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Rise & Shine: Budget cuts could eliminate most Regents exams

News from New York City:

  • PTAs at 26 schools have raised more than $2 million this year to pay for extra teachers aides. (Post)
  • The Board of Regents is considering eliminating 13 Regents exams to save money. (Daily News,Post)
  • Parents say the Joel Klein-Eva Moskowitz e-mails should stop school closures for now. (Daily News)
  • State Sen. Bill Perkins is at odds with many of his Harlem constituents on education policy. (Times)
  • A member of the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board says the teachers union should get out of Harlem.
  • A teacher is in the rubber room after being accused of choking a student at Life Academy HS. (Post)
  • Students at the Brooklyn charter school that parents say is too strict earn top test scores. (Post)
  • Parents and students protested against the impending closures of Catholic schools. (Daily News)
  • Students from Samuel Gompers HS competed in a memory competition this weekend. (Daily News)
  • This year’s Penny Harvest change drive will collect funds for Haiti. (NY1)
  • Bob Herbert backs the New York Civil Liberties Union’s safety lawsuit against the city schools. (Times)

And beyond:

  • Some think teachers can be made better with a new kind of teacher education. (Times)
  • Others argue that teaching is an innate skill, so more bad teachers should be fired. (Newsweek)
  • Ed Sec Arne Duncan said states shouldn’t change schools policy just for money. (GothamSchools, Post)
  • The Daily News says New York should still make changes to increase its Race to the Top chances.
  • The Wall Street Journal says Race to the Top will fail because it’s trying to be all things to all people.
  • Duncan is in Selma, Ala., today to unveil stepped-up civil rights initiatives. (Times, Wall Street Journal)
  • President Obama’s warm response to the Central Falls mass teacher firing was “tough love.” (Times)
  • Similar mass firings where teachers had to reapply for their jobs have helped some schools. (USA Today)
  • Educational and fiscal imperatives compete in districts’ move to four-day weeks. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Readers weigh in on Diane Ravitch’s changing education policy positions. (Times)
  • A Boston Globe columnist argues against the current drive toward national standards.

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