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May 03, 2017 11:08 am
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Undocumented Immigrant Students: Can the Nation Avert an Education, Economic, and Moral Crisis Affecting Millions of Young People?

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Imagine waking up to the news that millions of students disappeared overnight. Think of the incalculable cost to the nation of these young people not continuing their education. The patents never filed. The medicines never discovered. The companies never started. The disposable incomes never spent to create more jobs. All the lost human potential, brainpower, and economic contributions that these millions of future wage earners could provide during a time when the nation needs the talents and skills of all its people.

How could this happen, you ask? Already I am hearing reports from principals about the PTA attendance of immigrant families dropping sharply and of parents sending their children to school on alternate days to avoid everyone being picked up in a sweep.

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Posted: March 17, 2017 02:38 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: More Students Are Accessing Deeper Learning Opportunities

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March 17, 2017 02:38 pm
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According to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress, more students are engaging in deeper learning opportunities under the Common Core State Standards. Students are also increasingly engaging in learning activities that help to prepare them to succeed in college and the workplace.

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Posted: March 13, 2017 12:00 pm

Personalized Learning Empowers Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning

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March 13, 2017 12:00 pm
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Riverside, California, has a reputation for forward thinking and has received national recognition for its use of technology. So, it is not surprising that a community that calls itself “the city of arts and innovation” has adopted a pioneering approach to classroom instruction.

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Future Ready, Personalized Learning
Posted: March 09, 2017 03:28 pm

U.S. Senate Votes to Repeal Education Accountability Rules Issued by Obama Administration Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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March 09, 2017 03:28 pm
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Today, the U.S. Senate voted 50-49 to repeal important accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that were issued by the Obama administration. U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio was the only Republican who voted against the measure, joining all 46 Democrats and two Independents in opposing it.

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Posted: March 07, 2017 02:03 pm

Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Continue Reporting Key Educational Equity Data

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March 07, 2017 02:03 pm
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Civil Rights groups showed an outpouring of support last week for the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a mandatory biennial survey of schools that measures key equity indicators, such as disproportionate discipline practices and inequitable access to rigorous coursework.

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Data and Privacy, Equity
Posted: March 03, 2017 02:30 pm

Leading for Literacy: Creating a Culture of Literacy in Schools

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March 03, 2017 02:30 pm
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The following blog post was written by Ruth Schoenbach and Cynthia Greenleaf, co-directors of the WestEd Strategic Literacy Initiative. The opinions expressed in this blog post are theirs and should not be taken to represent the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The majority of our middle and high school students struggle to read and understand complex texts. This has consequences that reverberate far beyond the classroom. Poor literacy skills not only add to students dropping out of school or graduating from high school unprepared for the demands of college and work, they also diminish the ability of citizens to evaluate information critically, affecting many aspects of civic life including our very democracy.

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Posted: March 01, 2017 09:17 am

In Joint Address to Congress, President Trump Calls for Education Bill Funding School Choice for Disadvantaged Youth

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March 01, 2017 09:17 am
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In last night’s speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump called on Congress to “pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children.”

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Posted: February 16, 2017 01:42 pm

The Best Tool for Personalization Might Be Sitting Right Next to You

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February 16, 2017 01:42 pm
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The following blog post was written by Drew Schrader, director of assessment for New Tech Network (NTN). The opinions expressed in this blog post are Drew’s and should not be taken to represent the Alliance for Excellent Education.

We often assume an awful lot about the 20 percent of students that fall into the highest performing group in conventional instruction and an awful lot more about those that never do. What if a majority of students’ ability to learn at high levels has nothing to do with those assumptions but could be determined at an instructional design level?

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Posted: February 14, 2017 11:20 am

State of the State Addresses: Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Alabama

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February 14, 2017 11:20 am
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In the most recent round of state of the state addresses, the nation’s governors have touted increased spending on education, as well as efforts to better prepare high schools students for college and the workforce, including investments in career and technical education, greater linkages between high schools and employers, and free community college for all. In the post below, we examine education proposals contained in the state of the state addresses from the governors of Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Alabama.

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Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
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