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December 13, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • Fla. education board selects Bennett as new commissioner
    The Florida State Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to select former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett as the state's new education commissioner. Board members commented on the similarity of reforms Bennett worked on in Indiana to those under way in Florida, from the adoption of Common Core State Standards to new assessments. "I think his ability to be up to speed quickly will be very important for the state of Florida," board member John Padget said. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. board of education to set standards for handwriting
    The Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to adopt curriculum standards to help guide educators in teaching cursive writing but said proficiency in cursive will not be evaluated through standardized testing. The board also adopted a policy statement in which they encourage schools to teach cursive writing and include cursive instruction across the curriculum. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Guidelines are released for school computers under common core
    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released guidelines for school computers, tablets and other devices that will be used for online testing under the Common Core State Standards. Under the guidelines, devices must have 10-inch screens, a keyboard, Internet access and the ability to disable certain functions that could be used for cheating during assessments. As schools and districts work to implement the common core, some have questioned whether school computers and technology will be able to meet expectations. The Hechinger Report/Digital blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • 16 earn grants in latest round of Race to the Top
    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday the 16 winners of the most recent round of Race to the Top grants -- selected among a pool of 372 applicants. Among the winners, who will share $400 million in education funding, are Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Carson City, Nev.; Guilford County, N.C.; and New Haven Unified, Calif. This round was open to school districts, and the winners also included three charter-school organizations, including KIPP in Washington, D.C. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. right to work law ends "agency fees" for union nonmembers
    Michigan follows other Midwestern states in this week's passing of a so-called "right to work" law, ending a requirement for union nonmembers to pay "agency fees," education reporter Stephen Sawchuk writes in this blog post. Similar to Florida, unions, such as the Michigan Education Association, can continue to negotiate contracts on behalf of teachers and other represented employees, but they can no longer collect revenue from nonmembers who benefit from union actions. Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • What do you think is the biggest education issue going into 2013?
ESEA reauthorization/waivers
Common Core implementation
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Educator preparation

  • NASBE launches epinephrine policy initiative
    With the rise in reported food allergies among students in the last 15 years, it is crucial that policymakers understand how to best prepare school personnel to deal with related health emergencies. To help with those efforts, NASBE is launching a new initiative, in collaboration with Mylan Specialty, to help state boards of education as they develop student health policies regarding anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto injector access and use. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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