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Afternoon Announcements: ED Secretary Duncan outlines vision for ESEA

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January 13, 2015 01:45 pm


Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. The Washington Post

A range of interest groups and players are weighing in on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech Monday regarding the Obama administration’s priorities as Congress rewrites the main federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Washington Post

$1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review. The LA Times

Teachers, students and union leaders from New York City traveled to Albany on Monday to rally for more funding and call for legislators to reign in charter-school growth. Chalkbeat NY

U.S. teachers who are unhappy with their jobs miss significantly more days of work than their happier peers, a new survey finds. The Huffington Post

Chancellor Carmen Fariña has tapped a longtime educator to head a new office devoted to her turnaround program for struggling schools. Chalkbeat NY

The U.S. Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid. Inside Higher Ed

Last fall, John White, Louisiana’s whip-smart and occasionally cantankerous education superintendent found himself on a lonely mission: promoting the Common Core standards to a state whose governor opposes them. Politico

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education will take up the teaching of climate science after accusations that the curriculum had been revamped to appease the state’s fossil fuel industry. The New York Times

Changing the way math content is presented to students and ensuring teachers feel empowered in their math instruction are two important steps to elevating math education in the U.S., according to a panel of educators and experts. eSchoolNews





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