standards cause overtesting that rob teachers and students of valuable teaching time. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Partnership for Inner-City Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho. (PBS Newshour)
When it comes to building wealth, whites have a vast advantage over their black and Hispanic peers. Writing at Demos, Matt Bruenig dug into the Federal Reserve’s latest Survey on Consumer Finances and found a huge wealth gap by race and ethnicity. (Vox)
But principals who are grading them were more enthusiastic about the new system. (Baltimore Sun)
New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t waving pompoms during his visit to Camden Wednesday, but he has become a cheerleader for the beleaguered city. (Courier Post)
New York
The city’s Department of Education is updating its social studies curriculum for the first time in nine years, and Chancellor Carmen Fariña made it clear she wants the subject to get more attention. (WNYC)


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