Holding out billions of dollars as a potential windfall, the Obama administration is persuading state after state to rewrite their education laws to open the door to more charter schools and expand the use of student test scores for judging teachers, reports the New York Times -- and this aggressive use of stimulus money is provoking heated debates over the uses of standardized testing and the proper federal role in education. A recent case is California, where legislative leaders are vowing to do anything necessary, including rewriting a law that prohibits the use of student scores in teacher evaluations, to...

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