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Rise & Shine: City, state ignored warning signs on state tests

News from New York City:

  • City and state officials ignored warning signs of flaws in state tests for years. (Times)
  • Shuang Wen School is asking parents to pay tuition for its mandatory Mandarin classes. (NY1)
  • Ross Global Charter, which got the city’s lowest report card score, is recruiting students. (Daily News)
  • The Children’s School, which serves high-needs special ed students, ranked third in the city. (NY1)
  • Some Queens students are being bussed outside of their districts because of overcrowding. (Daily News)
  • As schools adopt new common standards, students will start to read more non-fiction. (WNYC)
  • Schools haven’t yet received any of the profits from the city’s new vending machines. (Post, Daily News)
  • New York has some of the U.S.’s least equitably-funded schools, a new report says. (WNYC, Daily News)
  • Ross Douthat endorses a school funding model where money follows students. (Times)
  • The Post blasts Suzi Oppenheimer for refusing to hold hearings on how state tests got so easy to pass.
  • A Staten Island middle school student was bullied and beaten for being Muslim. (Post)
  • Many school sports events are being held without security in violation of DOE rules. (Daily News)
  • The schoolkids featured in “Waiting for ‘Superman'” met President Obama yesterday. (Daily News, Post)
  • A district school teacher defends the movie from critics who say education is not in crisis. (Daily News)

And beyond:

  • Buffalo is re-submitting its plan to use federal funds to improve its most struggling schools. (Buffalo News)
  • A New Jersey school district has gotten rid of “D” grades and requires students to get a “C” to pass. (NPR)
  • Robert Bobb is proposing a New Orleans-style dual school system for Detroit. (Michigan Citizen)
  • NOLA schools run by its school board are outperforming the Recovery School District. (Times Picayune)
  • Some Boston parents are upset at the city’s plan to close six public schools. (Boston Globe)
  • The U.S. Department of Ed’s civil rights office received the most complaints this year in a decade. (AP)
  • Investigations into cheating on Georgia state tests has focused attention on Atlanta public schools. (NPR)

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