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March 04, 2015 11:25 am

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Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It’s down sharply in New York and Texas as well. Why have the numbers fallen? NPR

The Common Core Empire is striking back. In an effort to counter a backlash against the standards, a pro-Common Core nonprofit group is running the first ads supporting the standards in Iowa, which hosts the lead-off presidential nominating contest. The Wall Street Journal

Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida’s largest public school districts after students across the state struggled with faulty software. Reuters

In the 2014-2015 school year, nearly 12 million K-12 students in public districts will take college readiness assessments online for the first time. In order for them to perform successfully, it is vital that both students and teachers have the technology skills that the new tests require. THE Journal

With computer mouse in hand, hundreds of thousands of Colorado students will click through new online language arts and math tests this month. Just the prospect of the new exams has fueled unprecedented levels of anxiety and controversy for more than a year, but now it’s game time. Chalkbeat CO

Active learning produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University. THE Journal

A 29-page interim report from the Government Accountability Office released last week highlights some of the poor structural conditions facing Bureau of Indian Education schools. The Huffington Post

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has launched a new initiative to support school administrators as they work to strengthen teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. eSchoolNews

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went on a publicity blitz when he vowed to fix this city’s struggling schools with the most expansive re-engineering of urban education anywhere in the country. The Washington Post

Forty-four percent of New York City’s school buildings are overcrowded, a Department of Education official told the City Council education committee Tuesday, a figure up from 36 percent in the 2011-12 school year. Chalkbeat NY

Minnesota faces a growing shortage of teachers in key specialties, and educators and policymakers are divided over how to attract and retain qualified teachers. Administrators argue that Minnesota’s strict licensing requirements and union rules make it difficult to attract and retain highly effective and diverse teachers. eSchoolNews

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