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House GOP pushes through curbs on No Child Left Behind
The Christian Science Monitor
Six years after Congress was supposed to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind education law, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill — with no Democratic support — that would roll back much of the law's accountability requirements and lock in lower levels of education funding. Supporters of HR 5, the Student Success Act, say it restores flexibility to local school districts, gives broader choice to parents, and encourages innovation by scaling back the federal footprint. Opponents say it would reverse longstanding efforts to improve education, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups of children.
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Meeting the challenges of military-connected children
U.S. Department of Education
On July 9, 2013, Secretary Arne Duncan addressed participants at the Military Child Education Coalition's 15th-Annual Training Seminar, "For the Sake of the Child," in National Harbor, Md. The Secretary expressed appreciation for our service members and their families and acknowledged the personal sacrifices made by military-connected children. Organizations like the MCEC are focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
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Financial literacy lessons get Common Core alignment
THE Journal
Educators preparing for Common Core State Standards will now have access to tools aligning financial literacy curriculum to the new standards, according to a release from the Council for Economic Education. CEE has aligned more than 400 K-12 economics and personal finance lessons to the new standards, according to the release, including lessons from the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum and the EconEdLink free online resource.
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4 reasons why the Common Core are losing popularity
eSchool News
In what could be compared to, well, many education reform initiatives over the years — educational technology included — a once-widely, and quickly, accepted initiative is dividing the education community; begging the question, "Are the Common Core State Standards just another flash in education's pan?" 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS in what was once lauded as a giant step in the right direction in trying to improve student achievement and college- and career-readiness.
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Research suggests positive impact of music education
U.S. Department of Education
Can studying music help students to achieve college- and career-ready goals? That was the case for Fatima Salcido, a student at Tulane University, and Christian Martinez, a high school junior who is earning college credits from Los Angeles City College. For both Fatima and Christian, the Harmony Project, a nonprofit instrumental music program in Los Angeles, provided them not only music instruction, but skills that helped them succeed in academic areas like reading.
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  • 8 principal leadership tips for the new year
    Connected Principals Blog
    Justin Tarte, a contributor for Connected Principals Blog, writes: "I recently had the opportunity to hear Andy Greene, Middle School Principal from New York, speak to us about collaboration and the PLC process. From as soon as I walked in the room, I knew Andy's session was going to be good. Here are some of the highlights that really had an impact on me."
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    Report: Most district tech leaders want 1:1 deployment or expansion
    THE Journal
    The vast majority, 84.3 percent, of district technology leaders have a "high level of interest" in implementing or expanding a one-to-one mobile program in their districts, though only 12.1 percent currently have one-to-one classrooms in their districts, according to the National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education. The largest barrier to adoption of mobile devices is financial, according to the report, which found that 77.5 percent of respondents representing low-level adopting and non-adopting districts citing cost as one of the biggest hurdles, and 50 percent identifying a lack of infrastructure for mobile technology support.
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    Old school or new school, keep parents involved
    Edutopia
    We all know how crucial it is that our parents are supportive and involved in their child's education. We understand how important it is that they are aware of what is taking place in your classroom. The more supportive and involved parents are in their child's education, the greater the odds that their child will be successful. For various reasons in this day and age, it is a difficult task making sure that our parents are involved. So here's the question: how do we keep them in the loop?
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    When it comes to distance learning, schools use what works
    EdTech Magazine
    Gail Wortmann of Iowa Learning Online has a practical approach to distance learning. Wortmann, who teaches anatomy and physiology courses to high school students statewide, says she uses the technology that best fits the situation. "I have the students check in with me about once a week via webcam, and I'll do some lectures via webcam," Wortmann says. "For assignments, I'll post the work on a wiki, and the students will communicate with one another via text." Wortmann says it makes more sense to lean on the technologies that students are comfortable using. While some of her students communicate via video chat, most still prefer texting.
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    Federal cuts force impact-aid districts to cut staff, close schools
    Education Week
    It's been almost five months since Congress slashed education spending through across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration," which were intended to force a still completely elusive, long-term bipartisan budget deficit-reduction deal. The school districts that became the poster children for these cuts? The ones that get money from the $1.2 billion Impact Aid program, which helps districts that have a big federal presence (such as a military base or an American Indian reservation nearby) make up for lost tax revenue. About 1,200 districts receive those funds, and a small handful rely on them heavily.
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    House NCLB rewrite contains adaptive-testing provision
    Education Week
    Among the provisions included in the newly passed, GOP-only House of Representatives reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is language that would allow states to fulfill federal testing requirements by using computer-based adaptive tests. Recently, Education Week highlighted the growing support for the tests, which adjust the difficulty of their questions based on whether the test-taker gets prior answers correct. Education Week also highlighted a lingering controversy over the nuance of how adaptive tests should be implemented — specifically, whether the exams should be allowed to ask questions above or below a student's grade level, an approach that some disability rights advocates and testing experts vehemently oppose.
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    FCC approves process to move forward on E-rate
    Education Week
    The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-0 to release a plan for overhauling the E-rate program for public review, an initial step in what many education advocates hope will produce sweeping upgrades to the technological speed and capabilities of the nation's schools.

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    Duncan to principals: Shouldn't have to sacrifice your lives for job
    Education Week
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday told hundreds of elementary and middle school principals who are gathered here for a conference that they shouldn't have to fear for their lives on the job.

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    Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both?
    THE Journal
    As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both.

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    Statement from US Secretary of Education Secretary Duncan on House ESEA Reauthorization Bill H.R. 5
    U.S. Department of Education
    U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, writes: "America's families, students and teachers deserve an education law that advances progress for all students — especially our most vulnerable children. The bill that the House passed today is not that law. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind, is 6 years overdue for Congressional reauthorization, and has changed from an instrument of reform to a barrier."
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    House passes GOP-backed revision of No Child Left Behind
    The Sacramento Bee
    The House of Representatives on Friday passed a Republican-backed revision of the No Child Left Behind Act that would greatly reduce federal oversight of public education and give states and school districts authority once again over how to measure student achievement and fix failing schools. The measure also would give local officials more control over how they use federal education dollars. The bill passed 221-207, with 12 Republicans and all Democrats opposed. It's a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that emphasizes equal access to education and provides federal funds to help disadvantaged students.
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    FCC approves process to move forward on E-rate
    Education Week
    The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-0 to release a plan for overhauling the E-rate program for public review, an initial step in what many education advocates hope will produce sweeping upgrades to the technological speed and capabilities of the nation's schools. The exact details of the plan were not immediately made available. But an outline released by the FCC said the changes would address three overriding goals: improving schools' broadband capabilities, promoting cost-effective purchasing and streamlining the process through which applications are reviewed.
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    CPS to lay off more than 2,100 employees, with 1,000 teachers getting pink-slipped
    The Huffington Post
    The Chicago Public School district is slashing more than 2,100 employees, nearly 1,000 of them teachers, in the largest layoff of district employees in recent years. The Chicago Teachers Union announced news of the layoff noting staff cuts include teachers, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals, janatorial and school support staff. Blaming a ballooning pension obligation that's stressing the already cash-strapped district, CPS confirmed it was laying off 2,113 employees, according to Sun-Times reports. With 1,036 teachers getting pink-slipped, the total accounts for roughly 4 percent of the district's entire teaching staff.
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    Freeman Hrabowski calls on principals to create a 'culture of support'
    NAESP
    At NAESP's 2013 conference, Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, shared an inspirational message on the transformative power of education. The first step to making students successful, he said, is to believe in them.
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    What's on your summer reading list? Try NAESP's picks for principals
    NAESP
    Strategize for the coming school year with the latest books from the National Principals Resource Center. Peruse the NPRC bookstore for guides on hot topics such as instructional leadership, professional development, and RTI. Plus, pick up titles from 2013 NAESP Annual Conference speakers Todd Whitaker, Eric Jensen, Adam Sáenz and more.
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