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October 27, 2014 12:30 pm

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Los Angeles Unified students could take school-issued iPads home as soon as next month under a new plan that officials say has dealt with security concerns. The issue has been much debated, as part of a $1.3-billion plan to provide a computer to every student in the nation’s second-largest school system. The LA Times

A new report by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness found that the number of homeless kids in public city schools has jumped 63 percent in the last five years, with the borough of Queens experiencing an alarming 90 percent spike. Most of those students inhabit neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens known to house middle-class families.

The dropout rate for Latino students, 14 percent, is the lowest it’s been in three decades and has been cut in half since 2000.  About a fourth of the people who took the GED test in 2013 were Latino, the largest share since 2003. From the economy to policies instituted, many factors play into these promising numbers for the largest growing population in US public schools. NBC News

Student-centered learning in its broadest sense describes an approach where teachers function more as coaches than lecturers. While it’s gaining momentum nationally, the term – though sometimes used incorrectly, say the model’s advocates – is still evolving. The Atlantic

District administrators in Florida will soon have a new online resource to help them understand the nature of potential and real safety and security issues their schools face as the state department launches the Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool (FSSAT) for managing safety assessments in 6,000 public and charter schools. The Journal

High school teachers who supplement their instruction with a massive open online course – popularly known as a MOOC – have found a way for their students to learn from others around the world, guiding them along the way. High School Notes – US News & World Report

Each year, thousands of Mississippi teens cycle through the justice system, where experts say the quality of education is often low especially for those with special needs. Following several lawsuits, Mississippi has worked to improve the quality of education for all students in the system, with some successes. The Hechinger Report

D.C. Public school enrollment has climbed 15 percent since the last election, four years ago — a boost generated in part by middle-class families who are sticking around to give the public schools a try. The Washington Post

Some members of the Boys and Girls High School leadership team think the city has left them out of important decisions effecting the long-time struggling school. Chalkbeat NY

The latest national survey that looks at the ability of young people to better their lives through economic opportunity and education comes with some good news for Mississippi: More students are graduating from high school and more people are going to college. Still, the state lags behind much of the nation in key areas, according to the 2014 “Opportunity Index.” The Hechinger Report

A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information. NPR

At Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, the first publicly funded Chinese-immersion charter school in the United States, most classes are taught in Mandarin and students are near fluency by eighth grade. The New York Times

A new television ad from New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tackles education and appears to be a response to criticism from his opponent of his support for the Common Core. The New York Times

According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 54 percent of school districts have opted to administer the English and mathematics PARCC exams to students in grades 3-8 next year, instead of the MCAS exams. Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Department of Education last week unveiled a new web site which allows comment on what the state says children should know and be able to do in public schools. The site opened with third-grade math and English language arts. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teaching Matters, a nonprofit that focuses on improving teacher effectiveness, will launch a pilot program in which it gives “micro-credentials” to teachers who demonstrate the skills necessary to improve student achievement and sustain effective instruction in urban schools. The Journal

Loudoun County, VA new schools Superintendent Eric Williams is pushing for more innovative teaching and project-based student learning in county classrooms. The Washington Post

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