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Afternoon Announcements: North Carolina Adopts Tougher Standards

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October 07, 2013 04:17 pm

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Are those 4,000 Department of Education employees on furlough getting paid during the shutdown? For now, they’re not, but they could be eligible for back pay under a bill authored by a cadre of Republican and Democratic lawmakers from the Washington area. The Obama administration supports the measure. Politics K-12

Wisconsin’s Common Core academic standards don’t force school districts to give up control of their curriculum or instruction methods, the standards’ supporters told a pair of Republican committees studying whether to change the requirements on Thursday. Education Week

The Los Angeles Board of Education has scheduled a special Oct. 29 meeting to review efforts to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation’s second-largest school system. The next phase of the iPad project “will cost a quarter of a billion dollars or more,” Ratliff told The Times. “Clearly, the board and the district should have answers to the many questions that have arisen.” Los Angeles Times

The North Carolina State Board of Education adopted passing scores for standardized tests Thursday after toying with the idea of lowering the bar so more students would pass. The board unanimously voted for scoring standards that mean failure rates of greater than 50 percent in most of the reading, math and science tests students took last spring. News Observer

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