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November 11, 2014 01:30 pm

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In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” The New York Times

Higher education, preschool funding, the Common Core and the future of No Child Left Behind are just a few of the education policies that will be in play under the new Republican-controlled Congress. How will these things change? Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, the congressional member expected to become chairman of the health, education, labor and pensions committee, discusses education in the new Congress.

Google’s Chrome OS may be a long-term sleeper hit thanks to a growing user population among U.S. students – International Data Corporation’s new figures for tablets and laptop sales in K-12 education finds that Chromebooks as a category constitute the best-selling device across the entire category in 2014. TechCrunch

New York City Public Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and State Education Commissioner John King on Monday agreed to increase enrollment in the city’s bilingual programs, put more qualified teachers in their classrooms, better match newly-arrived students with language services, and hold principals accountable for implementing their plan. Chalkbeat NY

For the first time, two Colorado school districts could see their high schools face sanctions because a critical mass of seniors are refusing to take the state’s new standardized tests. Nearly 200 high school students at a Boulder high school are expected to opt-out of the new standardized tests they’re supposed to take Thursday and Friday. Chalkbeat CO

A new report from the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and Leading Educators outlines a roadmap for teacher leadership, and notes that “effective teacher leadership marries form with function in order to create transformative change in schools.”

How do you identify a bad elementary school? A new report out of New York City suggests that policy makers should identify troubled schools by their absenteeism rates — a relatively easy data point to obtain. Education by the Numbers – The Hechinger Report

Slightly more students left high school last year ready for college or jobs, though fewer than one-third of graduates met the academic skill requirements of the New York City’s public university system, according to city data released Monday. Chalkbeat NY

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveiled a report by the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veteran that includes support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices, and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal. The Chattanoogan

Boston’s Cristo Rey High School has partnered with 130 local companies to offer a wide range of work studies including hospitals, financial firms, retail stores, and hotels as part of a school-wide work study program giving all students hands-on work experience. WBZ-TV

 

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