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Afternoon Announcements: ED Secretary Duncan Voices Concern Over NCLB Rewrite

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February 24, 2015 01:00 pm


As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan blasted House Republicans’ efforts to rewrite the law, saying that the bill — which is expected to pass easily along party lines — would be “devastating” for minority children in the nation’s poorest schools and school districts.

The D.C. Public School District has seen student proficiency levels jump in math and reading in several schools in recent years. Part of their success has hinged on the way teachers are using blended learning in the classroom. eSchoolNews

Suspension rates dropped for many of the nation’s school districts — including some in the Washington region — but U.S. students still lost about 18 million days of instruction to out-of-school punishments in the 2011-2012 school year, according to research released Monday. The Washington Post

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed off on legislation Monday that will shorten the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP) test after a unanimous vote in the House. The Indy Star

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White said Monday he is concerned that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal will exclude dollars for standardized tests, which he said could cost Louisiana $800 million in federal aid. The New Orleans Advocate

Students don’t usually get to design their own high schools. Neither do parents or community members who lack experience in education. But, in what could become a national model, all of these people have been asked to weigh in on the plan for a new high school in San Jose, California. The Hechinger Report

In kindergarten, kids are learning really important stuff. Basic reading skills. Numbers and math concepts. In Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest school district, kindergarten absence is a big problem, with some students missing 10, 20, 30 days or more. NPR

While the idea of competency-based education is intriguing to about 89 percent of educators, only half as many have taken action in their schools or districts to promote it. The reason why, according to two education organizations that have studied the issue: policy obstacles “that make implementation challenging.” THE Journal

D.C. Public Schools created an interactive Web site where you can see where money goes and compare spending with other schools. The Washington Post

Google released the YouTube Kids App, an app that narrows video searches to focus on kid-appropriate content in four main categories–Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. Google



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