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Afternoon Announcements July 08, 2014

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July 08, 2014 12:19 pm


Education groups sign joint letter in support of FCC E-rate Modernization Plan

Education groups – including the Alliance for Excellent Education – showed their support to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to moderate E-rate, signing a letter to FCC Commissioners on Monday. The Hill

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the joint letter signed by the Alliance and nine other education organizations.

The U.S. Department of Education details  its long-awaited 50 State Strategy for  ensuring that poor and minority students get access to as many great teachers as their more advantaged peers under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Education Week

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote on the E-rate modernization plan July 11, Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections await a decision that would drastically change education technology. Education Week

New York City and union officials announced Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to opt out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September following a new union contract. ChalkBeat NY

Tennessee was among the earliest states to receive a federal grant to transform its public education system. Educators in the state are now working to ensure its efforts expand beyond the funding. Education Week

Officials in Prince George’s County school system in Maryland look to improve on lagging four-year high school graduation rates, which fell percentage points behind the Maryland statewide average in 2010.  The Washington Post

California’s new school funding system is driving districts in diverse regions of the state to shift their resources to achieve the goal of graduating more students so they are ready for college or careers. EdSource

An E-rate funding increase is critical to the success of many school districts, according to a new survey from Funds for Learning.  The Journal

Fostering digital citizenship and internet responsibility for students is something parents believe should be the job of teachers, according to a new survey. Moreover, the study found teachers believe parents don’t know enough about the internet to adequately educate students. The Journal

While you’re reading that, check out the Alliance’s recent report on Anytime, Anywhere learning, which stresses the importance of both teachers AND parents when it comes to encouraging a student’s digital identity.

Flipped learning is seen as a great way to get students more involved in their own learning, and the new model for education is popping up in more schools across the nation. eSchoolNews




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