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Afternoon Announcements: House Set for Vote on NCLB Rewrite

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February 20, 2015 12:45 pm

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The House is set to clear a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act next week. A new schedule laid out Thursday afternoon would send the Republican-backed bill, to the floor for debate Wednesday and Thursday, with a final vote scheduled for Friday morning, but an ongoing debate over testing could derail the process.

One of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s significant accomplishments is the improvement in the high school graduation rate. It now stands at almost 70 percent, up from 58 percent when he was first elected in 2011. The mayor’s pitch for re-election includes a promise to raise the rate even further to 85 percent, which would put the city on par with the statewide rate of 86 percent. Catalyst Chicago

Troubling disparity between students of color and their peers has been marked by lower test scores and higher dropout rates for African-American, Latino and low-income students, and students who are still learning English. But some educators in California are convinced that the Common Core State Standards are helping to narrow that achievement gap. EdSource

Prompted by the new Common Core standards and an increase in English Language Learners in public schools, New York State education officials are moving aggressively to provide better support for bilingual teachers and improve student achievement. The Hechinger Report

The Indiana Department of Education has provided schools with information on giving this year’s state ISTEP test, recently shortened from about 12 hours to roughly nine. Chalkbeat IN

Advocates for school funding equity have launched a new website to show families and the public exactly how much money their school or district is due but not receiving each year under a years-old legal settlement whose terms have yet to be fulfilled. Chalkbeat NY

Federal and state funding rates for special education would be equalized across California and new special education teachers would be authorized to teach general education if draft recommendations from a task force presented this week are implemented. EdSource

As schools are increasingly fitted with new technology, the classroom atmosphere is changing. Amidst all of the change, however, there’s one constant: the pursuit of academic excellence and mutual respect. eSchoolNews

 

 

 

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