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The National Urban League on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive education campaign to give parents a greater understanding of the Common Core State Standards.  (Education Week)
After more than a year of high-profile and contentious debate over the Common Core State Standards in Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation last month to formally reverse the state’s adoption of the standards. The legislation set the state on course to replace those standards with ones “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers,” the Republican governor proclaimed. (Education Week)
The graduation rates for American high schools have reached 80 percent, according to a report based on statistics from the Department of Education. Jeffrey Brown discusses the milestone and the work that lies ahead with John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, an author of the report. (PBS Newshour)
New York
Education officials blasted a state budget deal that green-lit hundreds of millions of dollars for a new pre-kindergarten funding program, but which they said included few safeguards to ensure money will be properly spent. (Chalkbeat)
We’re delighted to see Mayor de Blasio has finally made good on his promise to do right by all those schoolchildren whose lives he disrupted when he took away the space for the public schools they were planning to attend. (NY Post)


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