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For the first time since 1962, the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee had co-champions!

Scripps National Spelling Bee 2014 Results: Winner, Finalists and Funny Moments Bleacher Report
Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe made history by becoming co-champions at the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Twenty-two tense rounds of stress-inducing action came down to Hathwar and Sujoe, as they dueled through the toughest words the tournament had to throw at them before all puzzles were exhausted.

New Online Database Aims to Get Students into Internships EdSource
Students in linked learning programs get real-life work experience while they learn. A growing push to give students on-the-job work experience as part of their academic studies faces a bedeviling challenge: finding suitable job placements can be complicated and labor-intensive work.

New Orleans District Moves to An All-Charter System nprED
The nation’s largest experiment with charter schools is expanding. The Recovery School District, a state control board that runs most schools in New Orleans, shut down the last of its five traditional public schools this week, making it the first all-charter system in the nation.

Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition New York Times
Opposition to the Common Core, a set of reading and math standards for elementary, middle and high school students that were originally adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, has gathered momentum among state lawmakers in recent weeks. The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina are considering signing bills to repeal the standards and replace them with locally written versions. In Missouri, lawmakers passed a bill that would require a committee of state educators to come up with new standards within the next two years.

Big Data Comes Under Scrutiny – Facebook Looking for Younger Users Politico
BIG DATA UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Online learning has exploded in both K-12 and higher education. And the more students click away, the more personal information they reveal — not just about what they know, but about how they think and learn. AND SPEAKING OF PRIVACY: Facebook wants to patent a system for letting children create accounts with parental supervision, a sign the social network may be moving closer to extending membership to pre-teens.

California’s CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver, Ed. Dept. Says Education Week
The California districts that won a special reprieve from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act are falling short on several key pieces of their waiver agreement, and, in some areas, made major changes to their plan without first getting permission from the U.S. Department of Education.

A High-School Diploma Is Pretty Much Useless These Days Huffington Post
When it comes to making money, college graduates have a huge and growing advantage over high-school graduates — but that’s mainly because the value of a high-school diploma has plummeted.

Homeless Teen Graduates As Valedictorian, Will Attend College Thanks to the Internet Huffington Post
Griffin Furlong, from Jacksonville, Fla., has faced more trials than your average high school student, and yet he still managed to triumph over adversity and succeed. The teen lost his mother to cancer when he was a child, leaving him with his father and older brother. Soon after the death of his mother, the three found themselves living in a homeless shelter for two years, CBS 10 News reported.

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