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On this week’s Midweek Monitor, RiShawn Biddle takes a look at Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s successful effort to pass a school takeover bill; provides analysis on the latest pension deficit numbers for Chicago’s teachers’ pension, checks out Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plan to eliminate degree- and seniority-based pay scales; and chats about discussions at National Indian Education Association’s legislative event about efforts to leverage Common Core reading and math standards.

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