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N.C. Gov. McCrory's 2014 priorities: Energy, education, Medicaid

The three Es on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's 2013 priority list have been replaced this year by two Es and an M. During his State of the State address a year ago, McCrory said he would focus on improving North Carolina's economy and education system and promoting efficiency in state government. On Tuesday, he held an hour-long news conference at the Executive Mansion to outline his 2014 agenda, naming energy production, educational improvement and Medicaid reform as his top priorities.

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The future of education was invented in 1906

Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure things out on their own, and they’ll not only learn better, but be more passionate. The frustrating part of the story is precisely this: they try to connect age-old insights about education to, somehow, a story about techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools.

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Indiana bill would allow guns in cars at schools

A bill by Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.

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Tennessee education committee chairs carrying for-profit charter bill

Under current law, the privately run publicly funded schools can contract out services, but are banned from hiring for-profit companies to operate or manage the school.

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Report shows Ann Arbor schools community wants more communication, equity solutions

A desire for more communication from Ann Arbor schools leaders with the community at large is one of several overriding major issues Superintendent Jeanice Swift found in the district in her first four months on the job.

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School grades to stay, Florida education chief says

Commissioner Pam Stewart said flatly Tuesday that she is opposed to a request from local schools chiefs that the state suspend the issuance of school grades while grappling with new, controversial learning benchmarks and bringing in new statewide exams to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Citing concerns, Texas Education Agency monitors to visit Dallas ISD’s low-performing schools

The monitors will arrive Monday, Feb. 10, and leave Friday, Feb. 14. They are also visiting other Texas school districts in the coming weeks, said TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson.

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Decision to keep NYC schools open gets icy reception

Parents also had mixed emotions about the decision to keep schools open being made around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

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Money does matter in child's education

Education resources that cost money including class-size reduction or higher teacher salaries — are linked positively with student outcomes. Things costing money benefit students, and there's little convincing evidence to suggest there are more cost-effective alternatives.

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Top-down federal standards will doom our education system

These untested common standards will lead to standardized curriculum effectively pigeonholing students for a fixed role in society via a matrix of evaluations and examinations maintained in a database that will follow each student through adulthood.

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