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Morning Announcements: Obama Talks Improving Education and Access in State of the Union Address

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January 21, 2015 11:45 am


Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his intentions to retool education’s bookends by making community college free, expanding child care and increasing cybersecurity for students. Highlighting the need for high-speed broadband for everyone, Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.”

Senate education committee leader Sen. Lamar Alexander says he wants to work out a bipartisan deal this spring to rewrite the landmark education law No Child Left Behind. as he angles to revamp rules about how often students are tested, how much power the education secretary should have, and when to intervene in schools deemed failing and more. Politico

In districts that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, 95.7 percent of schools have already implemented the standards or are in the process of doing so, while the remaining 4.3 percent are still in the planning stage, according to a new survey of public school principals. The Journal

After hinting for months that he will pursue aggressive changes to state education policy this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released few details about his plans to address K-12 education issues in his State of the State address, which he will deliver Wednesday in Albany. Chalkbeat NY

U.S. student performance on international exams has fallen compared to other industrial nations in recent years, a fact policymakers and others often cite in arguing that U.S. public schools need rapid reform in order to maintain their global competitiveness. The Washington Post

While American students have high levels of educational achievement and decent test scores, they may also experience high levels of social stress and poverty, according to a new report from The Horace Mann League and the National Superintendents Roundtable.

With a set of new proposals for shifting school hours up for public comment, Montgomery County, MD is expecting dozens of people Thursday to testify at two hearings on how to remake school schedules — or whether to keep them as they are. The Washington Post

Calling the new state-mandated local accountability plans “a daunting undertaking,” California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office called on the Legislature to allow school districts to write more focused annual plans for achievement. EdSource

Expecting a bevy of education bills and responding to an intense interest in legislation that could affect Tennessee public schools, House Speaker Beth Harwell has almost doubled the number of state representatives who will consider education proposals that soon will begin to wind through the Tennessee General Assembly. Chalkbeat TN



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