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In case you missed it: Truancy, NCLB, tiger moms

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Suit targets Lebanon School District’s fines for truancy The Patriot-News
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and NAACP have filed suit against the Lebanon School District for unjust truancy policies with fines and jail time that have exceeded state law.

Obama on No Child Left Behind: Get me rewrite The Washington Post
Jay Mathews is skeptical NCLB will be rewritten this year, but the looming 2014 deadline for all students to pass reading and math tests could prompt changes to the law.

See also: NCLB: The Case Against Reauthorization This Week In Education
White House To Focus on Education Reform AP via The Slatest

$10 Million to Provide Extra Help in Schools New York Times
New York City has set aside $10 million to provide help to students who failed standardized exams after the standards were raised.

Shanghai Surprise: Don’t Sweat Global Test Data TIME
Chinese students scored well on the results of an international test released last month, but test scores and rankings are not always the best measure for where the United States stands compared to other countries.

See also: The Science of Tiger Moms The Core Knowledge Blog
‘Tiger Mother’: Are Chinese Moms Really So Different? TIME

In Alexandria, fight over additional class time mirrors national debate The Washington Post
Educators in the Washington area as well as across the nation believe that the solution to poor student performance is to keep students in school longer.

See Also: San Francisco middle school students may end up with longer days The Examiner

Plan Offered to Overhaul Discipline of Teachers The New York Times
A new teacher discipline proposal states that teachers accused of misconduct should have their cases decided within 100 days.

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