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What We’re Reading: On its five-year anniversary, what did Race to the Top accomplish?

  • The latest pre-K fervor fails to recognize that pre-K is a means, not an end. (Flypaper)
  • As Newark’s schools are reshaped, one elementary-school student navigates the chaos. (Hechinger)
  • The textbook and testing company Pearson is shedding thousands of jobs. (Marketplace K-12)
  • New Jersey parents are suing their school district — because of a new policy barring lunch deliveries. (Bergen Record)
  • On Race to the Top’s five-year anniversary, questions remain about its effects. (PD Watch)
  • A teacher — who says he’s as guilty as anyone at telling glossy stories — calls for honesty from the classroom. (Atlantic)
  • Education reform advocate Checker Finn looks ahead as he retires. (Flypaper)
  • NPR explains the dividing lines between Gates and other funders and its education coverage. (NPRed)
  • A teacher’s internal, intellectual focus is an overlooked factor in his or her success. (Diana Senechal)
  • Improving math instruction may be a tougher task than many anticipate because of cultural norms. (Real Clear Education)
  • A blogger was fired because his boss thought discussing “homophones” evoked homosexuality. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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