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Afternoon Announcements: Secretary Duncan Sets a Goal to Increase Diversity Among U.S. Teachers

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January 23, 2015 12:30 pm

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To remedy the lack of diversity that continues among U.S. teachers – who remain overwhelmingly white and female – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan set a 2015 goal to add thousands more black male teachers in U.S. schools.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday tapped former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as chairman of his education foundation, turning over the organization to the former diplomat and academic. The Associated Press

An annual report based on two large-scale surveys of education decision-makers reveals that school technology budgets are growing stronger, school leaders are seeking Common Core-aligned instructional materials, and there is a growing demand for tools that improve teaching and personalized learning. eSchoolNews

President  Barack Obama ’s push to start taxing college-saving accounts, including the popular “529” accounts, would affect millions of Americans who are stashing money for their children’s education, stirring debate about how to structure federal student aid and how to define the middle class. The Wall Street Journal

An annual report based on two large-scale surveys of education decision-makers reveals that school technology budgets are growing stronger, school leaders are seeking Common Core-aligned instructional materials, and there is a growing demand for tools that improve teaching and personalized learning. eSchoolNewsNot only does home access to high-speed Internet service vary by state, it also varies within states. Some metropolitan areas far out-pace neighboring towns; some well-connected cities have pockets of poor access in certain neighborhoods. The Hechinger Report

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña formally shifted power back to district superintendents Thursday and promised to disband the school-support networks that had eclipsed them Chalkbeat NY

The Tennessee senator who filed a bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards has had a change of heart, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Chalkbeat TN

At a time when the debate over how to assess America’s schoolteachers is often framed as too easy vs. too harsh, Wisconsin is striving for something in between, attempting to create a teacher evaluation system that’s more rigorous than the observations of yesteryear. The Hechinger Report

Counselors play a key role in helping students succeed in school and persist to college, research suggests, but advocates say a shortage of counselors has hampered efforts to serve students. EdSource

More than a million students, including many in D.C., will be able to download Microsoft software for free at home. Officials said the boost in technology will help bridge a digital divide by providing the tools to students who traditionally have less access.

In a sharp reversal from the recent past, the percentage of Denver, CO Public School students from low-income families has been shrinking incrementally for three years now as enrollment in schools booms. Chalkbeat CO

The percentage of Colorado high school students who graduated on-time rose to 77.3 percent in 2014, a nearly 5 percentage-point increase since 2010, the Colorado Department of Education reported Thursday. Chalkbeat CO

Educators can increase their power by maximizing the use of the apps available on their smart phones, according to Warren Dale, technology facilitator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dale said the smart phone is a crucial tool to supervise teachers in a school. The Journal

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