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Morning Announcements: House Fails to Vote on NCLB Rewrite

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March 02, 2015 11:45 am

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House Republicans decided not to vote Friday on their proposed rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, the Student Success Act, after House leadership struggled to lock down support for the what is considered a very conservative bill. It’s possible the setback might hinder congress from reauthorizing the education law  at all this session.

Through the Manhood Development Program, small cohorts of African-American boys with a variety of academic-success levels meet with 18 certified black male instructors recruited from various segments of the community to discuss character development, history, and other topics in regular, credit-bearing classes. Education Week

A new wave of standardized exams, designed to assess whether students are learning in step with the Common Core, is sweeping the country, arriving this week in classrooms in several states. Despite some opposition, many parents who are skeptical of the tests are likely to have their children go ahead and take them. The New York Times

While some might consider upcoming tests for their students to be a high pressure situation, others are using tutoring centers to get ready for exams and what they feel is an opportunity for a better future for students. The Wall Street Journal

High school dropout rates in Colorado have been falling over the past eight years. According to the most recent dropout statistics released in January by the state Department of Education, the current statewide rate is 2.4 percent. That’s tied with a previous low in 2002. KUNC

The California State Board of Education is seizing the chance to redefine student achievement and reframe how schools are held accountable for performance. It is in the throes of replacing the Academic Performance Index, the three-digit number that has been California’s narrow gauge of school progress for a decade and a half. EdSource

D.C. and dozens of other city centers across the country are becoming younger, more affluent and better educated while poverty rates in inner suburbs are rising, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The Washington Post

The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, along with the Alliance for Excellent Education, are offering a free “MOOC-Ed” course designed to help superintendents, instructional technology officers and other district leaders develop goals and actionable plans for digital learning initiatives. edSurge

In 2013, uncertainty around whether Philadelphia’s public school district would have enough money to open on time spurred changes to process of selling former school buildings. Since then, the district has sold 12 former schools with sales pending for another 14 properties. Newsworks

The Iowa City Community School District in Iowa City, Iowa recently launched a new school locator technology as part of the district’s comprehensive plan to better inform families about boundary changes for the 2015-2016 elementary school year. eSchoolNews

 

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