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November 14, 2014 11:30 am


President Obama will host school superintendents from across the nation next week, seeking to follow through on a pledge to have nearly all of the nation’s students connected to high-speed Internet in four years. Some 125 superintendents attending Wednesday’s summit will take their own pledge to have their districts connected, and to help others achieve the goal as well, administration officials said. USA Today

States can continue to apply for federal waivers to avoid compliance with a tough Bush-era law on student achievement, the U.S. Education Department said on Thursday. The waivers allow states to avoid the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that requires all students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014, or schools face heavy sanctions, such as paying for students to transfer to better schools. The Wall Street Journal

In the federal Bureau of Indian Education system, about 185 congressionally funded schools in 23 states is in the midst of a broad overhaul, but decades of neglect have left reservations with schools where students struggle to meet academic standards, turnover among educators is high and the buildings are often in decay. The New York Times

Instead of taking the state’s science and social studies tests, seniors at Fairview High School here braved below-zero temperatures to rally against a testing system they believe is burdensome and unnecessary. Chalkbeat CO

Since Hurricane Katrina, a major source of information about New Orleans’s schools has been the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, a research group connected with Tulane University. The institute has been widely cited by political leaders and in the news media, but a recent botched study raises many questions surrounding education in the city.

On a brighter note, New Orleans public school enrollment appears to have increased once again, to 45,608 students, an administrator said Thursday. That’s about 1,000 more than in 2013 and is at the high end of the projected total for 2016. The Times Picayune

In Alaska, roughly three out of four teachers are from out of state, and more likely to stay for a shorter period of time than those who were born and raised there. Now, educators are trying to encourage local and Alaska Native students to consider teaching in communities where they are desperately needed.

Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education, on Nov. 13 announced the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the internet. eSchoolNews

The California State Board of Education, as expected, voted Thursday to move ahead in the spring with the new Smarter Balanced tests on the Common Core State Standards while leaving open, for now, the decision on what to do with the test results. EdSource

Citing the pressures of the job, Kevin Huffman, who since 2011 has led the Tennessee Department of Education through the tumultuous rollout of a slate of drastic changes, will leave at the end of this year. Chalkbeat TN

Finding substitute teachers for Seattle area schools has been getting harder over the past few years, she said, but this year, a last-minute sub request will likely not be answered and even those posted long in advance sometimes go unfilled. The Seattle Times

Every set of academic standards has a soul. To find the soul, follow the words that turn up again and again in the winding backwaters and byways of the standards themselves. A search of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards turns up one remarkable word 105 times. NPR

Montgomery County, MD  must redouble its efforts to close the achievement gap between students of different racial and socioeconomic groups, while preparing all students for success in a 21st century world, the school system’s leader said this week in his yearly “State of the Schools” address.

Ilwaco Middle School in the small coastal town of Ilwaco, WA implemented a 1-to-1 program this fall as part of a larger campaign to create a sense of community on the campus and reinvigorate the students’ interest in learning. The Journal


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