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 LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes internal emails KPCC: Three days after KPCC published internal emails showing top L.A. Unified officials and executives from Pearson and Apple met and discussed bringing tablet-driven education software to the classroom, the school district announced Monday it will cancel the contract with Apple and Pearson and open its one-to-one technology project to new bids.

Rick Scott Unveils New Education Initiatives To Calm Common Core Critics Reuters: Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, unveiled two new education initiatives on Monday aimed at calming critics of "common core" national curriculum standards and countering his main Democratic rival's attacks on his record.

D.C. Extends Day At 25 Schools, Hoping That More Time Means Better Scores WAMU: Students at 25 D.C. public schools will stay in school longer every day, a move that city officials hope will help struggling students catch up with their peers.

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos AP: Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges NYT: A series of federal surveys of selective colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off — less than 15 percent by some measures — even though there was a huge increase over that time in the number of such students going to college.

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software NPR: One company and its algorithms are changing the way America's schools handle classroom ethics.

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? NPR: Classroom enables a teacher to create a "class" at the touch of a button. She or he can upload syllabus materials, whether text, audio, or video, and send out assignments on the class news feed.

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A Tale Of Two Dueling Childhood Education Initiatives Seattle Public Radio: This fall, Seattle voters will choose between two early childhood education ballot initiatives. If you want to weigh in on the issue, you'll have to pick a favorite – even if you want neither to pass. KUOW Education Reporter Ann Dornfeld gives us the latest on the two competing ballot initiatives .

Michigan Unions Brace For Teacher Opt-out Decision AP: Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year. Other major unions, covered by multi-year contracts, won't reach the opt-out point until 2015 or later.

New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school Washington Post: Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time. And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

Trial scheduled for former school board member charged with fraud Baltimore Sun: A former city school board member and city government worker who is accused of lying about his resume will be tried in court on fraud charges this fall.

Some school bus routes go unmanned in Boston AP: School officials in Boston say they can't guarantee transportation for all students a day after school buses didn't complete more than a dozen routes for morning pick-up....

College ratings and Medicare Vox: The Medicare rating system is the most direct parallel to what the Education Department is trying to do with colleges: a federal quality assurance program that's meant to ensure, eventually, that tax dollars are being well-spent. The NYT's findings have some troubling implications

Op-Ed Contributor: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services NYT: Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.

Is Waiverless Washington State Still Out in the Cold on Teacher Evaluations? PK12: Washington was the only state with a waiver that did not have a law in the books specifically requiring student scores on state tests be used in teacher evaluations. Its law allows school districts to use either state or local tests. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and Randy Dorn, the elected, nonpartisan state chief, tried but ultimately failed to convince lawmakers to pass legislation requiring state test scores to be integrated into teacher evaluations.

Support staff growth modest here, while nationally it explodes Seattle Times: While public school enrollment in Washington has surged by more than 23 percent since 1990, the state still employs roughly the same number of school support staff as it did a generation ago, making us either admirably lean or in dire need of more classroom aides – depending on your perspective.


State schools emerge as backers of Obama's college ratings
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The Education Department is preparing to release a draft ratings plan this year and a final version next year that could bolster better-performing public colleges that charge less than their private counterparts. 


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