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U.S. Schools Rank "Average", Plus More Education News

International test score data show U.S. firmly mid-pack (Washington Post)
"The report released Tuesday focused on reading ability and found that more than a dozen countries, from Korea to Poland, performed significantly better than the organization's statistical average in that area. The United States did not."

Michelle Rhee: What I've Learned (Newsweek)
"Right now, what we need to do is fight. We can be respectful about it. But this is the time to stand up and say what you believe, not sweep the issues under the rug so that we can feel good about getting along. There’s nothing more worthwhile than fighting for children. And I’m not done fighting."

At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul (The New York Times)
"Voicing enormous frustration with the existing school, the parents handed over the petition on Tuesday to [Compton] district officials. 'We are completely fed up,' Ms. Romero said. 'We’ve been told to wait every year and nothing changes.'"