Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is leading a new digital education nonprofit called the Digital Learning Institute, which aims to expand technology use in the classroom and increase instructional opportunities for teachers. Perdue, who was a teacher before entering politics, received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
DELAYING COMMON CORE TESTING
New York State Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan released a joint statement with the Senate majority co-leaders in February calling for a delay in the use of Common Core tests for decisions about teacher, principal and student evaluations for at least two years. The New York Board of Regents then annouced a plan to do so Feb. 10.
Rep. George Miller of California, the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, announced in January that he will retire in the fall after 40 years in Congress and 15 years leading the Democrats on K12 issues. He helped write No Child Left Behind, and promoted charter schools and merit pay for teachers.
James Ongtengco, assistant principal in the Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120 in Illinois, received the Diversity Award for 2014 from the Mundelein Human Relations Commission, which represents a diverse area of suburban Chicago. He created workshops for Latino parents to discuss school and child-raising issues with school personnel.