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September 20, 2018
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Applications sought for ESSA assessment pilot
The US Department of Education will continue to accept applications for an assessment pilot under the Every Student Succeeds Act through Dec. 17. Two states and Puerto Rico expressed interest during the program's initial application period, with other states and territories required to inform the department by Oct. 17 of their intent to apply.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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How Old Are Successful Tech Entrepreneurs?
Is the tech industry really dominated by the young? Learn more from a definitive new study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University that puts the myth of the Silicon Valley wunderkind to the test.
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Policy & Legislation
US lawmakers boost education spending
US lawmakers boost education spending
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US lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed to increase federal education spending. The deal includes an additional $70 million for career and technical education, a small increase to the maximum Pell Grant amount and $40 million more for charter schools.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/16),  Politico (9/14) 
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DeVos: Make civics education a priority
DeVos: Make civics education a priority
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said civics education should be more of a priority in K-12 schools and colleges during a Constitution Day celebration Monday in Philadelphia. DeVos also called on colleges to avoid limiting speech on their campuses -- efforts she said sometimes target conservative voices.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/17),  The Associated Press (9/17),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
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State Board News
N.J. education board delays vote on PARCC
A vote to approve changes to New Jersey's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy, has been delayed by the state board of education as members seek more information. The changes, which could end exams in algebra, geometry and some language arts, will be up for another vote in October.
WKXW-FM (Trenton, N.J.)/New Jersey 101.5 FM (9/12) 
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Trends & Research
Study considers credit recovery, graduation
Study considers credit recovery, graduation
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High schools that depend the most on credit-recovery programs have large increases in graduation rates, even though many students still perform poorly on standardized tests, according to a recent study from conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. Researchers found that while only 1 in 13 students is served by such programs, they are concentrated in schools with more students who are minorities and from low-income families.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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Superintendents identify top K-12 challenges
Superintendents identify top K-12 challenges
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Seventy-four percent of superintendents say it will be a challenge to prepare students to be engaged citizens -- up from 50% in 2017 -- according to Gallup's 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents. The other challenges identified by superintendents in the survey include improving student achievement and retaining teachers.
eSchool News (9/17) 
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NASBE News
Deadlines approach for NASBE's Annual Conference!
In exactly one month, we will be in Denver for Annual Conference 2018! Have you registered yet? Have you reserved your hotel room? If not, the time to do so is now! Early-bird registration ends this Saturday, Sept. 22. On Monday, Sept. 24, NASBE's hotel block is lifted. After that time, higher rates will apply and rooms may not be available. Learn more and register (or reserve your room!) here.
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Getting to the Core of School Finance
The new issue of NASBE's journal, "The State Education Standard," focuses on a topic that occupies more space on state board of education agendas than any other: school finance. Most state boards do not directly make funding decisions in their states. But nonetheless, they review budget requests and appropriations and provide guidance to districts on how they report spending. As authors in the Standard point out, there are opportunities for state boards to exercise more leadership in ensuring that school spending is adequate to serve the needs of all students. Read the full issue here.
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