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Morning Announcements: What the Congressional shift in leadership might mean for education funding

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November 13, 2014 11:45 am


When the 114th U.S. Congress gets underway this January, Republicans will hold majorities in both the House and the Senate for the first time since 2006. With the shift in leadership, Republicans will now decide which legislation is considered – including bills affecting student loans. Student Loan Ranger – U.S. News & World Report

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers. In the past, a lecture about boundary politics might have taken up the entire class period. But one goal of the Common Core is for students to spend more time reading and analyzing complex texts. NPR

Borrowing for U.S. colleges declined for the third year in a row as the federal government clamped down on for-profit schools and families became more cost-conscious.  Federal and private-loan lending totaled $106 billion for the 2013-14 academic year, down 8% from the prior year, according to a report to be released Thursday by the nonprofit College Board. The decline marks a significant reversal in borrowing, which peaked at $122.1 billion in 2010-11 after rising for years. The Wall Street Journal

While students and teachers settle into using the Common Core, a group of lawmakers is trying to build grassroots support for stripping the multi-state education standards from Louisiana’s public school classrooms. The Times Picayune

Small struggling schools that fail to improve may be merged with other schools, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday when discussing her new plan to rescue more than 90 of the city’s lowest-performing schools. Chalkbeat NY

The number of Colorado school districts on a state accountability watch list dropped this year, but nine school systems still face looming sanctions if they don’t improve soon. And the path for those districts off the watch list will get trickier this year due to a change in the testing system that produces most of the data the state uses to rate schools. Chalkbeat CO

The Ohio Board of Education is reviewing almost all of its standards to provide more “flexibility” to local school districts and a pending vote from the state’s top education leaders could have major ramifications on local schools around the state.  State Impact

As elementary and secondary students spend more time online, a new free program will roll out Tuesday aimed at giving children, teachers and families the tools to help young digital users safely navigate the Internet. “Think Before You Link”, is an online course for students from grades three through eight with a focus on cyber safety, online bullying and Internet ethics. The Washington Post

Children of teen mothers tend to have lower levels of academic achievement than their peers, according to a University of Michigan study in the current issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence. The data came from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, which followed over 14,000 U.S. students between 1998 and 2007.

A Denver trial court has rejected the state of Colorado’s request to dismiss a lawsuit that has major implications for how much money school districts get from the state.  Colorado Public Radio

New York City will receive a slice of $28 million in state aid over the next seven years to open a seventh P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology Early College High School, funding that will help start a new six-year high school that will offer training in construction management, civil engineering, and agriculture, officials said Wednesday. Chalkbeat NY

Teachscape has been selected by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as an approved provider of instructional services aligned to the district’s “REACH Framework for Teaching” to provide educators with robust online training and support around the framework, schools across the district can ensure the effective implementation the program. eSchoolNews

Mary Lord, vice president of the D.C. State Board of Education, will serve as president of the National Association of State Boards of Education for 2015. The Washington Post

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has launched Project ReimaginED, a social learning community that aims to redesign learning activities for alignment with the Common Core State Standards and the ISTE Standards for Students.


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