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Afternoon Announcements: Teachers become the students, introducing “Blended Learning” to the classroom

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September 30, 2014 12:46 pm

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Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature’s decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect. The Associated Press

Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay. The Associated Press

This summer, nearly 100 new and veteran teachers from the New York City public schools became students themselves. The subject? How to introduce blended learning into their classrooms. The Hechinger Report

Chicago Public Schools District spokesman Bill McCaffrey confirmed that there are at least 3,000 fewer students in the public school system. The decline keeps Chicago just ahead of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which enrolls roughly 380,000 students, including pre-K students, vocational students and those in charter schools. WBEZ

A recent report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education analyzed recent data from the U.S. Department of Education and found that by the age of 26, just 12 percent of high school graduates have failed to enroll in a two or four-year college. The Huffington Post

A report released Friday from the organization Raise DC studied the dropout rates in DC and attempted identify early risk factors that can derail students from graduating and suggests several building blocks for citywide improvement in high school graduation rates. The Washington Post

A national teachers union is set to spend a record amount in the 2014 election cycle, focused on ousting several conservative governors who have gone after labor unions and cut spending for public education. The Huffington Post

At a New York City City Council hearing Monday, councilors focused on legislation would require the education department to collect and share information greater amounts of information on the guidance counselors in the City’s public schools. Chalkbeat NY

Four weeks into the school year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wasn’t yet ready to detail his vision for improving with the city’s worst-performing schools, saying those plans would be released soon for the second time this month. Chalkbeat NY

A new group, made up of residents and activists from across Maryland, has formed to help Prince George’s County residents who are fighting the county school system’s plan to build cellphone towers on school property. The Washington Post

The Louisiana Association of Educators has sued the state of Louisiana to block it from using its main school budget to fund certain types of charter schools, saying such funding is unconstitutional. The Times – Picayune

Administrators at the local, district, and state levels are essential to leading and supporting the digital transition in schools across the nation, and at a Sept. 29 summit, a panel of education leaders outlined a number of key ways that leadership can support and sustain a digital transition. eSchoolNews

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