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Afternoon Announcements: Senate Makes Plans to Revisit NCLB Rewrite

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March 10, 2015 12:40 pm

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The Senate appears to have made significant progress on a bipartisan effort to update the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the committee’s senior Democrat, said in a statement that they hope to have a hearing on their legislation the week of April 13. Associated Press

A study published Tuesday by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire assembles data to show that an “opportunity gap” has emerged, making an upward climb much tougher in the 21st century, compared with the mid-20th century. NPR

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told a crowd of more than 500 in West Palm Beach on Monday that many places are over-testing their students, and spoke on his vision for education and his push to fix the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Sun Sentinel

In an emerging sign of possible budget-battle lines, Democrats in the New York Assembly rejected proposals on Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo linking an increase in statewide school aid to an array of his proposed changes. The New York Times

This year marks the first time that all math and English teachers in Mississippi are teaching the new Common Core standards. But English and math aren’t the only subjects getting a makeover in the state. The Hechinger Report

The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee on Monday OK’d new education standards for math and English to replace Common Core. The State

Citing confusion and frustration at the rollout of the new PARCC test — given for the first time in Illinois on Monday — Chicago legislators and some parents called for support for a bill that would clarify how schools would treat children whose parents don’t want them to take the test. Chicago Sun Times

A growing number of parents nationwide are choosing to pull their children out of standardized testing. But few states explicitly allow or prohibit test refusal, according to a recent analysis by the Education Commission of the States, an organization that tracks education trends. The Washington Post

Village Green Virtual Charter School is at the forefront of Rhode Island’s bid to expand “blended learning,” a combination of online courses with teacher-led classroom instruction. The Hechinger Report

Next school year, Clark County, Nevada expects to have 2,600 teachers fewer than it needs. The shortage, the result of an awakening economy, attrition and growing population has created a heavy reliance on substitute teachers and oversubscribed special education programs. The Huffington Post

As modern education becomes more technologically focused, students and teachers alike need to be able to access the internet from wherever they are learning, and some districts are working to make that happen. eSchoolNews

Los Angeles Unified School District teachers are moving to a new professional development site that will centralize all of their learning opportunities. THE Journal



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