1. When Arne Duncan became education secretary, he vowed to close or revamp 1,000 schools a year for 5 years. The result: activists across the country recently converged on the U.S. Department of Education demanding that the shutdowns be stopped.
  2. North Dakota has merged the NEA and AFT, following the lead of Florida, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and Wisconsin.
  3. It all of New York’s districts don’t comply with new teacher evaluation methods, the state could lose $700 million in federal funds.
  4. L.A. teachers have okayed an evaluation system that will employ raw test scores, high school exit tests, and other measures of student performance.
  5. D.C. is considering punishing parents of students who skip 10 or more days of school a year. Last year, 17.5% of the city’s 5- to 17-year-olds had 11 or more unexcused absences.
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