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Morning Announcements: U.S. Department of Education issues guidance on racial disparity in schools

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October 02, 2014 11:15 am

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Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary and second in command at the U.S. Department of Education, will resign his government job by the end of the year, department officials said Wednesday. Shelton has held several posts at the department since joining the agency in 2009 and has had a significant influence over the agency’s policies. The Washington Post

The Obama administration issued a 37-page guidance reminder to states and school districts Wednesday, aimed at reducing inequities in educational opportunity between students of color and their white peers. The points to federal laws requiring strong teachers, facilities, rigorous coursework and extracurriculars for all students.  The Washington Post

Teachers from 17 states traveled to Boston over the summer for the Common Core Now Institute, a two-day conference held by Solution Tree, a for-profit company that specializes in training teachers. The institute is designed to get educators ready to teach the new and contentious Common Core State Standards. The Hechinger Report

The Los Angeles Board of Education has authorized its attorneys to discuss terms of a possible departure agreement with schools Supt. John Deasy. No decision was reached on whether an offer would include a buyout, according to several people close to the situation. The LA Times

The Kentucky Department of Education on Friday will unveil public schools’ high-stakes accountability testing results, showing how schools stack up on everything from reading and math proficiency to college readiness. This year, the third since Kentucky began testing on the tougher Common Core education standards, the still-evolving system of judging schools will include a new element that, unlike most others, isn’t based on standardized tests. The Courier Journal

The Common Core have become a hot-button issue in Wisconsin and around the country, but former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Howard Fuller says this is no time for Wisconsin to abandon the standards that could potentially play an important role in education reform. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

America’s classrooms are seeing a surge of kids from Central America who crossed into the U.S. illegally. Educating them is expensive, and one school in New Orleans is scrambling to cover the costs. NPR

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