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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Thursday that states could delay the use of test results in teacher-performance ratings by another year, an acknowledgment, in effect, of the enormous pressures mounting on the nation’s teachers because of new academic standards and more rigorous standardized testing. “I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools,” Duncan wrote in a blog post. Source: The New York Times

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A Superior Court judge on Thursday overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by the North Carolina Association of Educators, the North Carolina School Boards Association and dozens of local school boards. Source: WRAL.com

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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. His statements reflected conversations that I have heard from fellow teachers across the country. But here's the big question: Will his announcement really bring about change?
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A recent webinar suggested tips to improve community and family engagement in education.
Original author: Jackie Mader
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What do you do when you find yourself down on the track while the race goes on without you? We all trip and fall. The question is what comes next?

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Heather Dorniden, now Kampf, is a highly decorated runner with an impressive string of accomplishments. But what’s most impressive was the time she won first place in the 600 meter dash—after falling flat on her face.

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Original author: Michael Hyatt
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