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October 17, 2014 11:30 am

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The Los Angeles Unified school board on Thursday officially accepted the resignation of Supt. John Deasy and voted to appoint his predecessor, Ramon Cortines, to fill the post on an interim basis. After three-and-a-half years, much of it mired in controversy over technology missteps like the rollout of a $1.3 billion iPad program and a court case that struck down teacher tenure laws in California, the schools chief and the board have agreed to part ways. But what’s truly at the heart of Deasy’s departure?

More than 100 educators in the District met for a day-long training Thursday on implementing the new Common Core academic standards.  The “Ahead of the Curve” conference offered an unusual opportunity for teachers and school leaders from charter and traditional schools to work together. The Washington Post

Charter schools in DC spent $18,150 per student during the 2011-2012 school year, while Prince George’s County Public Schools spent $10,408 on each child it served, a significant difference between the highest and lowest spenders in the Washington region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The Washington Post

Findings from a new long-term study of small high schools in New York City show that smaller schools may not only boost a student’s chances of enrolling in college, but it may also cost less per graduate. NPR

Can the simple technique of finding common characteristics between a teacher and a student help generate better outcomes for the learner? In some cases, according to a new study by Harvard University and Panorama Education, that’s exactly what happens. The Journal

Students are more engaged and excited when learning is project-based, advocates say, which gives students more “ownership” over their education, and asks for their ideas about ways to learn the concepts. eSchoolNews

More than 20 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools students are Hispanic. Yet the district has no Hispanic principals. Challengers for IPS school board, and three incumbents who hope to keep their seats after the Nov. 4 election, said in radio interviews this week that they’d like to reduce that discrepancy. Chalkbeat IN

Valyncia O. Hawkins knew she needed extra time with students who arrived in her classroom behind grade level, but slowing down the whole class risked boring the more advanced students. Convinced there had to be a better way, this DC Public Schools Teacher developed a new teaching method and reinvented her classroom using technology. The Hechinger Report

It’s 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are? An Afterschool Alliance survey sought to find out the answer to this question across the country, and the results led the organization to call for more funding for quality activities for school-age children after the last bell of the day rings. The Washington Post

A Texas school district is expanding use of a digital book service that helps schools address literacy in all of its elementary and middle schools, 27 in total. The Journal

Computer science is moving from an elective to a core course in many schools. In San Francisco, one course is putting the city at the forefront of a national trend to incorporate computer science into public schools. eSchoolNews

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