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Local School Council member writes satire piece about what it will take to make American schools better.

She says it doesn't really help kids learn to love to read.

A mismatch between Race requirements and goals is a big problem for the administration.

"Please do not blame those of us in public schools for how unprepared for higher education the students arriving at your institutions are. We have very little say in what is happening to public education"

A large coalition of Michigan parents, PTA leaders, K-12 teachers, professors and others -- including the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools -- sent the following letter to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan protesting the selection of a new education entity as a finalist in the latest edition of Race to the Top.

The U.S. Education Department just named 61 finalists in its Race to the Top-District competition that will divide nearly $400 million among those deemed to have the "best" school reform plans. The finalists -- which, to be clear, is intended for school districts, as the name of the competition suggests -- include charter schools, charter school networks, district consortiums, and boards of education. Districts from states that have already won Race to the Top money are also on the list. Interesting list.

What is President Obama promising in education reform if he wins re-election?

A California school superintendent challenges Thomas Friedman's depiction in a recent NYT column of Race to the Top: " Race to the Top’s heavy-handed, top-down mandates create division and derision within the public education community at precisely a time all sides should be coming together."

The reports are in: Obama didn't pass the debate with flying colors.