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Quality Counts 2012
Assessment looms large even beyond the U.S., while other accountability measures also flourish.
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Judge Upholds Indiana School Voucher Law
(January 17, 2012, Associated Press)
Supreme Court Declines Cases on Student Internet Speech
(January 17, 2012, The School Law Blog)
(January 17, 2012, Teacher Beat Blog)
Expansion in Pre-K Programs Curtailed in Recession
(January 17, 2012, Associated Press)
(January 17, 2012, Full Frame Blog)
(January 17, 2012, On Special Education Blog)
(January 13, 2012, College Bound Blog)
Across Idaho, Schools Plan for Technology Upgrades
(January 17, 2012, Associated Press)

(January 14, 2012, John Wilson Unleashed Blog)
(January 17, 2012, Rick Hess Straight Up Blog)
(January 16, 2012, Coach G's Teaching Tips Blog)
What Value Did the Chetty Study Add?
(January 17, 2012, Bridging Differences Blog)
(January 15, 2012, Living in Dialogue Blog)

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History books are superficial deliverers of factoids and are largely devoid of opportunities for kids to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of class struggles.

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