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December 03, 2014 11:45 am


D.C. public middle schools gained additional teachers this year, and dozens of schools got new computers and technology coaches. The new staffing, updated technology and longer school day are thanks to an infusion of funds that D.C. schools received this year for the city’s most at-risk students. The Washington Post

FBI agents have seized 20 boxes of documents related to Los Angeles Unified School District’s beleaguered $1 billion iPad project. The Los Angeles Times reported the FBI visit on Tuesday. An LAUSD spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press the FBI had seized district documents Monday afternoon. Associated Press

Almost a decade before the invention of the personal computer, Patrick Suppes, a Stanford philosopher, sketched a vision of the democratic future of computerized education.  Dr. Suppes, who died on Nov. 17 at 92, was also instrumental in bringing about a future in which students would have instant access to vast stores of knowledge through their computerized “tutors.” The New York Times

Over the course of their careers, teachers in certain cities earn far less than those in others and reach the top of the pay scale far later, making it hard for them to live a basic middle-class life, according to a new report being released Wednesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The New York Times

The Obama administration last week announced draft regulations to evaluate the effectiveness of more than 2,000 teacher preparation programs nationwide, but how exactly they would apply to California is unclear. EdSource

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) officials plan to scrap state’s revamped assessment of teaching practice when another, more comprehensive assessment comes fully online next September. Catalyst Chicago

The Greenbelt City Council has joined a growing coalition that opposes cellphone towers being placed on school properties in Prince George’s County, MD. The council voted last week to send a letter to officials expressing their objection to the school system’s proposal to possibly construct cell towers at two county schools. The Washington Post

Teachers throughout Idaho are trying out the blended learning model and discovering just how the interactive approach can benefit the classroom. eSchoolNews


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