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October 14, 2014 12:30 pm

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An increased focus in California and across the nation on better preparing students to succeed in college and careers is translating to more interest in programs like those offered public schools like Middle College High and similar counterparts, early college high schools, giving students the chance to earn as much as an associate’s degree upon high school graduation. EdSource

Many K-12 students can’t take the classes that will help them prepare for college because their schools don’t offer those courses. According to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), one solution to the gaps lies in setting up a “course access” program. The Journal

In Mississippi, kindergarteners have the lowest average daily attendance rate of any K-8 grade; just 94.5 percent during the 2012-13 school year. The absences are leading to both academic and financial consequences in a state where students already lag behind their peers throughout the country. The Hechinger Report

The principal of the  long-struggling Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn handed in his resignation last week — and offered Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Education Department one of its sternest public rebukes yet, criticizing the plans to fix public schools.  On Monday, families organized by StudentsFirstNY rallied outside the school, calling on the mayor to announce a clear improvement plan improvement. Chalkbeat NY

A new study titled, “The Scarring Effects of Primary-Grade Retention? A Study of Cumulative Advantage in the Educational Career,” is an empirical analysis of the effects early childhood retention can have on a student’s overall academic outcomes.

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order aimed at protecting the rights and freedom of speech of teachers. The order was issued in response to recent reports “about teachers who were quieted by local school officials after voicing concerns over Common Core,” according to a press release from the governor’s office. The Huffington Post

Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell, a supporter of the Common Core State Standards, said she hopes her state will retain high standards in education even if it moves forward in developing its own curriculum. Chalkbeat TN

A charter school training program in California reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own. With its lengthy and intense mentorship the model is a radical departure from traditional teacher training, which tends to favor theory over practice. The New York Times

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to end the ban during his campaign and acknowledged last month that his own son brings a phone to Brooklyn Technical High School. The Associated Press

As the number of homeless children in DC is increasing, public schools need to redouble efforts to help them, according to a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. More than 4,000 children in D.C. public schools qualified as homeless in the past school year, a 37 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, the report found. The Washington Post

A new study by the Kansas Association of School Boards concluded that states that spend more on their public schools tend to get better results than those that don’t, even after taking poverty rates and the relative cost of living in each state into account. Lawrence Journal World

El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) took the first step in eliminating printed textbooks when high school science classes switched to digital textbooks last week. District officials say EPISD is the first large school district in Texas to move to all-digital, teacher-edited digital textbooks. eSchoolNews

About 40 percent of Los Angeles Unified elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, according to figures recently released by the district. KPCC

Dozens of the schools have sprung up around the country to teach computer programming, offering students a fast-paced curriculum and the promise of jobs. The New York Times

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