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Morning Announcements: FLOTUS Calls Education The ‘Most Important Civil Rights Issue’

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February 23, 2015 11:45 am


First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday called education the “single most important” civil rights issue facing the country and pleaded with young people to make going to school a priority, even if all they have is a “bad school.” The Associated Press

A new report from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA  examines the discipline gap in public schools, highlighting the individual states and districts with the most egregious discipline records, and estimates 18 million days of lost instruction in just one year.

Many Americans are confused about the Common Core, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions what curriculum the standards actually cover in public schools. The Washington Post

Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Friday that the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal of his predecessor’s ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators. The LA Times

Were you ever the teacher’s pet? Or did you just sit behind the teacher’s pet and roll your eyes from time to time? A newly published paper suggests that personality similarity affects teachers’ estimation of student achievement. NPR

Lawmakers in Washington State don’t expect two bills recently introduced seeking the repeal of the Common Core to hold up due to very little opposition of the standards in the state. The Seattle Times

A bill requiring Tennessee’s State Board of Education to drop Common Core education standards and develop new requirements has a math problem: It’s projected to cost $4.14 million over a three-year period. Times Free Press

Tennessee’s unique Achievement School District (ASD), which seeks to turn around the state’s bottom 5 percent of public schools, would be impacted more directly than locally operated school districts if the state again changes its academic standards and assessments, according to a new report. Chalkbeat TN

New York City charter schools suspended students at almost three times the rate of traditional public schools during the 2011-12 school year, according to a Chalkbeat analysis. Chalkbeat NY

About a third of California’s foster youth don’t receive state-funded tutoring and counseling services because they are living with relatives. Proposed legislation would change that. EdSource

As Montgomery County, Maryland searches for a new schools chief, Larry A. Bowers, the district’s longtime chief operating officer, stepped into the school system’s top job last week, becoming interim superintendent. The Washington Post



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