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Afternoon Announcements: Senators Set to Debate Rewrite of NCLB Law

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January 14, 2015 02:00 pm

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Top Republican and Democratic negotiators over federal education law each took to the Senate floor Tuesday to lay out their sometimes conflicting visions for rewriting No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chair of the Senate education panel, emphasized that he wants to shrink the federal footprint in local education. The Washington Post

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a new emergency manager on Tuesday to oversee the Detroit Public Schools, the fourth such state-assigned manager to lead the struggling system since it was deemed in serious financial trouble in 2009. The New York Times

Some states have been quick to drop the new national academic standards — but North Carolina is taking its time before deciding the Common Core’s future in 2015. NPR

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out our latest Core of the Matter blog from Alliance President and former Governor of West Virginia Bob Wise. Wise highlights what educators really have to say about the Common Core Standards, and they may surprise naysayers.  

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today called again on the legislature to make education its main focus this year during his State of the State address through big changes in school funding, choice and more. Chalkbeat IN

Montana’s high school graduation rate has risen to 85.4 percent, its highest point since the state’s Office of Public Instruction began calculating the rate in 2000. The Montana Standard

California Gov. Jerry Brown said last week he’s open to changing tenure and other teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit, and most teachers in a new survey say they want to change them, too. EdSource

A recent report published in December’s issue of the American Sociological Review finds that students in schools with high rates of suspensions suffer academically -– even if they are not being suspended themselves. The Huffington Post

 

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