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October 2 – 9
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Politics, hypnosis, test results and more gave EWA members great fodder for stories on the education beat this week. 

Following last Friday’s announcement of Arne Duncan’s resignation, Tony Wan and colleagues at EdSurge provide readers with a summary of Duncan’s time in office and interview the secretary of education’s friends and foes about the legacy of his tenure.

Some former California high school students will retroactively receive their diplomas even though they failed to pass their exit exams, Fermin Leal and Theresa Harrington of EdSource write, after the state’s governor signed a bill into law. The new measure will affect students who met other graduation obligations and attended school since 2006. Also in California, Jessica Aguirre, Barb Kunz and their colleagues at NBC Bay Area report that private schools in the state are not held to the same standards as public schools when it comes to earthquake safety.

 A story by Kendi Anderson of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reveals the Tennessee Promise has dramatically boosted enrollment numbers at area community colleges, but the freshman class of the local University of Tennessee campus has taken a hit. Also on the higher ed front, Susannah Snider of U.S. News & World Report writes about the hidden costs of earning a degree overseas. 

In other news, New York Times reporter Motoko Rich investigates why the definition of ”proficient” on Common Core-aligned tests varies by state. Eva-Marie Ayala of The Dallas Morning News uses interactive graphics to show what quality preschool looks like, and Peg Tyre examines the reason more than half of principals quit after five years in a story for The Hechinger Report. For Education Week, Sarah Sparks has the scoop on ways educators are starting to re-imagine parent-teacher conferences. And Shelby Webb of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune shares the bizarre accounts of students who were hypnotized by their high school principal. 

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