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AM News: Handicapping The 2015 Common Core Debate

Will Common Core Survive Past 2016? RealClear Education: While most of those efforts have failed, some states are making changes, and about half have renamed the standards – to reflect state independence and to appease political critics. 

White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools AP: The school districts encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Houston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are committing to offer the course in high school or middle school. While some large districts already have computer electives at limited campuses, all are now pledging to make computer science a standard offering district-wide.

Obama shout-out for Sherman Oaks students part of global event to help promote computer skills LA Times: Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified students participated Monday in a global event aimed at promoting computer skills, listening to speeches by industry leaders and receiving a video shout-out from President Barack Obama.

Louisiana Supreme Court will not rehear Katrina teachers' layoff case NOLA.com: About 7,500 New Orleans school employees who lost their jobs after Hurricane Katrina appear to have exhausted their options in Louisiana courts. The state Supreme Court decided Monday to reject the plaintiffs' request for a rehearing. 

At age 16, accomplished — and homeless Washington Post: Youth outreach coordinator for the gubernatorial run of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D). She is home-schooling her way through her junior year of high school and taking classes at the University of Maryland under a concurrent enrollment program for exceptional students.

Kate Visits NYC Kids; Prince William Joins Obama ABC News: Kate tours child development center with NYC's first lady as Prince William meets with Obama.

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Teacher training programs not keeping up with higher K-12 standards Washington Post: Most of the country’s teacher preparation programs are not ensuring that newly minted K-12 teachers can help students meet tougher reading and math standards that have been recently adopted by nearly every state, according to a new report released Wednesday from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

High turnover in school district leadership EdSource Today: While the leadership turmoil in the Los Angeles Unified School District has attracted widespread attention in recent months, short tenure is a prominent feature of California schools, especially in large urban districts.

Legal fight over teacher tenure continues ChalkbeatNY: In their motions, the unions claimed that the parent plaintiffs lacked standing to file the lawsuit. In the response filed late Friday, the plaintiffs, some of whom are being backed by the Partnership for Educational Justice, argued that all they need to establish is that their children were deprived of a “sound basic” education and that the state’s policies are to blame. 

Principals' Group Latest to Criticize 'Value Added' for Teacher Evaluations Teacher Beat: The National Association of Secondary School Principals says the estimates shouldn't factor into personnel decisions on teachers.

White House Issues Guidelines For Education Of Incarcerated Students With Disabilities HuffPost:In practice, this means prisons are responsible for providing things like speech therapy, hearing aids, tutoring and feeding tubes for students identified as needing them. And how prison wardens respond will have an outsize effect on the the nation's population of special-education students.

 Louisiana: Education Waiver Renewed NYT: Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law.Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success NPR: A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home NPR: A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

Why Do Brits Say 'Maths' and Americans Say 'Math?' Slate: In "The Imitation Game," characters take advanced maths classes that require them to scribble complicated maths in a notebook, and then they set their sights on the devilish maths of the Nazi Enigma machine. To American audiences, all those maths might seem doubly mysterious in their propensity to add and multiply. We Yanks prefer to pledge allegiance to the Math, indivisible, under God.


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