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Morning Announcements: May 23, 2014

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May 23, 2014 11:58 am

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Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

Lost in the Past New York Times Op-Ed by Timothy Egan
Ask a high school senior what the Great War was all about and you’re likely to get a shrug or a stab based on a recent episode of “Game of Thrones.” Hint: its 100th anniversary is this year. Hint: globe-straddling old empires collapsed and new horrors, from genocide to slaughter by poisonous gas, were ushered in.

City’s Low-Income Students Among Highest Achievers Baltimore Sun
New report finds eight ‘opportunity schools’ in Baltimore City. Some schools with some of the highest percentages of poor students in the city and state, have consistently outperformed their peers around Maryland.

Sweeping New Bill Seeks To Help Students With Disabilities, But It May Not Go Far Enough Huffington Post
The bipartisan overhaul of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act trumpeted in Washington, D.C. Wednesday includes provisions aimed to help students with disabilities find well-paying work, but some say the deal doesn’t go far enough.

States Forge Ahead on Principal Evaluation Education Week
The number of states that mandate principal evaluations has jumped in recent years, driven by rules tying federal education aid to such policies. But many are still grappling with the best ways to measure principal effectiveness and the extent to which student performance should be included in evaluating principals. Since 2010, at least 36 states have adopted laws requiring principals to undergo regular assessments and increasing the rigor of those reviews, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Libraries Issue E-Rate Letter Politico
More than 100 school districts and public libraries are asking the Federal Communications Commission to make three considerations in reforming a federal Internet subsidy for schools and libraries, called the E-Rate program. They want the FCC to ensure that the distribution of funding for libraries is parallel to the distribution of funding for school districts. Members are also asking for a formula that prioritizes funding based on the income of the library user groups and the number of daily library users. Lastly, they’re calling for E-Rate administrative provisions that provide libraries with access to more cost-effective contracts for technology and digital services, including “whole networks” to meet broadband needs. Check out the letter.

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