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Jose Antonio Vargas Films for Immigration Reform

Jose Antonio Vargas, left, offers sworn testimony shown in his new film, Undocumented.

When Jose Antonio Vargas turned 16 years old, he did what almost every kid his age does. He applied for a driver’s permit. But when he went to the DMV, he got something unexpected: the truth about his immigration status.

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Common Core of Standards Can Help Save California Schools

California is one of 45 states that have adopted Common Core of Standards for its public schools. (Image by National Geographic School Publishing)

If NY Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman is correct, and I believe he is, the world beyond schools no longer wants to know how much you know, but how you can use what you know. Our concept of schooling in America today is quite archaic if Friedman’s assertion is right. However, there is a strong and hopeful effort, the Common Core of Standards, to steer the ship of public education to a better place.

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