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October 23, 2014 12:30 pm


New York City lawmakers introduced a slate of legislation Wednesday meant to prod the administration to boost diversity in the city school system, which is among the most segregated in the country. One resolution urges state lawmakers to pass a bill amending the admission policy for the city’s most selective schools, which admit few black and Hispanic students. Chalkbeat NY

When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. They want technology to use as learning tools, they want to collaborate, and they want to work on projects that are relevant to their learning and the real world. Through project-based learning (PBL), students achieve a deeper understanding of lessons as they investigate and attempt to solve real-world problems. eSchoolNews

Barbara Byrd-Bennett,  CEO of Chicago Public Schools said at a board meeting Tuesday that she is asking the Illinois State Board of Education and the federal government to let the district delay the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Byrd-Bennett told the board she wanted “concurrence from the federal government by Thanksgiving.” Catalyst Chicago

New York State will conduct a compliance review of school districts’ enrollment procedures in an effort to eliminate barriers to schooling for undocumented immigrant children, the State Education Department and the attorney general’s office plan to announce on Thursday. The New York Times

Four years after their Tennessee roll-out, the Common Core State Standards will undergo a period of intense review by the public and committees of educators, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday, two years ahead of the usual six year review of new standards. Chalkbeat TN

Newly installed Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon Cortines said he opposes using construction bond money to pay for curriculum on student computers, raising new questions about the future of the system’s $1.3-billion technology project. The LA Times

Libraries often suffer financially when school administrators are forced to make budget cuts, often because administrators might still have outdated views regarding what the school library actually does. But when taking into consideration the low-income students with no access to the internet at home, it’s easy to make the case for how essential libraries and librarians are to student learning. eSchoolNews

With more school materials heading online, parents and students with no online access find they can no longer count on home for homework. That leaves libraries as a crucial venue for their youngest patrons, but funding challenges, reduced hours on school nights and aging equipment have made it harder to meet the demand. eSchoolNews

Two dozen Indianapolis Public Schools teachers selected to be “teacher leaders” at some of the district’s most troubled schools will get $6,000 in extra pay this year, following a 3-2 school board vote. Teachers trained over the summer toward a goal of helping fellow teachers improve their skills and boost student test scores, but without leaving the classroom themselves. Chalkbeat IN

Amid growing concern over the privacy of students’ data, the Data Quality Campaign has released a new policy brief designed to clear up misconceptions and offer guidance to educational leaders. Student Data Collection, Access, and Storage: Separating Fact from Fiction points out several key facts about the collection and sharing of student information.

A West Town building that housed one of the city closed last year is the first to be sold by Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the former Peabody Elementary school site and building, one of only three closed schools that reached a bid stage for a potential sale. The Chicago Tribune


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