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Morning Announcements: June 4, 2014

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Lawmakers Pressure FCC Ahead of Changes to E-Rate Rules Education Week’s Politics K–12 blog
As schools begin to break for summer, lawmakers and lobbyists are turning up the heat on the Federal Communication Commission, which has promised to revamp its E-Rate system before the start of the next school year.

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall NPR: All Things Considered
This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.

New York City Teachers Vote for Raise and a Nine-Year Contract New York Times
New York City teachers have approved a nine-year labor contract, their union announced on Tuesday, a deal that raises pay by 18 percent but leaves questions about the future of their health benefits.

6 Reasons Mobile Learning Is Booming eSchool News
New statistics that mobile learning is more accepted and supported. Mobile technologies are increasingly gaining support among school administrators, who opt for one-to-one initiatives and BYOD programs to help deflect the costs of maintaining a mobile device initiative, and to let students use technologies they’re already using in their personal lives.

What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like? nprED
As we’re detailing this week, teachers and school leaders have a lot to do to adopt curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. In the Internet era, the best resources should be able to easily leap political boundaries and get into the hands of teachers across the country. But reading and digesting the standards and determining what lessons best fulfill them is a big, big job. And as a result, the media discussion of the Common Core — and thus its political chances — has been influenced by a few pieces of math homework that weren’t, frankly, particularly high quality, or necessarily well-aligned.

Industry Officials Weigh Strategies for Print-to-Digital Transition Education Week’s Marketplace K – 12 blog
For education publishers, the shift from print textbooks to digital materials isn’t as simple as just churning out a library of new online programs, e-books, apps, or other Web-based resources. If publishers are serious about getting new, digital products into schools, the process is likely to require them to take risks and make and potentially difficult changes to their sales strategies, personnel, and the overall way they look at the market.

Election Results Are In; Dueling Student Loan Hearings on the Hill Today Politico
ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN: California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson didn’t walk away with another term.
DUELING STUDENT LOAN HEARINGS: Two Senate committees have scheduled hearings on student loans for 10 a.m. this morning.

Dual Enrollment: A Strategy to Improve College-Going and College Completion Among Rural Students Education Commission of the States
Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment are more likely than their peers to finish high school, enter college and complete a degree. This means dual enrollment can greatly benefit students in rural areas, which report lower college-going and postsecondary attainment rates than other locales.

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