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Are students being overtested? U.S. secretary of education fields questions at Bates Middle

Are students being overtested? U.S. secretary of education fields questions at Bates Middle

Megan Zimmerman was having a typical day in her seventh-grade English class at Bates Middle School in Annapolis Wednesday. Take a look at this artwork and make statements about what you see, think and wonder, she told her students. Then the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan walked in, along with about five news crews. The kids traded a few smiles, but kept their cool. Duncan sat at a desk and asked questions about what the kids were doing, talked to Zimmerman and then left, the reporters trailing him. After a speech about the priorities of President Barack Obama, Duncan participated in a town hall for teachers and parents. One mother asked about the new tests students will...

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