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Rise & Shine: Focus on literacy

School is closed today in much of western Tennessee due to inclement weather. Here are your headlines:

  • Shelby County Schools is focusing on its low literacy rate. (Memphis Daily News)
  • Districts around the country are looking toward a common application for charter and noncharter charter schools. (Chalkbeat TN)
  • Vanderbilt University is studying attrition at charter, regular schools. (Tennessean)
  • Indiana’s governor wants to reward teachers for working in high-needs schools. (Chalkbeat IN)
  • New York City prepares for the new GED. (GothamSchools)
  • A Colorado student writes about grit. (EdNews Colorado)
  • Private school students in the U.S. didn’t do much better than public school students on PISA, an international assessment. (Hechinger Report)
  • The roll-out of a new Common Core-linked SAT and PSAT has been delayed by a year. (Education Week)
  • Diane Ravitch won the Grawemeyer award. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
  • A list of some of the biggest education stories of 2013, featuring grit, TFA, and Head Start. (The Atlantic)

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