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January 3, 2013
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  State Board News 
  • Kan. education board expects busy agenda for 2013
    The Kansas State Board of Education is expected to address a number of much-debated issues in 2013, including the adoption of new state standards in science and history, and a new evaluation system for teachers and administrators. The board also will deal with the implementation of new reading and math standards under the common core as well as aspects of the state's waiver from certain requirements of No Child Left Behind. "This will be the biggest year I've seen on the board," board member Carolyn Campbell said. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Trends & Technology 
  • Do more schools need high-speed broadband services?
    Schools and cities nationwide are seeking to upgrade to ultrafast broadband Internet connections that offer gigabit-a-second speeds. The demand in schools for high-speed broadband reportedly is being driven in part by the growing popularity of bring-your-own-device programs, which have significantly increased schools' bandwidth needs. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. law bans requests for social media logins
    Students and potential employees in Michigan will be protected by a new law that prohibits educational institutions and employers from seeking social media login information. Rejecting a job applicant or disciplining a student for refusing to divulge such information will be treated as a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of as much as $1,000. Delaware and California also passed similar legislation. VentureBeat (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • 90,000 Ariz. students become eligible for vouchers
    Arizona students whose schools received a D or F rating from the state became eligible starting Tuesday to apply for vouchers of up to $3,500, which can be used for education expenses including private-school tuition. The state's voucher law originally offered scholarships to about 125,000 students with disabilities, but the expansion of the law allows application from about 90,000 additional students who attend low-performing schools. "I would not predict a mass exodus (from public schools)," said John Huppenthal, state superintendent of public instruction. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Making sure students are Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn
    Education decision-makers have an important leadership role to play in promoting a broad view of academic success: one that prepares students for healthy, satisfying and productive adult lives in which regular physical activity is a valued part. Learn more by visiting Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn at the National Association of State Boards of Education online for ideas, current research and evidence-based policy models. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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