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Charter school enrollment climbs 13 percent

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In the 2013-14 school year, nearly 300,000 more students entered public charter schools, 600 more charters opened, and total charter enrollment increased 13 percent to account for more than 2.5 million children.
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Sidestepping the Common Core standards debate

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CHICAGO – You’ve got to give Mike Petrilli credit for repeatedly coming out to debate Common Core while most of its supporters hide behind snarky jabs at parents or dodges like renaming the hotly contested national curriculum and testing mandates.
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Common Core even affects letter grades

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CHICAGO – National curriculum mandates are influencing schools across the country in myriad ways, big and small. One not-so-obvious change is that Common Core standards can influence how teachers grade student work.
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Feds may raise phone taxes to fund Common Core test-taking

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration may raise taxes on everyone’s phone lines by about $5 per year to increase K-12 tech subsidies because most schools cannot administer the computerized Common Core tests coming out in 2015.
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Time to make teaching a real profession

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CHICAGO – Teachers have somehow gotten themselves exempt from public accountability as a profession, such as the independent requirements doctors, nurses, accountants, and others must meet.
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Commentary: Students spend a lot more time with electronic gadgets than homework

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From news service reports

CHICAGO – Teachers unions offer a lot of excuses for low academic achievement in schools. They blame it on parents, poverty, cultural differences, or a lack of school funding. But could it be that schools simply don’t have high enough expectations, and don’t challenge students enough?
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Bill would withdraw Georgia from Common Core

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ATLANTA – A lawmaker has filed a bill that would withdraw Georgia from Common Core national education standards and prohibit personal information that tests collect from being shared outside the state.
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