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Biden Education Department Offers Flexibility in Testing, But Doesn’t Exempt States | Education News

The Education Department, in its first major decision under the Biden administration, told states that they will be granted significant flexibility in how and when they administer annual tests, but they will not be exempt from administering them – a blow to teachers unions who had been pushing the White House to release states from the federal standardized testing requirement.

“The Department of Education is committed to supporting all states in assessing student learning during the pandemic to help target resources and support to the students with the greatest needs,” said Ian Rosenblum, acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary

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State education officials pledge to reduce discipline disparity between Black, white students | News

Public schools in West Virginia have suspended Black students at twice the rate of white students over the past five years, underscoring a disparity highlighted in 2015.

State education officials earlier this month pledged to partner with minority leaders, study the problem and review statewide discipline policies.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re providing for opportunities for mentoring processes in there, restorative practices in there, structures in there that our schools and districts can use,” said state Education Department official Drew McClanahan.

But the Rev. Matthew Watts, a long-time community activist on Charleston’s West Side, is skeptical. He has

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Evers Calls for More Education Spending, $1 Billion Tax Hike | Wisconsin News

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers called on the Republican-controlled Legislature Tuesday to bolster funding for K-12 and higher education and reform the state’s criminal justice systems, while delivering a state budget with $1 billion in tax increases and liberal policy priorities that GOP leaders promised to quickly kill.

Evers pitched his $91 billion two-year state budget to the Legislature as a “Badger Bounceback” agenda as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year.

“I believe we can pass a budget with bipartisan support,” Evers said in the pre-recorded speech that played as lawmakers watched

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For Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year from Fountain-Fort Carson, education is a career and a calling | Colorado Springs News

Colorado’s 2021 Superintendent of the Year didn’t plan a career in education. Engineering was Keith Owen’s calling, he was sure, but once the Pueblo native arrived at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and enrolled in a program where students spend time on the job with professional engineers, he quickly realized he’d picked the wrong field.

“Having the same routine, behind a desk all day….that was just not really intriguing to me,” said Owen, who leads the Fountain-Fort Carson School District.

Luckily, he had a mentor — technically the mentor of his then-girlfriend, now wife-of-25-years, Georgina. The man was a

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