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Afternoon Announcements: HELP Committee Begins Work on NCLB

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January 22, 2015 01:45 pm


A Republican-controlled Senate committee began work Wednesday on revising the landmark No Child Left Behind education law, focusing first on federally mandated testing of America’s schoolchildren. The committee’s chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems. The Associated Press

During the hearing, many educators spoke of their experience to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, voicing their opinions on testing and the NCLB bill.  The Huffington Post

A new video series produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education is seeking to highlight gains made under the Common Core academic standards adopted by Kentucky in 2010. Kentucky is one of five states the Washington, D.C.-based national policy and advocacy organization has chosen to spotlight as what it considers a Common Core success story. WUKY

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan Wednesday to invest $20 million in new support programs for black and Latino male students in the District, including opening an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the Anacostia River. The Washington Post

New York Gov.  Cuomo announced plans to push for a broad overhaul of state education policy on Wednesday, which will include raising the state’s cap on charter schools, increasing the state’s role in teacher evaluations, and lengthening the time it takes for teachers to earn tenure. Chalkbeat NY

At a time when fewer young people are starting their own businesses, some prominent businesspeople and educators are looking for ways to teach students to be more entrepreneurial. The Wall Street Journal

West Virginia high school dropout rates are getting lower, but the state still exceeds the national average, prompting legislation to raise the compulsory attendance age for the second time in the past four years. The Herald-Dispatch

These public high school students at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia are not yet old enough to vote, but they had a lot to say about President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Check out what they tweeted during Tuesday’s address.

New York City’s school-support networks have had little overall impact on student achievement, failing to overcome the powerful link between students’ backgrounds and their academic performance, according to a new report. Chalkbeat NY






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