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Afternoon Announcements: California race for State Superintendent considered ‘one to watch’

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November 04, 2014 01:30 pm

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Perhaps the most important — and definitely the most expensive — election in California on Tuesday is the down-ballot battle for state school superintendent. The $30 million race has generated three times as much spending as the contest for governor, with money pouring in from across the country. The Washington Post

The Implementation plan for new school boundaries in D.C. comes just days before mayoral election, offering a road map for the rollout of the new school boundaries and 42 related student assignment policy recommendations. The Washington Post

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $150 million plan on Monday to flood more than 90 of the city’s lowest-ranked schools with supports for students and staffers. But in an effort to preempt critics, de Blasio made clear that these 94 schools will face consequences if they do not meet certain targets Chalkbeat NY

Both alternative certification teacher programs like Teach for America and traditional programs are producing high-quality teachers, according to an annual evaluation of Tennessee teacher training programs produced by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The report examines data about teacher retention, placement, and effectiveness, and compares newly certified teachers with veterans as well as other novice teachers.

The application period is now open for the second round of funding under the California Career Pathways Trust, which makes $250 million in grants available for career preparation programs. The money is available to partnerships between school districts and county offices, community colleges and businesses that promote career pathway programs in schools. EdSource

With more than 2,700 students, DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx is among the growing number of public schools that offer classes, like robotics, that give students an early introduction to engineering and computer science. The Hechinger Report

Back-to-school spending in the United States helped to maintain the double-digit growth of tablets worldwide, according to newly released preliminary data for the third quarter. The Journal

No bells ring at this high school, and you won’t find monitors roaming the halls or restless students asking fitfully for permission to use the restroom. But you might find biotechnology students cloning carrots in the lab. Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) has become a California state model for how to deliver project-based, linked learning education. EdSource

The 2014 edition of Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, researched and written by the Evergreen Education Group, examines the state of digital learning today and highlights the need for high-quality, actionable data on the digital learning tools and methods students use. eSchoolNews 

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