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Morning Announcements: May 28, 2014

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May 28, 2014 11:00 am

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Who else is excited about the National Spelling Bee, besides me?

5 Things to Know About the National Spelling Bee abcNews
Here are five things to know about the 87th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which began Tuesday and concludes Thursday with the finals broadcast in prime time.

States Intervene When School Districts Hit Financial Trouble Stateline
Pushed to the brink of financial ruin, the Normandy School District in Missouri will officially breathe its last breath on June 30.

E-Rate Is Billions Short on Meeting Schools’ Wireless-Network Needs, Analysis Finds Education Week
An estimated $3.2 billion in new funds are needed to realize President Barack Obama’s goal of providing all students with high-speed wireless Internet connections inside their schools and libraries by 2018, concludes a new analysis by two prominent education-technology organizations.

Meadow Homes 4th Graders Embrace Common Core Standards NPR Youth Radio
The Common Core State Standards have roiled state legislatures across the country and frustrated some parents. But what do kids think of them? We visit a school in California’s Bay Area to find out.

Is Common Core Failure President Obama’s Fault? Huffington Post‘s The Blog
It’s Obama’s fault. The state-led initiative was chugging right along, moving forward without any interference from the feds, when somehow, they decided to leap in. Or as Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday recently put it, things were fine “until the President and secretary of education took credit for the Common Core.” This is part of the current conservative CCSS support narrative (you can find put forth by, among others, the boys over at the Fordham). The story goes something like this: …

The Common Core FAQ nprED
The Common Core State Standards have vaulted into the national consciousness lately thanks to some high-profile dissenters, like (“Kids teachers parents are vocally suffering.”) and (“Common Core testing is preparing students for what they’ll face as adults—pointless stress and confusion.”) The nprED team is here to help by answering 25 questions (and counting) about the standards.

Obama Meets Scientists, One Age 6 New York Times
A teenage girl was inspired after dropping her cellphone to create concussion-reducing cushions for football helmets. A team of Girl Scout Brownies designed a bridge that could withstand flooding. And an adolescent boy in a suit and tie told President Obama about his pending patents.

A New Model of School Reform Huffington Post‘s The Blog
Last week, the New Yorker reported that Mark Zuckerberg’s 2010 gift of $100 million to the Newark School District hadn’t really improved the schools—with most of the money having been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees. Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark’s, has taken a very different tack to school reform—and it’s not costing $100 million: The district is transforming itself from the inside out, through social-emotional learning (SEL) one adult at a time.

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