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News - April 15, 2011

Around Town

HOT OFF THE PRESS ... President Barack Obama was the very first recipient of Linda Darling-Hammond's new book recommending ways to fix America's "slipping" education system, the Stanford University professor of education told a campus audience this week. "I told him I'd give him a test that will not be a multiple-choice test — it will be a 'performance assessment,'" Darling-Hammond said in a jab at the fill-in-the-bubble mentality she believes has led to a narrowing of horizons for American students. Darling-Hammond headed Obama's education transition team and reportedly was on the short list for his Secretary of Education pick. She examines strategies — among the most important, investing in teachers — that have led to school systems in Finland, Singapore and South Korea rising to the top of the international charts in her new book, "The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future."

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