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Afternoon Announcements June 20, 2014

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June 20, 2014 12:19 pm

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The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards. Associated Press

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry released a pro-Common Core video Thursday, the day after Gov. Bobby Jindal announced plans to scrap the academic standards in the state. The Times-Picayune

After months of hearings, the two key lawmakers charged with overseeing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in the U.S. Senate are beginning to stake out firmer positions on what they want to include in the massive law that governs colleges and universities. InsideHigherEd

As the legislative session wrapped up in Albany on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put forward a proposal to protect teachers from high-stakes consequences tied to student performance on new state tests. WNYC

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday praised a New York bill that would hold teachers harmless for poor Common Core-based test scores through next school year, saying it maintains “New York’s commitment to be leaders in education reform.” Lohud

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