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Afternoon Announcements: NY State Regents sign off on jobs-oriented diploma requirements

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October 21, 2014 01:30 pm

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The New York State Board of Regents gave initial approval to a major change to high school graduation requirements on Monday, allowing students to earn their diplomas with one fewer test if they pass another assessment in a range of subjects like languages, the arts, hospitality management and carpentry. The New York Times

Results from the Consortium for School Networking’s 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal gaps in U.S. school districts’ broadband and technology infrastructure. The report identifies affordability and adequate funding as the most significant barriers to delivering sufficient Internet connectivity to schools.

Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education’s postsecondary data collection. California, New York, and Texas, among the largest producers of teachers, have seen steep drops. Education Week

DC officials announced Monday the opening of a new centralized office dedicated to helping young high school dropouts get back on track to earn a diploma or GED, as the latest effort to overhaul the city’s public education system by bringing back young adults who had given up on school. The Washington PostJohn Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off. And Deasy’s departure as L.A. schools superintendent last week shows how difficult it has been for them to succeed. The LA Times

A judge has temporarily stopped the Philadelphia School District from imposing health care costs on teachers in a preliminary injunction on Monday. NBC 10

Teachers who received extra training and support in implementing the Common Core State Standards have had a “positive” experience introducing them into their classrooms, according to a national survey of teachers. But the vast majority said they needed more professional training. EdSource

Desert Trails Preparatory Academy is the first (and so far, only) school in California and the U.S. to be fully chartered under a Parent Trigger law, which allows a simple majority of a school’s parents to wrest control of a low-performing school from a public school district, and transform it into a charter school. And it’s left many parents unhappy. The Huffington Post

Next spring, students across Colorado and a dozen other states and Washington D.C., will be the first to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) exams. The tests and the Common Core State Standards they are aligned, have led to the Colorado General Assembly established a task force to study the state’s issue with the assessment. Chalkbeat CO

A high school student who was accused of cheating, and consequently given a failing grade on a chemistry test, is suing her school district. The student, now a senior at Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington, wants the court to order that her grade be changed. The Huffington Post

Teachers who play are more likely to bring the joy into their classrooms, according to a new Joan Ganz Cooney Center report. Based on findings from 694 K-8 teachers across the U.S., the study “found that 78% of teachers who play digital games also use them in instruction, whereas only 55% of teachers who do not play games use them with their students.” edSurge

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