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July 01, 2014 12:59 pm


More News for No Child Left Behind Waivers

A recent Gallup poll finds that two-thirds of district superintendents said they believe the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will improve the quality of education in their communities Education Week

Governor Bobby Jindal’s threat to change course on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) would cost Louisiana an additional $25.2 million over five years, according to state Education Superintendent John White The Times-Picayune

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a budget that requires the state to administer the states own Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), for the 2014-15 school year, and not the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – which is specifically aligned to the Common Core. Education Week

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the latest blog in our Core of the Matter series, where the Alliance’s Senior Fellow Robert Rothman writes about the need for consistent assessment across the states.

The Indiana Department of Education submitted its plans to correct a series of shortcomings that jeopardize the state’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver from strict federal education requirements. IndyStar

Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn is asking for a waiver from key components of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law after his state lost its waiver earlier this year. Ed Week Politics K-12

Activist say the Illinois ruling in Harris versus Quinn has set the stage for their challenging the constitutionality of a California requirement that public school teachers must pay union dues regardless of whether they choose to join the union The Washington Post

Two national principal organizations voice concerned over a grant that would allow states to rate principal preparation programs, a new policy included in the Senate Democrats’ draft reauthorization bill for the Higher Education Act (HEA) Ed Week

The United States Department of Education has awarded $5 million to three universities to find out how school and district leaders – including teachers and superintendents – use research to inform their decision making. The Journal

Roughly 60 percent of K-12 officials surveyed by an industry group do not feel their schools have the bandwidth or devices to make them ready for summative, online testing. Education Week

This statistic further speaks to the importance of expanding high-speed internet access in the nation’s schools.

For the first time, eight states have released innovative best practices for other states and local areas interested in helping students land careers after postsecondary education. eSchoolNews

Vergara versus California prompted speculation about what it would mean for other states where similar lawsuits might be filed. But what does the ruling – if it survives appeals – mean for California? The Hechinger Report

The importance of equity in education can start as early as Kindergarten, according to a new study, and benefit all student groups regardless of socioeconomic background The Huffington Post

The Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously late Thursday to reduce punishments and shorten most suspensions by half for students who commit certain offenses, beginning next fall. The Washington Post

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for the removal of the overall letter grades from schools’ annual progress reports, echoing critics who call the grades overly simplistic and unreliable. ChalkBeat NY

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report of K-12 teachers reveals a growing acceptance of the “Bring Your Own Device” policies EdSurge

More than 120,000 students and teachers in Baltimore County Public Schools will receive HP Elite PCs as part of the district’s Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) 1:1 digital learning program. The Journal

Educators are implementing changes not just in lesson plans and classroom activities, but also in our network infrastructure to accommodate digital learning with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)  eSchoolNews

The goal of South Carolina’s ‘Call Me Mister’ program is not just to diversify the nation’s teacher corps but to provide role models for troubled black boys. NPR

Tablets, including iPads, are all the rage in today’s classrooms. But how many iPad initiatives fail due to common mistakes that could be avoided with proper planning? eSchoolNews




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