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School Reform or Permanent Underclass? - The Huffington Post

The recent spate of resignations by heads of school districts in Chicago, Washington and New York City who advocate the so-called business model of school reform has predictably been followed by new appointees as ill-prepared for the challenge of improving student performance as their predecessors.

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A lost job costs taxpayers $25,000 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Croft, executive director of the Steel Valley Authority, says state funding to help save jobs is $750 per job saved. But he estimates a jobless person costs taxpayers $25,000 in employment taxes, lost taxes and other costs.

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States Set Widely Varying 'Proficiency' Bars - Education Week

Report by the Washington-based research group makes a case for states, as they collaborate on common standards, to use national and international benchmarking to make cutoff scores more demanding and improve the descriptions of what it means for students to be proficient in reading and mathematics at each grade level.

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Manufacturing needs makeover, Obama adviser says - Northwest Indiana Times

Restoring America's manufacturing prowess is about changing perceptions as much as it is about enacting policies in Washington that support the industry, a policy adviser to President Barack Obama told an audience Wednesday.

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