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Afternoon Announcements: Minnesota, California Governors Focus on Education in Inaugural Addresses

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January 06, 2015 01:30 am

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Declaring that better learning opportunities can help erase America’s growing gap between rich and poor, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term Monday with a vow to deliver “an excellent education” to every single Minnesotan. Minnesota Star Tribune

California Governor Jerry Brown again identified education as a key focus during his inaugural address Monday – giving it top billing during remarks at and forecasting billions in additional school funding next year. EdSource

A close-knit school in upstate New York was one of a dozen in the state to go from floundering on state tests in 2012 to scoring better than most on the more difficult exams administered in 2014. How did this previously unexceptional school crack a code and find the lessons that work for its students and the Common Core? The Hechinger Report

Driven by higher tuition fees and tighter state funds, America’s public colleges now get more money from their students than from all state sources, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. NPR

If a new bill passes the Tennessee General Assembly this session, Tennessee high school students will have to know the answers to questions often asked of those attempting to obtain citizenship in order to graduate from a public high school. Chalkbeat TN

In the second year of what was intended to be a tough new system of evaluating educators in Indiana, hardly any were rated ineffective and nearly all were certified as doing their jobs effectively, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education. Chalkbeat IN

The gap between what wealthy and poor school districts spend on education in Pennsylvania has doubled since Gov. Tom Corbett took office, according to a recent study by the Associated Press. NewsWorks

Across the globe, 126 million youth are illiterate, but a new app could significantly reduce that dire figure with the help of digital libraries. The Huffington Post

The Fairfax County School Board in Virginia is seeking to double the salary paid to board members beginning in 2016 despite the budget challenges faced by the district. The Washington Post

A New Hampshire legislator wants to bar colleges and public schools from requiring students to provide access to personal social media accounts, calling such intrusions a violation of personal privacy rights. eSchoolNews

Oklahoma’s Altus Public Schools has launched a 1:1 computing initiative in an effort to provide personalized digital learning and integrate technology skills practice with the classroom. The Journal

 

 

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