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Afternoon Announcements: House Prepares to Vote on NCLB

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February 26, 2015 01:30 pm

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Congress is working toward a long-overdue rewrite of the high-profile and often controversial federal K-12 education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Here’s what to keep in mind as the House takes up floor debate on a mostly GOP version Wednesday and as Senate committee leaders work toward crafting a bipartisan proposal. The Christian Science Monitor

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out this column in The Hechinger Report from Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance, in which he discusses how the pending rewrite of NCLB should be used to help schools and not punish those who benefit most from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Bills to repeal the Common Core have been introduced in 19 states so far this year, down slightly from the 22 states that considered such a step last year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. So far, they’ve fared poorly. PoliticoNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the governor’s plan to let outside groups take over struggling schools is unnecessary in New York City, since the city is going to “enormous lengths” to turn around those schools. Chalkbeat NY

The public school system Nashville, Tenn. is encouraging every high school student, regardless of college plans, to take three career-training classes before they graduate. NPR

Efforts to prepare students for college and careers are taking hold earlier and earlier, expanding beyond high school so that even students in primary grades are participating in university tours and job exploration events. EdSource

Under a proposed revamp of Louisiana’s educator evaluation system, public school principals would have a greater hand in evaluating teachers, Education Superintendent John White announced Wednesday. The plan also calls for judging principals in part on their schools’ performance score. The Times Picayune

A police chief in Texas said he believes his colleagues contribute to increased high school dropout rates and reinforce the school-to-prison pipeline when they, rather than school administrators, discipline students for misbehaving. The Huffington Post

Common Core standards are a hot–button issue for some in Iowa. But they’re seen as a good thing by the majority of Iowa adults, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows. The Des Moines Register

Newly minted New York City deputy chancellor for English language learners Milady Baez said Wednesday that the city’s overhaul of school support would help schools better serve those students. Chalkbeat NY

Funded by a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the Department of Education, Elizabeth Public Schools in New Jersey will expand its use of the Teach to One: Math model from two to seven schools next year. edSurge

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