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F.C.C. Increases Money for E-Rate Program for Internet in Schools and Libraries NYT: The move will increase money for schools and libraries to connect to the Internet. See also KPCCEdSource TodayNYT

Student retention rates declining in U.S. EdSource Today: The often controversial practice of holding struggling students back a grade appears to be losing favor, according to a national study of retention rates released Thursday. Overall retention rates for grades 1 through 9 declined by almost half between 2004-05 and 2009-10.

Common Core repeal maneuver fails in Ohio House AP: State Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney in western Ohio, attempted during an Ohio House floor session on Wednesday to add the repeal language into legislation dealing with high school world history courses.

John King Jr., New York State’s Education Chief, to Leave Many Policy Wars Behind NYT: Whoever replaces Dr. King will have to juggle issues like the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation and training, and charter schools. See also ChalkbeatNY

New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Students and Teachers in Texas Texas Tribune: Three months into the school year, the transition has proved challenging. As parents and educators question whether the rigor of the new curriculum is developmentally appropriate, school officials are reporting that they lack the resources to help teachers learn the new material.

Mayoral candidate Garcia releases education plan WBEZ: Parts of the plan are strikingly similar to a policy paper put out by the Chicago Teachers Union two and a half years ago. So much so, that whole sentences in the summary are pulled word for word from that paper. But Garcia said he got input from several groups, not just the CTU.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tour charter school NOLA.com: Students at Arthur Ashe Charter School wait to great U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu before they tour the wchool at 1456 Gardena Drive in New Orleans Thursday, December 10, 2014.

Success Academy charter schools see 56% rise in applications NYDN: More than 6,000 families have already applied to Success Academy, which operates 32 city schools. The demand for a charter school reached an all-time high last year, with more than 16,400 families vying for fewer than 3,000 spots.

For U.S. Schoolgirls, Discipline Varies by Race WNYC: According to the Department of Education's Office For Civil Rights, black girls in public elementary and high schools are suspended at a rate of 12 percent. When comparing stats with their white counterparts, the suspension rate drops to 2 percent.

NYC Council Pushes For More Diversity at Top Schools WNYC: Meanwhile the federal Department of Education is still investigating a civil rights complaint that claims New York City discriminates against black and Latino students by using a multiple choice test as the sole criterion for the specialized high schools. See also ChalkbeatNY

As teacher diversity effort begins in Montgomery, recent data show little change Washington Post: Montgomery County announced a new teacher diversity initiative this week that officials hope will bring significant change to the workforce in years to come.Past efforts to spur diversity have not had great impact, as shown in the figures below, which school officials released Tuesday.


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