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May 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Round-up: Teacher-evaluation debate continues in Texas, Oregon district holds special-needs prom

Debate over teacher evaluations continues in Texas (The Texas Tribune): Education officials, teacher groups and politicians in Texas are engaged in a fierce debate following the passage of new legislation that requires districts to base 20 percent of teacher evaluations on student performance data, including test scores. Texas received a waiver for No Child Left Behind in September.

Oregon district holds prom for special-needs kids (NPR): Brett Bigham, Oregon’s teacher of the year, created a separate prom for Portland-area special-needs students five years ago. Students traveled as much as an hour to Portland to attend the dance last Friday.

Parents worry new USDA rules will impact fundraising (KING 5): Reps from some local parent-teacher organizations are voicing concerns about new federal nutrition standards that are set to take effect July 1. One PTO group in Mukilteo says its campus cookie sales bring in an average of $16,000 annually, but the program won’t be able to continue under the new guidelines. 

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