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January 26, 2015 02:13 pm

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Twelve years after the passage of No Child Left Behind, and eight years after it was supposed to be revised and updated, Sen. Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the Senate committee on education, says now is the time for its long-neglected makeover. TIME Magazine

A recent Alliance webinar addressed policy and practice changes supporting struggling learners during Common Core implementation, where experts agreed that educator professional development is critical to implementing the standards and related curricular changes, especially when working with “students on the other side of the opportunity gap”. Education Daily

Mississippi legislators passed with wide support a bill Thursday that proponents say will give the state more control over public education standards but admit it would have no effect on the schools currently teaching the Common Core State Standards. The Hechinger Report

Teachers in California are tackling one of the greatest challenges facing educators: building support among bewildered parents for the Common Core EdSource

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposition has more to do with politics than substance. The Huffington Post

The Associated Press reported that Tennessee State Senate Delores Gresham (R-Somerville), who is sponsoring a bill to replace the Common Core, had decided she’s now OK with the current standards after talking with teachers and other educators who have convinced her that “children are really learning.” Chalkbeat TN

As Denver Public Schools marked seven consecutive years of improved graduation rates last week, the city’s education community celebrated the gains while stressing that there is still work to be done. Chalkbeat CO

A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning. NPR

Darryl Adams, superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District, has worked to turn a poor, rural district into a hotbed of innovation, bring internet to every student in his district. eSchoolNews

 

 

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