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Notes from the news, Aug. 6

By Wendy Harris on Aug 6, 2012 07:53 AM

notes from the news imageAP Interview: Duncan on reform and back to school AP via Inquirer
Many changes have taken place over the last three years, including more states signing on to adopt the Common Core standards, widespread state waivers from the No Child Left Behind law, and billions of dollars poured into overhauling low-performing schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that when the school year starts, students will see the effects of these reforms. 

Report has public-school advocates enraged. But why? Daily News Editorial
The opinion piece says that critics of the Boston Consulting Group report have distorted its findings, perhaps distracting from the more troubling trends that the report identifies as potential pitfalls to the District.

Phila's new school superintendent hopes to bring change 6ABC
William Hite talked with parents and students at the District's fifth annual Back to School Education Extravangaza.

Camden school board reviewing 'Renaissance' school plans Inquirer
Proposals to open up to 12 charter-like "Renaissance" schools could divert millions of dollars and nearly 40 percent of Camden's student population into privately run public schools.

Lessons on portfolio management, here and elsewhere Notebook
Research for Action released an issue brief on portfolio managment that examines the model in New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans.

Books boys can't resist Notebook
Notebook blogger Samuel Reed talks about how to encourage boys to read and shares reflections from attending the 27th annual Children's Literature Conference at Shenandoah University.

Theobald the likely choice for next Temple president Inquirer
Education and finance expert Neil Theobald, who spent the bulk of his academic career in Indiana, is the sole candidate for the top position.

See also: Dr. Neil Theobald Could Be Temple University’s 10th President CBS Philly
High marks for Temple candidate Inquirer
Indiana administrator is finalist to lead Temple U AP via WPVI

Federal Grants Awarded to Boost School Results Philadelphia Tribune via Politics 365

Back to School: Kids Should See More Snow Days than Last Year Accuweather.com

News Summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

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