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Morning Announcements: New York City Council slated to examine student diversity in the city’s public schools

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October 22, 2014 11:45 am

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools. Duncan’s visit coincided with the second day on the job for Cortines and with the school board’s formal approval of his contract. The LA Times

Members of the New York City Council will introduce a package of legislation on Wednesday to draw attention to what they described as a lack of racial and socioeconomic diversity in the city’s public schools, which by some measures are among the most segregated school districts in the country. The New York Times  

A new report by Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky suggests overhauling how school and student success is measured in the United States, recommending alternatives to annual standardized tests. It says there should be far more emphasis on ongoing assessments of students as part of regular classroom instruction. EdSource

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s archived webinar, “Rethinking Accountability to Support College and Career Readiness,” featuring the report’s co-authors Gene Wilhoit and Linda Darling-Hammond.

From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money. The New York Times

Carmen Fariña, the New York schools chancellor, announced on Tuesday that she was replacing eight of the city’s 32 district superintendents, her first major personnel reshuffling since taking office in January and the first step in what may ultimately be a large-scale reorganization of the school hierarchy. The New York Times

Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s announcement of new district superintendents on Tuesday achieved of one of her big priorities: to return more influence and accountability to those leaders charged with overseeing groups of principals and schools. What she didn’t reveal was a plan for overhauling the city’s broader, complicated system of school support, which includes superintendents and school-support networks. Chalkbeat NY

Michael Wiltshire is the veteran principal tapped to rescue Brooklyn’s troubled Boys and Girls High School. Wiltshire will receive a $25,000 bonus for taking on the tough assignment, but in an unusual arrangement, he will still play an important role at the successful school he led for over a decade — and where he has the option of returning next year. Chalkbeat NY

An analysis of state records reveals that although Denver, Colorado’s overall principal turnover rate has fallen by almost half, turnover has not slowed at nearly a quarter of Denver schools, where three or more principals have come and gone since 2008. Chalkbeat CO

It’s time to give up the notion that “digital natives” are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use and makes the conclusion that today’s school-age learners are no more technology savvy than their teachers. The Journal

A Washington Post analysis of the incoming class of students at D.C. universities gives insight to the profile of a freshman both nationally and internationally. For example, preliminary counts show 113 of George Washington University’s (GWU) freshmen this year are from China, while domestically, GWU draws heavily from the Mid-Atlantic. The Washington Post

 

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