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Morning Announcements: New Analysis finds six key reasons the Common Core promotes greater student learning

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September 29, 2014 11:35 am


A new analysis from the Center for American Progress argues public pushback to Common Core has been influenced by politics, leaving many in the public confused about what the Common Core actually is because of misinformation.  Read the Center’s findings, including key reasons the Common Core promotes greater student learning. Center for American Progress

U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status. The Associated Press

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, after a controversial crackdown on unruly institutions by his predecessor, will try to strike a balance between safety and fairness by revising the code for discipline in city schools. The New York Times

In California, Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on a bill that limits the use of “willful defiance” as a reason to expel or suspend students signifies a growing commitment on the part of the state to find more positive approaches to disciplining students. EdSource

Despite signs of a national economic recovery, homelessness in U.S. public schools steadily increased 8 percent, to 1.26 million students, in the 2012-13 school year from the previous year, part of a 58 percent jump in the number of homeless students in the six years since the start of the economic recession of 2007-08. Education by the Numbers – The Hechinger Report

On Monday, opening statements begin in the trial of 12 educators charged in an alleged cheating conspiracy in Atlanta Public Schools. Originally, 35 were indicted but more than half took plea deals. NPR

With enrollment dropping and fewer than half of its students graduating on time, Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn reflects a tough question confronting the city’s education officials: What to do about persistently failing schools. The Wall Street Journal

The state of Florida recently mandated the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools add an extra hour of reading instruction each day, the first in the country to do so. PBS NewsHour

Chicago Public Schools is making a surprising announcement that could cost the district millions of dollars. In a letter being sent to principals today, Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told schools they would again be held harmless for students who didn’t show up this year. WBEZ


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