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Missouri State School Board Takes Over the St. Louis Public Schools (Sarah Brodsky)

On March 22 the Missouri State Board of Education voted to remove the Saint Louis Public Schools’ provisional accreditation. The decision hands control of the district to a transitional panel consisting of three members appointed separately by Gov. Matt Blunt, Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and the president of the Board of Aldermen. The takeover will be effective at least through 2013; the elected school board will remain in place, but it will no longer have any control over the district’s operations.

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Edupundit Myopia (Will Fitzhugh)

Edupundits have chosen very complex subject matter for their investigations and reports. They study and write about dropouts, vouchers, textbooks, teacher selection and training, school governance, budgets, curricula in all subjects, union contracts, school management issues, and many many more.

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Anonymously Rating Teacher Performance (Paul Marks)

South Australian teachers are outraged by the website RateMyTeachers.com.

The site asks students to anonymously rate the performance of teachers in categories titled: Easiness, Helpfulness, Clarity, Popularity and Overall Quality. So, why are teachers outraged? What is the problem with sites that rate performance?

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