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Afternoon Announcements: Duncan Discusses ESEA Rewrite

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April 06, 2015 12:33 pm

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In the video linked below, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Urban League president, Marc Morial, discuss the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Duncan has called for replacing No Child Left Behind, the current version of ESEA, with a law that ensures opportunity for every child and preserves accountability for the progress of all students. Congress appears to be nearing consensus on major pieces of a bipartisan draft to overhaul the education law.

Dysart Unified School District Education Center will be the site of a Future Ready Summit April 13 and 14, the fourth of 13 summits held by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Department of Education across the United States. Your West Valley

Some education policy researchers and professors in schools of education worry that the politicized education arena and the state’s indecisiveness over the Common Core could have significant ramifications for its teaching corps. The Hechinger Report

School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities. The New York Times

In a letter to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams stated Texas would instead submit its NCLB waiver request on June 1 – three months later than expected. Breitbart

At New Orleans Schools’ Expo in February, families tried to match their needs with the best schools under the city’s choice system. This month, they’ll find out where they’ve been assigned. NPR

A new initiative by Purchase College’s Arts in Education program in New York aims to ensure that playtime and field trips help students meet new academic standards. The New York Times

Next week, students across New York will take the standardized tests in English, followed a week later by the tests in math. But statewide, just a tiny fraction of students passed the tests. WNYC

A new initiative in Ohio aimed at boosting achievement among disadvantaged students is focused on developing a new kind of principal to take the helm of struggling schools. The Columbus Dispatch

Elise Darwish, chief academic officer at Aspire Public Schools, talked with EdSource recently about preparing teachers and students for the Common Core standards in her organization, boosting that the standards emphasis thinking deeply and problem solving

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