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Afternoon Announcements: Obama: “Give Every Child a Chance” with New ESEA Law

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February 18, 2015 02:06 pm

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In his weekly address last week, President Obama laid out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career. Obama spoke of his desire to replace No Child Left Behind with a new law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every kid a fair shot at success. Click the embedded link below to watch the full address:

For many teachers across the country, learning about learning has become really interesting. There are so many choices and modes of learning, at a teachers fingertips.  That’s the power of personalized learning — but not yet an experience most teachers have. edSurge

Nearly 42,000 New York City public school students have been referred to occupational therapy treatments, designed to help with things like managing sensitivities to noise or improving fine motor skills. The New York Times

President Obama’s offer of a full ride to community college should increase enrollment, but its success will depend more on how many students graduate. The New York Times

Iowa students wouldn’t be able to quit school until they were 18 years old under an Iowa Senate bill generating debate about the best ways to address high school dropout rates in a competitive global economy. The Des Moines Register

Only 19 percent of 17-year-olds read for fun every day in 2012 according to a 2014 report from Common Sense Media. But High schoolers will be more inclined to read for fun if they have books that interest them available. US News & World Report

The Oklahoma Standards Setting Steering Committee put in place Tuesday a tentative process and timeline for the development of the state’s new academic standards. Tulsa World

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday endorsed legislation that would for the first time assign letter grades to Texas public school campuses based on their academic performance. The Dallas Morning News

A recent survey by the Louisiana Association of Educators found that a majority of Louisiana teachers believe students are being tested too much in regards to state-required standardized tests. The Times Picayune

This spring, students across Washington State will take a new standardized test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment via an adaptive online format that has the potential to make the test more challenging as students answer questions. eSchoolNews

Teachers at Queens Metropolitan High School meet every Monday afternoon during mandatory “professional work” sessions at their school, as part of an after-school peer evaluation club. Chalkbeat NY

Jennifer Littlejohn, Tennessee’s director of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), an organization advocating for charter schools and vouchers, resigned last week to grow her own public strategies firm in Memphis. Chalkbeat TN

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