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Afternoon Announcements July 21, 2014

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July 21, 2014 12:29 pm

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Obama’s initiative to improve education outcomes for male students of color grows


President Obama will announce today that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. The New York Times

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hired an expert in urban education to help improve the outcomes for African American boys in D.C. Public Schools. The Washington Post

Large numbers of new teachers and teachers getting ready to retire have left a gap of experienced classroom instructors in Arizona’s public schools. Arizona Daily Star

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s latest report on teacher attrition and retention.

Montgomery County, MD schools add Ps to student report cards – focusing more on ‘Performance and Progress’ as the Common Core State Standards hit schools. The Washington Post

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s call to scrap Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Wisconsin schools isn’t getting support from his fellow GOP leaders who say developing all news standards would be extremely difficult. LaCrosse Tribune

Dozens of public universities across the country report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other schools, according to new data on 266 institutions. The Washington Post

New report says schools in New York should rethink high school exit exams with the rollout of Common Core State Standards. ChalkBeat NY

Game on: “Mathcraft” is a Common Core-focused math curriculum focused around Minecraft, and the teacher who invented it is hoping it will help students in the classroom. eSchoolNews

 

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