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October 28, 2014 12:35 pm

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Reacting to ongoing problems with a new computerized student data system, Los Angeles school district officials have ordered a review of every senior’s transcript and brought in counselors and administrators to ensure those records won’t hurt students’ chances to graduate or apply to college. The LA Times

Time Magazine’s latest cover story details the efforts of certain Silicon Valley investors to derail teacher tenure practices. Teachers unions, however, are taking particular issue with the story’s associated cover art, a gavel smashing an apple, and text that says, “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The Huffington Post

Every year, low-income students in the United States overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree. What can colleges and universities do different to stop this trend? The UpShot – The New York Times

Collecting and using student data is a hotly-debated topic in today’s school, and a panel of education experts and stakeholders outlined a handful of steps that can help school leaders, educators, and parents better understand exactly how student data privacy and security are handled. eSchoolNews

Apple has chosen 114 schools to receive a share of $100 million in grants to provide curriculum support, wireless infrastructure and classroom technology, such as iPads and MacBooks. The Journal

For the first time since the state enacted kindergarten legislation in 1891, California children have to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. The new cutoff date follows years of efforts in the state Legislature to move the date students were eligible for kindergarten to be in line with at least 20 other states with a Sept. 1 cutoff date. EdSource

Two months into the school year, Walter Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter in Philadelphia has shuttered its high school — displacing the 286 students who attended the Tacony campus. Newsworks

A new poll from Lincoln Park Strategies and Social Driver has found that a large majority of Americans strongly or somewhat support “the greater use of online technology for testing students.” The Journal

All students in grades 3–10 and their teachers at Hawaii’s Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area in Kapolei will have access to DimensionU, an educational gaming platform for math and language arts. The Journal

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