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Remainders: Teachers unions giving big to political committees

  • The nation’s two major teachers unions are both giving big to Super PAC political funds. (Teacher Beat)
  • State Chancellor Merryl Tisch said new requirements won’t water down a N.Y. diploma. (SchoolBook)
  • New studies suggest major downsides to introducing algebra too early. (Curriculum Matters)
  • Dan Brown’s mom describes getting students excited (too briefly) about Shakespeare. (Get in the Fracas)
  • Michael Albertson gives a teacher’s take on Flushing High School’s turnaround hearing. (GS Community)
  • And Lehman High School student Ubayed Muhith offers another defense of his school. (SchoolBook)
  • In D.C., a move is afoot to let charter schools narrow their now-citywide zones. (D.C. Schools Insider)
  • Diane Ravitch now says she was too charitable when she said the state forgot a test promise. (DR’s Blog)
  • A feature called “Kids Draw The News” starts with a call for art about a sports club brawl. (City Room)
  • The UFT says a change to a charter network’s structure effectively creates a new school system. (Edwize)
  • A teacher lists 40 strategies for teaching English language skills to diverse learners. (Tween Teacher)
  • Math teachers are looking for support to help them create instructional videos. (Kickstarter via Eduwonk)