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Afternoon Announcements: May 21, 2014

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May 21, 2014 01:50 pm


Indiana Data Network Draws Opposition Education Week
Rising concerns about the privacy and security of vast amounts of student data are playing out across the country. That is especially true in Indiana, where the state is building a network that would gather and analyze academic information on students from the time they enter kindergarten to their days as adults in the workplace.

Sec. Duncan Amplifies [State Superintendent] King’s Comments on Segregation in City Schools Chalkbeat
“As you know from your own reporting, educational opportunity and diversity can vary widely among urban and suburban districts within a short drive of each other. In New York City, even a few blocks can make a huge difference, as state commissioner John King recently pointed out. John called the achievement gaps between affluent and poor students a disgrace. I agree. That disgrace is painfully at odds with the American promise that if you study and work hard, you should have an equal opportunity to get a quality education, no matter your zip code or skin color.” – U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan in a speech made to a room full of education journalists at the Education Writers Association conference in Nashville, TN.

For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field New York Times
In the American national mythology, there are few more revered ideas than the belief in education’s power to provide every child a shot at success and to overcome entrenched inequality.

Arne Duncan: Closing Education Gaps “Moral Imperative” Knoxville News Sentinel
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan … looks on as fifth grade students work at the board during a visit to Brick Church College Prep on Tuesday in Nashville.

Bailout for Teachers’ Pensions to Cost California School Districts Los Angeles Times
California’s public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don’t meet expectations.

Why Aren’t High School Students Graduating? New Report Sheds Light PBS NewsHour
Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating, according to a report released Monday by GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance.

It’s Time for a New Accountability in American Education Huffington Post
Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards.


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