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The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school. They overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree. (New York Times)
The eight states that have staunchly resisted charter laws could shrink in number after midterm elections Nov. 4. That, combined with forceful advocacy efforts, could help push the holdouts toward embracing the publicly funded, independently operated schools. (Education Week)
New Jersey
But committee chairman thinks changes more likely to come in administrative code rather than through the law. (NJ Spotlight)
New York
Higher standards for teachers and competition from charter schools are needed to advance New York’s underperforming education system, Gov. Cuomo said during a meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board. (NY Daily News)
Rhode Island
As mayor of Cumberland, Dan McKee may not be the best-known Rhode Island leader. But he has quietly and bravely spearheaded some remarkable changes from that position, particularly in the area of reforming the state’s struggling public education system. Given Rhode Island’s desperate need for courageous change agents, we enthusiastically endorse him for lieutenant governor. (Providence Journal)


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