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Afternoon Announcements: The Seven Largest School Districts in U.S. to Teach Computer Science

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December 08, 2014 12:15 pm

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The seven largest school districts in the U.S. encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Houston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday, an initiative that will help give an additional 12 million K-12 students access to computer science education.  The Huffington Post

75,000 New York City eighth grade students have entrusted their application choices for one of the city’s 426 public high schools to a computer program that will arrange their school assignments for the coming year; In just a couple of hours, all the sorting for the Class of 2019 will be finished. The New York Times  

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same rights and protections granted to students with disabilities in public school settings. The Huffington Post

Many experts say limited resources may be better spent on mental health services and training for teachers and students on what to do if their peers talk about bringing a gun to school. The New York Times

Educators across Mississippi say the already-lagging state will “move backwards” if Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves throw out the Common Core State Standards and create new ones. The Hechinger Report

Arlington County in Virginia will have 1,300 more middle school students by 2019 than it has today and — if nothing is done — not enough classrooms to put them in, according to county school officials. The Washington Post

Jefferson High, Jeffco Public Schools’ lowest performing high according to Colorado state tests, will announce next week that the school, which serves mostly Latino and poor students, has climbed a rank in the state’s annual evaluation, ending the possibility of state sanctions. Chalkbeat CO

Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia told an audience of school board members and administrators Friday that they should double down on the state’s slate of education reforms.

After a round of buyouts this summer and no school closures starting this year, the number of excessed teachers who remained on the New York City payroll was smaller than it had been in five years, according to figures released on Friday. Chalkbeat NY

High school students in New York City Public Schools will begin learning data literacy this month through the new City Digits project, which aims to promote civic engagement among youth while teaching data collection and analysis skills. The Journal

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