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Morning Roundup:

From The New York Times: Formula to Grade Teachers’ Skill Gains in Use, and Critics

Many school districts have adopted a system called value-added modeling to evaluate teachers, provoking battles from Washington to Los Angeles.

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From The Wall Street Journal: Middle Schools Fail Kids, Study Says

New York City's standalone middle schools do a worse job educating students than schools that offer kindergarten through eighth grade under one roof, according to a new study to be released Wednesday by researchers at Columbia University.

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From the Los Angeles Times: L.A. Unified board makes first statements about test score analysis of teachers

Most members say the current way of evaluating teachers needs to be reworked; some add parents deserve more information about instructors. Some criticize The Times' publication of database.

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From PBS' NewsHour: In Washington, D.C., Public School Teachers Put to New Test

Teachers in the District of Columbia are being reevaluated. Special correspondent John Merrow looks at a new test for teachers in the Washington, D.C. school district as part of his ongoing reporting on education.

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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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