Top Stories From Around The Country for 3/25

Common Core spawns widespread political fights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers. Many arch conservatives — tea party heroes Rand Paul and Ted Cruz among them — decry the system as a top-down takeover of local schools.

Oklahoma Senate panel passes repeal of Common Core
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state Senate committee has passed legislation that would limit federal control over so-called Common Core standards for math and English instruction in Oklahoma’s public schools. The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 for the measure Monday. The House-passed bill authorizes development of new English and math standards and prohibits the state Board of Education from entering into any contract that would limit state control.

Mass. lawmakers seek deal on charter school cap
BOSTON (AP) — The Senate chair of the Legislature’s Education Committee and other lawmakers plan to detail a compromise proposal to expand charter schools in Massachusetts. But charter advocates are already signaling their opposition to the plan, saying it would allow the Legislature to freeze charter school growth in any given year by underfunding reimbursements to school districts.

Districts Look to Promote Economically Integrated Schools
Some districts look for ways to promote economic integration of schools.
When housing policies fail to break up concentrations of poverty in cities, some education researchers say school districts should take an active role in making sure their schools are economically diverse.

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