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September 16, 2014 02:50 pm

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Starting next year, eRate applicants will be able to see how much other schools are paying for similar kinds of services, under one of many changes designed to keep costs down and simplify the nation’s school wiring program, offering greater transparency into eRate contracts that could lead to better pricing on telecommunications services, internet access, and internal connectivity for U.S. schools and libraries. eSchoolNews

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s recommendation for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for the E-rate program.

The New York Board of Regents discussed reducing the number of Regents exams needed to graduate from high school from five to four on Monday.  Under one proposal, students would still have to pass a fifth exam, but they would be able to choose from a broad menu of tests in fields like culinary arts and carpentry. ChalkBeat NY

More than a third of states with waivers from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act say they want to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to put off incorporating student test-scores into teacher evaluations until the end of this school year. Politics K-12 Education Week

The nonprofit organization QuestBridge has figured out how to convince thousands of high-achieving, low-income students that they really can attend a top college by pairing them with some of the most elite schools in the country. The Upshot – The New York Times

 

A new analysis just out by the National Center for Science Education raises more red flags treatment of global warming in the new social studies textbooks up for consideration this week by the Texas Board of Education. Politico

After weeks of protests, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart ended the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, known as the FAIR test, in kindergarten through second grade. In its place, teachers will observe children’s reading abilities in a more informal setting than the online exam, which recently experienced glitches. The Tampa Bay Times

The planning, the commitment to a 1:1 device plan, potential price tag of nearly $500 million to obtain more than 600,000 iPads, and a question of business ethics are all part of the saga of Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy suspending the future use of a contract with Apple in August that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system. eSchoolNews

As part of its mission to help teachers across the country share best practices, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) a grant to help create a Common Core Teacher Practice Network. The network will publish 200 participant-generated examples, artifacts and resources to support teachers as they implement the Common Core. The Journal

Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama’s future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. The Huffington Post

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