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Weekend Reading: Test scores won't count against teacher ratings for four years in New York

Alan Petersime
  • In a big shift, the New York Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evaluations until 2019. (Chalkbeat)
  • A ‘rapid response’ public relations campaign launched to counter criticism of Teach For America. (Washington Post)
  • Chicago teachers vote to authorize a possible strike for the second time since 2012. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Thousands of kids skipped out on standardized tests in Illinois last year. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Education comes out on top in the big spending package Congress just approved. (U.S. News and World Report)
  • As Tennessee’s Race To the Top money dries up, what’s left are mixed feelings about the ramped up teacher evaluations that came with it. (Chalkbeat)
  • Louisville considers raising class sizes to the max to shift teachers to needier schools. (Courier-Journal)
  • Cincinnati parents worry that the school district’s preschool expansion will lead to overcrowding. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Will Ohio decide to grade charter school sponsors just like school districts despite objections? (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Lonny Rivera, son of a migrant worker, picked as Ohio’s interim state superintendent. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • A former Arizona lawmaker is the pick to become Colorado education commissioner. (Chalkbeat)
  • Only one fourth-grader in Detroit’s lowest-performing schools passed Michigan’s new state math exam. (Detroit Free Press)
  • Jack Lessenberry: Detroit’s public school system is slowly dying. (Michigan Radio)
  • Newark schools cut a deal with federal officials to halt an investigation into alleged civil rights violations. (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • Districts across the country got a terror threat this week. Los Angeles drew criticism for being the only one to shut down. (L.A. Times)
  • Read the email that shut down schools in L.A., now considered a hoax. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Investors vote down an executive pay plan for K12, the operator of online charter schools. (BuzzFeed)
  • Why for-profit charter schools are on the decline. (Slate)
  • The graduation rate in the U.S. ticked up to 82 percent. (AP)
  • Schools are often more segregated than their neighborhoods, new research finds. (New York Times)
  • Go inside some of the programs that are trying to mint more black male teachers. (Hechinger Report)
  • Dozens of people with links to a sweeping test-fixing scandal in India have died under mysterious circumstances. (Guardian)
  • One teacher’s take on what works with group work — and what doesn’t for him, despite what’s in vogue. (NYC Educator)

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