Stateline has published a brief but very helpful summary of the controversial dimensions of the Common Core State Standards, often at the heart of the current debates around education reform.
Although not imposed by the federal government, the Common Core was made virtually essential for successful state government applicants for the $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funding from the Department of Education. Fundamentally, she questions whether the testing that will go along with the Common Core won’t simply exacerbate disparities between the haves and the have-nots, between native English speakers and those who speak English as a second language, between schools with sufficient resources and those with less.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The U.S. State Department has begun a community policing program in Haiti that aims to strengthen ties between officers and the neighbourhoods they patrol in a country where police are largely mistrusted.
Such heavy-handed tactics were on the mind of a few students at a high school that officers visited Friday to explain their work. One teenage girl wanted to know why police officers gas protesters. Another wanted to know why police officers seem to protect only wealthy Haitians.
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http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2013/pr13470.htm In particular, important steps have been taken toward the establishment of a Treasury Single Account (TSA), which will strengthen spending effectiveness, controls, and cash management.
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The first touch-screen tablet manufactured in Haiti has been released in capital Port-au-Prince with company officials announcing that sales will target other Caribbean markets.The tablet, called Sutab, utilises the Android operating system….
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On his two-day trip, Duncan visited a school where the children sleep on the streets at night. He also saw a seventh-grade class with more than a hundred students.
"Far from ideal conditions," said Duncan, who came to Haiti at the invitation of Haiti’s education minister, Vanneur Pierre.
Duncan’s visit came as the U.S. Agency for International Development announced a $15 million grant to improve literacy rates in Haiti.
Most schools in Haiti are in deplorable conditions and attrition rates are high. Only about a half of Haiti’s children are able to attend primary school, and less than a fourth make it to secondary school, according to the U.N. children agency UNICEF.
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Thousands of critics of Haiti’s President Michel Martelly staged protest marches Monday that turned violent as people threw rocks and shots were fired in the air.
"The international community should take notes," said Moise Jean-Charles, a senator and vocal critic of the government. "The people are rising for a change. Martelly and Lamothe aren’t doing anything for the country but stealing money."
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