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Afternoon Announcements: New York City Mayor outlines plan to improve 90+ struggling schools

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November 03, 2014 01:05 pm

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will unveil the city’s plan to rescue more than 90 low-performing schools in a speech Monday, as calls for a detailed school-turnaround strategy have grown steadily louder during de Blasio’s 10 months in office. Chalkbeat NY

Most U.S. public school students are learning math very differently than their parents did, due to Common Core State Standards, national K-12 math and reading benchmarks that have been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia. In order to prepare themselves for those inevitable moments when their kids ask for homework help, some parents are going ‘back-to-school’ to better understand the new standards. The Washington Post

Leaders in some of the nation’s big-city school districts say they have new momentum—created by attention from President Barack Obama—to tackle one of the most vexing problems in urban schools: improving academic outcomes for African-American and Latino boys. Education Week

New teacher evaluation data show that Minneapolis schools with the largest number of low-income students have the highest concentration of poor-performing instructors, and students in the most affluent neighborhoods are far more likely to have the best and most experienced teachers. Minnesota Star Tribune

The head of technology for the Los Angeles Unified School District has resigned, the latest fallout from two troubled technology efforts: the iPads-for-all project and a new student records system. The LA Times

An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contraception methods from a biology textbook after a conservative majority decided it fell afoul of a state law that says materials should give a preference to childbirth or adoption. Reuters

Suspensions of New York City students held steady last school year, ending a two-year streak of declining numbers, according to new data from the Department of Education. Chalkbeat NY

All Louisiana third through eighth graders in public school will take the new Common Core test on paper next spring, instead of on computer, Education Superintendent John White announced Friday. The Times Picayune

New data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows how student-teacher ratio varied by state in the 2012 – 2013 school year, ranging from a high of almost 24 students for every teacher in California, to about 11 students per every teacher in Vermont. The Huffington Post

The number of charter schools surpassed 6,000 at the start of the 2012-13 school year, as these schools — publicly financed, but privately run — steadily increased by 7 percent throughout the United States that year. The Hechinger Report

The administrators at Falls Church High School are aware of the school’s reputation. Compared with other Fairfax County high schools in Virginia, Falls Church students lag behind their counterparts in on-time graduation rate and average SAT score. The Washington Post

As part of its $100 million commitment to President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Apple will provide devices, software, and support to 114 schools across the nation that will go to schools with at least 96 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. eSchoolNews

After-school programs – long an option for working parents of younger children – can be an important tool in preventing at-risk teens from dropping out a report from the Afterschool Alliance reveals.

What happens when a teacher spends two days as a student?  After 17 years of teaching, one teacher tried it – living vicariously through her high school student.  The Huffington Post

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