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Published by: District Administration 9/18/2013
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The New York Times

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; the schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott; and senior education officials took a victory lap of sorts on Monday, visiting 22 New York City public schools that ranked among the state’s top 25 in reading and math exams given last spring. Read more>>

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Chicago Tribune

With thousands more students flunking achievement exams, the state has quietly changed how schools are judged based on test scores, a move that helped some schools pass muster despite dismal or lackluster student performance. Read more>>

USA Today

A growing number of states and school districts are increasing their focus on students who are "chronically absent" from school—whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Read more>>

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From DA Magazine

Lessons learned from post-Katrina education reform

Tim Goral

Even before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city and the state had been the focus of school reform. Read more>>

PilotOnline.com

Schools across the state are still struggling to meet federal accountability targets on standardized tests, according to information released today by the Virginia Department of Education. Read more>>

JSOnline.com

Milwaukee Public Schools joins a growing number of districts that are eliminating traditional letter grades or untethering student behaviors from academic marks. Read more>>

The Sacramento Bee

Health experts say the Sacramento region’s large immigrant population is one factor in the growing number of parents declining to get shots for their children. Read more>>

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Oregon Live

Portland Public Schools could see new dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Spanish in the fall of 2014, according to the latest update from the district's language immersion officials. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis
Orange County Register

Kids across America have just headed back to school. Unfortunately, many of them may be greeted by worn-out desks and broken chairs. More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs. Read more>>

Los Angeles Times

When it comes to education policy, California and the Obama administration have gotten along about as well as the Clantons and the Earp brothers. They've clashed over teacher evaluations, Race to the Top grants, you name it. Now, the switch to the new Common Core curriculum could prove to be their O.K. Corral. Read more>>

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The Atlantic

Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement. Read more>>

Association News & Events

Race to the Top has done little to help most states close achievement gaps, and may have exacerbated them, according to a new report by Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education. Read more>>

The conference will showcase ideas and best-practice strategies that are driving student achievement and will unlock ways to boost teacher and leadership effectiveness. Read more>>

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C. Read more>>



Industry News
CDW

While security around mobile devices is a constant issue, CDW’s survey found that managing mobility in the workplace presents a much broader set of challenges. Read more>>

Edmentum Inc.

Eight CTE courses are available now for Edmentum’s standards-based Plato Courseware online curriculum, with an additional 24 courses scheduled for release in 2014. Read more>>

Medeco

The M100 provides an easy and cost effective method for providing access control to applications where audit trail and monitoring are critical. Read more>>

The Social Express

Incorporating cognitive behavioral research and evidence-based social learning practices, the lessons in The Social Express use “Hollywood quality” animation to model the social skills integral to relationship building as well as career and life success. Read more>>

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