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Rise & Shine: Wistfully recalling an era of test-less kindergarten

  • In an advisory vote, a Manhattan community board called for major checks on mayoral control. (Post)
  • A Brooklyn assistant principal was among several arrested for running a car theft ring. (Post, Daily News)
  • Individual members of the city and state teachers unions can elect to turn their dues into donations. (Post)
  • The Post describes the grad rate rise under Bloomberg, attributing it to his shutting down failing schools.
  • At one small high school, Bronx Lab, students write 80-pages novellas before they graduate. (Post)
  • A Post columnist says he hopes a state labor board soon decertifies the union at two charter schools.
  • Citing GothamSchools, Jay Mathews says the AFT’s Innovation Fund is a good sign. (Washington Post)
  • With its academic focus, kindergarten these days just isn’t fun, says writer Peggy Orenstein. (Times)
  • In D.C. and elsewhere, the poorest kids are still taught by the greenest teachers. (Washington Post)
  • Former Ed Sec Margaret Spellings says recent NAEP scores show NCLB is working. (Washington Post)
  • British teachers are voting on whether to boycott upcoming standardized testing. (BBC)
  • After an L.A. Times story, California officials are seeking a law to ease teacher firings. (L.A. Times)
  • The Washington Post pans a move by the D.C. Council to take school power from the mayor.