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Conservatives should “stop the fight” over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans. (Huffington Post)
On Thursday, Secretary Duncan took what I believe is an important step in the right direction when he announced that states will be given additional flexibility and more time to get evaluation right. Since I wrote about this topic just last week, Rick generously gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts on the announcement. (Education Week)
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis continued her public contemplation of a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday night, using a community meeting in Little Village to rail against his policies. (Chicago Tribune)
New Jersey
Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. (Politicker NJ)
New York
There was a big to-do recently in New York when new standardized testing results were released and the controversial Success Academies charter chain received very high scores. What, exactly, do the scores really tell us about the schools? Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Washington D.C.-based Albert Shanker Institute, explains. This post appeared on the institute’s blog. (Washington Post)



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