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June 30, 2014 12:38 pm

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 U.S Department of Education weighs in on NCLB waivers


The U.S. Department of Education promises a more stringent process the next time around for states using the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, after several states struggle to turn around low-performing schools under the waiver EdWeek Politics K-12

Parents are facing some challenges when it comes to helping their students with math homework following states adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). But  officials urge parents to ‘hang in there’ for what will likely be the best year in math their student has ever had. The New York Times

Teachers’ unions applauded the increased emphasis of on-the-job training for teachers and principals in preparation programs that’s included in Senate Democrats’ proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) – which the Alliance called for in its proposal for the HEA –  but reject others from the revamped act. Education Week Politics K-12

DC Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s efforts to expand the number of schools with longer days has been met with resistance from the teachers union. The Washington Post

Secondary schoolteachers around the world mostly love their job, but many say they are not valued by society, according to a new study. The New York Times

 

State leaders and education organizations sign an agreement Friday to collaborate on methods for assessing classroom effectiveness, a central element of the state’s evaluation system for teachers and principals to work on goals for student learning. The Washington Post

U.S. Rep. Brian Sims (D-PA) calls on his state to fund Philadelphia’s public schools as the city’s institutions face a $96 million budget deficit: The Huffington Post

Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi had called for the board to terminate an online-based testing contract after thousands of students across the state experienced disruptions while taking the test for the second year in a row.  The Oklahoman

U.S. Department of Education names a “student liaison” for the office of educational technology, a new position that will bring a young person’s perspective on digital tools and their capabilities. Education Week

Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students in efforts to better personalize technology based education for students: The LA Times

A new assessment tool from called Snapshot by Edmodo, designed to provide real-time insight into student proficiency in educational standards and help teachers immediately address any learning gaps, makes its debut at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 conference:  The Journal

Emodo also released an app for Windows 8.1 that emphasizes core functions most used by teachers and students on mobile devices in the classroom environment: Business Wire

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and actress Rosario Dawson discuss the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet’s visions for education technology in the classroom: The Huffington Post

Changes could be coming to the process teachers navigate to renew their work licenses in Tennessee, including easier routes for those who perform well on annual evaluations. The Tennessean  

U.S. Schools prepare for the surge of young immigrants Education Week

A relatively new technology standard has huge potential for school connectivity as it aims to relieve congested networks and drastically increase network speed. eSchoolNews

In an effort to bring more technology to the classroom, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Friday that teachers can apply for free training run by six different technology companies this summer. ChalkBeat NY

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