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Afternoon Announcements: Florida school district board rescinds vote to opt-out of Common Core exams

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September 03, 2014 12:27 pm

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The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows. The New York Times

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday issued his most extensive and passionate defense yet of his actions involving Apple and Pearson, asserting that he did nothing improper before or during the bidding process for his district. The LA Times

The Lee County School Board in Florida voted 3-2 on Tuesday to reverse the decision it made last week to reject all state-mandated testing tied to the Common Core or any end-of-course exams for the district of some 90,000 students. Florida Today

High school students in California would have more access to apprenticeships in high-demand fields under a bill that was forwarded to the governor last week. Senate Bill 923 would create a grant program called the Educational Apprenticeship Innovation Prize to allow school districts and community colleges to expand apprenticeship programs. EdSource

Under a proposal previewed by Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents Merryl Tisch on Tuesday, students would will have more flexibility in how they earn their diplomas and only need passing marks on four of the tests required for high school graduation. ChalkBeat NY

The loss of the state’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act flexibility waiver could redirect $3.7 million in federal funding that Oklahoma City Public Schools spends on programs and services for low-performing schools, district officials said Tuesday. The Oklahoman

When New York City students head back to class Thursday, hundreds of schools will be starting a little earlier or later as part of a new teacher contract, which rearranges the 150 minutes teachers used to spend helping small groups of students before or after school. School Book- WNYC

Four out of every 10 college-bound Oklahoma high school graduates are required to take at least one remedial class, officials say, finding themselves playing catch-up once they reach college. Those students tend to incur far more student debt, are much more likely to drop out of school. The Oklahoman

In a study out Tuesday from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as do-re-mi. The Huffington Post

Sally Ride Science, which provides tools for college and career readiness related to STEM education, has launched a new professional development course, “STEM Connections to Common Core,” designed to help educators use STEM lessons to support specific Common Core State Standards. The Journal

A new interactive education game for kids and adults is intended to not only improve the literacy skills of children aged six to nine, but to also jump the hurdles faced when children and adults come to digital games with very different experiences, skills, and inclinations. The Hechinger Report

As mobile learning cements its place in U.S. education, its impact continues to expand throughout school districts across the nation in the form of tablets, computers and education apps. eSchoolNews

Classkick is a new, free app for the iPad that shows students’ efforts in a whiteboard-like environment as they work through problems and activities, allowing the instructor to provide real-time feedback in multiple forms. The Journal

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