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Rise & Shine: Schools open under specter of Newtown shooting

  • Schools across the country prepare to reopen after Friday’s school shooting. (Times, WSJ, USA Today)
  • A former education secretary called for school officials to be armed; many disagreed with him. (HuffPo)
  • Nationally, the murder rate of students at schools is about half of what it was in the 1990s. (Bloomberg)
  • Teachers at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary made heroic efforts to protect students. (Post, CNN)
  • Winerip lists 25 things to know about first-graders besides that they were targeted in Newtown. (Times)

In other news:

  • State officials fear that scores could fall as far as Kentucky’s did with tougher tests, by 30 percent. (Post)
  • A special ed teacher at Brooklyn’s P.S. 371 has netted $20,000 in small donations since 2007. (Post)
  • New data released by the city show class size increases in all grades. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook)
  • A program at a Bronx Boys and Girls Club highlights the possibilities of strong sex education. (Times)
  • Final recommendations from Gov. Cuomo’s education reform commission are late. (GothamSchools)
  • The Post says people who fail an exam that’s the subject of a lawsuit shouldn’t be allowed to teach.
  • Plans to close a sixth of Philadelphia’s schools for budget reasons are drawing protests. (Notebook)

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