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Today in History: Race to the Top 

Announced on July 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion grant for K-12 education reform to strengthen teaching and learning. It was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and sought several goals: develop rigorous standards and better assessments; adopt better …

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Today in History: Common Core Is Launched 

Since its arrival nine years ago, Common Core has greatly impacted the health of our nation's schools. The standards govern how teachers teach and what students study to master English Language Arts and mathematics. The guidelines are meant to shape pedagogy, but in many cases have damaged its essence -- the spirit and structure of teaching and …

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Today in History: No Child Left Behind 

Highly controversial and consequential it proved over its lifetime, No Child Left Behind was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. This landmark legislation was co-authored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), supporting standards-based education reform, where high standards and measurable …

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Library Resources for Education Policy and Social Analysis 

This virtual research guide is intended to provide an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for research in subject areas encompassed in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) at Teachers College, Columbia University.  The resources, which are primarily electronic but also include some printed works, have been selected to …

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Today in History: Building the Berlin Wall 

An East European book exchange trip, part of a federal government grant to build our mathematics' education collection, takes us Humboldt University, one of Berlin's oldest universities. It is two years after the Wall's collapse, and we are yet to visit libraries in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria -- countries, like the former East Germany, …

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How to Win an Election: A New Cafe Book Collection 

Did you know that Italian master Foppa Vincenzo painted (circa 1464) "The Young Cicero Reading" as part of his commission to fresco the courtyard of the Banco Mediceo in Milan? How apropos the library poster for the new Everett Cafe book collection, How to Win an Election!, on display now through March 15th, the Ides of March -- …

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A Go-To Database for Politics and Education 

One of the most comprehensive databases covering journals in political science is Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, available as part of the ProQuest suite of resources.  This database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its associated fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy.  ProQuest indicates that this …

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