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Rise & Shine: Plan to lengthen state tests is back on the table

News from New York City:

  • The state is set to propose lengthening annual exams, but not to four hours as threatened. (Times)
  • A teacher’s aide with cancer has filed the first suit over toxic contamination at P.S. 51. (Daily News, NY1)
  • A former teacher who has been active in Occupy protests resigned as an investigation began. (Post)
  • The city completed its annual list of schools it aims to close. (GothamSchools, Times, NY1, WSJ, Post)
  • A Bronx high school where students complained about irregular instruction is on the list. (Daily News)
  • So is a Bronx school where students had lobbied for years for additional resources. (GothamSchools)
  • And so is a Brooklyn secondary school for boys that hadn’t been warned it could close. (GothamSchools)
  • The City Council voted to overrule Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a bill constraining contractor use. (WSJ)
  • Ginia Bellafante: A two-year-old lawsuit alleging abuse at Poly Prep is roiling the private school. (Times)
  • The Daily News said the city made the right choices when picking which schools to close and shrink.

And beyond:

  • Two supporters of the “Broader, Bolder Approach” call for attention to poverty’s effects in schools. (Times)
  • In Newark, calls are growing for the state to cede control of the school district after 16 years. (Times)
  • A survey of what has happened around the country when states have taken over school districts. (Times)
  • An exchange aimed to bridge differences between urban and suburban schools in Chicago. (Tribune)
  • Michael Winerip: Schools on military bases got better NAEP scores than other public schools. (Times)
  • New Orleans charter schools are angry that the school board voted to cut budgets. (Times-Picayune)
  • Texas schools are trying to quantify just how much they have lost to annual budget cuts. (Times)
  • Boston’s public schools have unequal facilities that don’t correlate to academic performance. (Globe)
  • A growing group of online tutors, such as Sal Khan, are becoming celebrities in the real world. (Times)

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