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February 25, 2015 12:30 pm

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A team made up of participants from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the University of California in San Diego and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid, Spain have developed an interactive Web site that tells the story of the Common Core debate as it plays out over Twitter. THE Journal

The Maine Department of Education will suspend the A-F school grading system this year because students are taking a new assessment test and the state will not have enough data to measure their progress, education officials said Monday. Portland Press Herald

In a few short years, technology has become a major component of K-12 education. Some are asking whether we should be rethinking not just how kids learn, but what they learn, and what skills will be needed in a rapidly changing world. Terri Schwartzbeck, senior digital outreach associate at the Alliance and others discuss exploring the promise and peril of technology and education. The Kojo Nnamdi Show

D.C. Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson is calling for an overhaul of the process for mapping out school modernizations in the coming years, saying that the renovations have become overly political and prohibitively expensive. The Washington Post

As D.C. lawmakers look to boost the academic prospects of black and Latino boys, some are questioning why minority female students don’t receive the same treatment. WAMU 

A bill  from Tennessee  Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration that temporarily would alter the weight of student test scores in Tennessee’s teacher evaluation process passed with no opposition Tuesday. Chalkbeat TN

A leading researcher and thinker on international education drew tense exchanges with Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday during a presentation critical of many aspects of the U.S. education reform movement. Chalkbeat TN

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Tuesday that she plans to begin offering principals multi-year contracts, perhaps as soon as next school year, in response to repeated calls from school leaders and community members for more stability at the top of their schools. The Washington Post

A controversial contract to expand Internet access in New York City schools is stirring up a larger debate. Chalkbeat NY

Piedmont City School District in Alabama has implemented a blended learning program at its middle school in an effort to provide students with mastery-based personalized learning. THE Journal

Indiana saw another year of steep growth in its private school voucher program, with more than 29,000 students using the program to attend private school now estimated to be costing taxpayers more than $116 million. Chalkbeat IN

 

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