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Afternoon Announcements: Louisiana efforts to save Common Core sees major victory

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August 20, 2014 12:17 pm

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A Baton Rouge judge ruled in favor of a New Orleans charter school group and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Tuesday in their fight to proceed with Common Core tests, finding Governor Bobby Jindal caused “irreparable harm” to students and schools when he froze the testing contract for third through eighth graders. The Times Picayune

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the latest in the Alliance’s ‘Core of the Matter’ blog series. Dr. Kent McGuire, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation and a member of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors, writes that achieving the potential of the Common Core means that the nation must figure out how to transform the education workforce.

Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide more information to families about higher education tax credits to reach the goal of making college more accessible and affordable. The Hill

A growing number of states are expected to fund the American College Testing (ACT) college admission test for 11th grade students in 2015, helping to make the ACT the nation’s most widely used admission exam. The Washington Post

A California bill banning school and college administrators from raising money for their board members’ campaigns passed out of the State Assembly on Monday and now awaits the signature of Governor Jerry Brown. The Huffington Post

About 4,700 New York City students did not take this year’s English tests and 15,470 students didn’t take the math exams, according to an updated tally released by the State Education Department and the city Department of Education. ChalkBeat NY

Just 11 percent of African-American and 18 percent of Hispanic students who took the ACT college admissions test in 2013 scored well enough to be deemed college-ready by the testing company, compared to 39 percent of students overall. The Huffington Post

Prosecutors said four people caught in a teacher certification fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving teachers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The New York Times

From internet-usage training to well informed teachers and parents, school leaders can ensure top-notch privacy practices with targeted efforts in their districts. eSchoolNews

Riverside Unified School District (USD) in California will pilot personalized learning at five schools this fall in an effort to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach to education. The Journal

Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom. The Hechinger Report

Nonprofit Digital Promise is donating thousands of tablets to eight middle schools across the country through a Verizon Foundation grant. The Journal

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