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July 14, 2014 12:49 pm


 FCC vote to modernized E-Rate is a major victory for students and schools

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote to modernization eRate is major win for students and schools when it comes to WiFi availability.  eSchoolNews

In Mississippi, a technology access gap only compounds the state’s most persistent educational problems as poor school districts struggle to adapt to educational technology. The Hechinger Report Luckily for students and districts, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to modernize eRate means equal access to the internet for even the poorest areas.

States like Oklahoma and South Carolina which have opted out of the Common Core State Standards face the prospect of less time to create new academic standards, something that could greatly effect students. Education Week

This weekend, the National Governors Association’s three-day meeting saw Common Core discussion from governors on both sides of implementing the standards. The Huffington Post

As Colorado schools undergo changes in testing systems, a 15-member panel will start meeting Tuesday to see how the implementation of new tests is going. The Denver Post

Poor math performances in Montgomery County, MD schools means summer school for some students The Washington Post

A lawsuit challenging the Legislature’s repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma’s highest court Tuesday. KGOU

The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) is expected to join the boycott of Staples after the U.S. Postal Service announced a new pilot program that would offer certain postal services at select stores. The Huffington Post

The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) governing body passed a resolution calling for more teacher input into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Education Week

Scores of students in predominantly affluent areas can pay for courses, bolstering their transcripts to be more attractive to colleges, which some say contributes to an already wide inequity in educational opportunity by offering public school credit at a cost only some can afford. The LA Times

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a $3 million randomized-control trial to gauge the effectiveness of Khan Academy, the now-ubiquitous online-learning site that popularized the “flipped classroom” model.  Education Week Digital Education




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