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Afternoon Announcements: Secretary Duncan responds to Gov. Jindal’s Common Core lawsuit

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September 22, 2014 12:25 pm

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan mostly dismissed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s federal Common Core lawsuit against the Obama administration as petty politics during an interview with Yahoo! Screen. Click the embedded link to hear Duncan’s comments on a need to focus on what’s right for U.S. students.


As experience shows, simply purchasing and distributing tablets doesn’t mean students will be more engaged with their learning, and it doesn’t guarantee teachers will embrace tech-enabled instruction. Many factors contribute to the successful use of digital devices in the classroom. eSchoolNews

When the 2018-19 school year starts, every student in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin will receive some kind of portable computer device such as an iPad or Chromebook. But not before with dialing back a bit on the purchase of new devices over the next two years and focusing on training teachers to use the iPads and the like effectively, a necessary component to introducing technology to the classroom according to a recent study from the Alliance.

Is Mississippi’s next big movement focused on community engagement and education reform taking shape in local rural classrooms? How the nonprofit Center for Education Innovation is working to change education in the Delta. The Hechinger Report

D.C. is turning to AmeriCorps volunteers to help support its efforts to improve literacy, reduce drop-out rates, and turn around schools.  The Washington Post

New research conducted under the aegis of the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment and focused on community colleges, confirms the widely accepted belief that many graduates make more than people without degrees. The Hechinger Report

A little more than half of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools had failure rates of more than 70 percent for the final exam in Algebra 1 in June, even after the district added 15 percentage points to exam grades, according to newly released district data. The Washington Post

Despite kindergarten’s pivotal role in preparing children for reading and other academics, state laws on what districts must provide still vary widely, resulting in a patchwork of mandatory and voluntary half-day and full-day offerings. The Huffington Post

Texas education officials took an initial step Thursday toward asking the state to reconsider raising the minimum college GPA needed for prospective educators to enter certification programs. The Texas Tribune

Libraries are home to antiques like microfilm readers and encyclopedia, but they haven’t lost their popularity with teenagers. Sixty-five percent of older teens ages 16 to 17 surveyed in 2013 used a library in the past year, the largest percentage for any age group included in a recent report on younger Americans and public libraries, released by the Pew Research Center. High School Notes – U.S. News & World Report

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference, offering free music lessons to kids. NPR

Yielding to residents’ concerns, the San Diego Unified School District says it’s returning the 18-ton MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, that its police department recently acquired from the Department of Defense’s surplus equipment program. NPR

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