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Afternoon Announcements: DC Council Approves Bill for Additional Funds to Aid Low-Income Students

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November 26, 2013 04:20 pm

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A new study – the Talent Transfer Initiative – funded by the federal government, placed high-quality teachers in low-performing schools with an incentive of $20,000. The schools saw performance improvements for their students, showing that merit pay can work. Slate

The Washington, DC Council’s education committee voted this week to provide the city’s public schools with additional funds to help low-income students and at-risk students academically. The Washington Post

The Common Core State Standards and assessments aligned to them are moving forward in New Jersey, but many policymakers are concerned over the costs of the tests. “The main concern has to do with resources,” said state Assemblywoman Mila Jasey. “They don’t have the resources to upgrade technology, to teach how to use that technology.” NJ Spotlight

Some praise and thoughts on President Obama’s recently announced competitive grant program to help strengthen the connection between high schools and the workforce. Eduwonk

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