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Afternoon Announcements: Secretary Duncan talks NCLB waivers, Common Core

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September 17, 2014 02:27 pm

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During his recent back-to-south bus tour that spanned seven cities in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down with Education Week to discuss everything from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers for states to the growing debate over the newly implemented Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Check out what Sec. Duncan had to say on those and several other education tops. Campaign K-12: Education Week

States of education: In the second installment of the series, “The smartest kids in the nation,” chronicling how four high-performing or fast-improving states are making gains in education compared to the struggles in its own state of Michigan. MLive takes a look at the teaching efforts in Minnesota.

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago, according the Virginia Department of Education. The Washington Post

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to encourage more than 700,000 students with some college credit but no degree to return to school with a campaign slated to launch this week. State Impact

According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans believe teacher preparation should be more rigorous. But what’s the best way to teach teachers? PBS News Hour

New York City teachers now have 80 uninterrupted minutes every Monday afternoon to collaborate and train. The weekly sessions are mandated by the new teachers’ contract and are the cornerstone of Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s plan to uplift the school system. ChalkBeat NY

A discussion about whether Maine will become the latest state to repeal the Common Core began Tuesday at the hands of a fast-tracked new panel whose recommendations will go to the Legislature next year. The Bangor Daily News

Kansas education officials have secured federal approval not to release test results for last school year that experts say were rendered invalid by the technical problems and cyber-attacks that plagued the state’s computer-based exams. The Topeka Capital Journal

The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education in D.C., which was revived this year after a four-year hiatus, fielded 150 complaints or concerns in its first six months. The office’s first report, scheduled for release Wednesday, offers a snapshot of the types of matters that D.C. parents were trying to resolve. The Washington Post

Anger over school closures and education budget woes add to the re-election woes of Kansas Governor Sam BrownBack.  Aljazeera America

This year, the D.C. Public Charter School Board received no applications from out-of-state operators, and overall applications dipped slightly compared with recent years for what the ‘fast track’ program for experienced charter school operators. The Washington Post

With more students bringing their own tech into the classroom, teachers are finding that apps aren’t just fun — they’re valuable tools to help manage student behaviors, to communicate with parents and to connect learning with social media. NPR

K-12 students in the U.S. and Canada are being invited to enter a science competition, from Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association, that asks them to propose a new technology based on a problem that exists. The Journal

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