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Big Stories Of The Day (July 5)

Many teachers dubious of merit pay Boston Globe
Merit pay tied to student test scores seems all the rage in some educational [and journalistic] circles, but many teachers think it's an idea whose time hasn't come.

In School Takeover, Newark Union Tries to Prove It’s Part of the Solution NYT
The powerful Newark Teachers Union is telling as many as a dozen teachers at the troubled Newton Street School that they have to leave because they do not fit in with a plan to improve the school.

U.S. OKs Pilot ‘Growth Models’ for Last 2 States EdWeek
Arizona and Alaska will participate in the pilot project to measure student progress.

Ruling empowers parents of special-ed students Houston Chronicle
A recent Supreme Court ruling strengthens the rights of parents with special-needs children, saying they can fight their own cases — without high-priced lawyers or fear of getting into trouble for practicing law without a license.

Advanced Displacement Daily Harold (Chicago Reader)
What an AP saw at an AP test.

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