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LAUSD looking to delay iPad distribution LA Daily News: Facing questions about security and other issues, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has proposed a one-year extension in equipping all 600,000 of the district's students with iPads, pushing completion of the program to December 2015.

Common Core Standards Shake Up Publishing Biz WNYC: New York State has become the epicenter of a major transformation in the $7 billion textbook industry that threatens the preeminence of publishing behemoths like Pearson.

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami NPR: Pitbull is just one of a growing number of celebrities who've lent their names and opened their wallets to the charter school movement. His Sports Leadership And Management Academy opened in Miami this fall.

In Controversy and Success, Tutoring Company Dominates Texas Tribune: Among the companies that began operating in the state after the program launched, few offer a better window into the obstacles to the federal program’s success than the company that served Sifuentes’ children, Austin-based Tutors with Computers.

Former Star reporter to head new education website IBJ: Education News Network is raising funds for Chalkbeat Indiana, and already has lassoed a two-year grant totaling $115,000 from the Indianapolis-based higher education advocacy group Lumina Foundation.  Lumina said ENN also is looking at establishing other education sites for Boston; Memphis, Tenn.; and Austin, Texas.

Heavy Hitters Debate School Achievement Gap WNYC: Five education professors and practitioners -- Michael Casserly, Pedro Noguera, Charles Payne, Michael Petrilli and David Tipson -- jumped into the fray on these two questions in an online forum sponsored by the Education Funders Research Initiative at Philanthropy New York. 

Education Department's Post-Government-Shutdown To-Do List EdWeek: When federal Education Department employees return to work, their lengthy to-do list will include monitoring waivers, judging Race to the Top applications, and pursuing financial sanctions against Georgia. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email [email protected]

Woman sentenced to 8 months in Newtown fraud case AP: A New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a boy killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting massacre has been sentenced to eight months in prison....

Two girls charged after bullied 12-year-old's suicide Lansing State Journal: ... two years before hanging himself in his closet at age15. Amended July 1 to cover cyberbullying, the law leaves punishment to schools, but law enforcement also can seek more traditional charges.

Felony Counts for 2 in Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old NYT: A Central Florida sheriff said two girls, 12 and 14, were arrested after the older one posted an offensive online comment Saturday in connection with the case.

Free meals to students will be served even if agreement on shutdown isn’t reached soon Washington Post: The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified states on Friday that the free and reduced meals served to students will continue to be served “for several months,” even if Congress fails to reach an agreement on the government shutdown.

 

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Those who have been investing in computers as the answer to our educational problems have considerable evidence working against their theory. Analysis of the most recent PISA data has shown that the presence of computers in students' schools had no impact on student learning, while the presence of computers in students' homes had a strongly NEGATIVE correlation with student achievement. So while we are drawing down depleted education budgets to give away toys to families like the Sifuenteses in the Texas Tribune article, Amanda Ripley's new book and the OECD's recent, crucial PIAAC data show that those countries whose young people are most competent in using technology to solve problems are those whose students, while having computer technology that they purchased themselves available at home, do not rely upon such technology as a substitute for teachers, but instead depend upon professional teachers to ensure that the next generation is competent to enter adulthood.

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