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STATE: Sage College closes abruptly amid dispute…

Hundreds enrolled in court-reporting and paralegal training classes at Sage College were left in a lurch when the for-profit school closed on Tuesday — two weeks before the end of the quarter — due to a long-simmering accreditation issue. College… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

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STATE: Marijuana is legal in California. Now…

Happy New Year and pass the pot. But now that weed is legal for adults in California, we need somehow to keep more teens from toking. Regular use can stunt their mental growth. There’s plenty of research that shows youthful… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

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NATIONAL: Taking Stock of Educational Progress Under…

As they prepare to leave office, members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet are beginning to file their exit memos. Partially a chance to take credit for progress made and partially a final opportunity to call for changes in policy they’ve… Read full article at The Atlantic

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NATIONAL: Senate schedules confirmation hearing for Betsy…

The Senate education committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to helm the education department, for Jan. 11. DeVos, who has spent more than two decades advocating for charter schools and taxpayer-funded school vouchers,… Read full article at The Washington Post

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NATIONAL: Disparity in Maryland’s public higher education…

Inequality in Maryland’s higher education system will take center stage next week in a trial to resolve a decade-old lawsuit over the lack of investment in the state’s historically black colleges and universities. A coalition of alumni from Maryland’s four… Read full article at The Washington Post

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NATIONAL: States’ Capacity a Nagging Issue as…

As state lawmakers prepare for new flexibility—and responsibilities—under the Every Student Succeeds Act, they face questions about whether staffing levels and other state resources are fully up to the task. Under both the No Child Left Behind Act and subsequent… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Ybarra, auditors planned new evaluation system

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show Idaho's top schools chief was quietly working with a company that was auditing the state's teacher evaluation system to build a replacement model while the audit was still underway. Emails from Idaho Superintendent of… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Pearson Releases Rights to its Learning…

As part of a company-wide push for transparency in evaluating the efficacy of their products, executives at a major education corporation have publicly released the learning design principles that inform the creation of those educational products. Pearson, a London-based educational… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Furor erupts over video of student…

As two girls fought in the cafeteria area of a North Carolina high school, another student raised her cellphone to make a video, sparking a furor when she captured a police officer picking up and slamming a student to the… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

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NATIONAL: A Compelling Case for Curriculum

One of the odd features of education policy is that while a plethora of research exists on the effects of systemic reforms (e.g., class size, charter schools, teacher and school accountability mechanisms), on student achievement there is very little data… Read full article at US News and World Report