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June 09, 2014 04:49 pm

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Common Core galore: Here’s  the latest in education news!

Sunday’s Washington Post article on Bill Gates’s involvement with the Common Core is getting a lot of attention, but be sure to also read the response from Alliance Senior Fellow Robert Rothman on how a coalition, not an individual, pulled off the common core revolution: https://all4ed.org/a-coalition-not-an-individual-pulled-off-the-common-core-revolution/

Chromebooks or Ipads?  Macs or PCs? When it comes to digital learning – which device is best for which age group and what’s the best way to go about determining the most cost effective tech tools for the classroom?  Here are a few factors to consider: Huffington Post

Op-ed: Robert Balfanz , research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University and member of the Alliance’s Secondary School Improvement Advisory Group, says there’s a solution to the alarming high school dropout rates facing young men of color – and that may mean transforming schools. The New York Times

New York, Alaska, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Vermont rank as the top five states spending on education, according to a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau, though public spending on students continues to fall. USA Today

Supply and demand – there are many factors influencing the multibillion dollar market for educational technology. There is now a growing demand for ed-tech products, and economic influences are having a great impact on spending across states and school districts. Education Week (But remember school districts, you’ve got to make a plan before you make a purchase! The Alliance’s “Project 24” has got you covered: http://plan4progress.org/)

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