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November 1, 2012
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  • Va. adopts 6-year plan to close math achievement gap
    The Virginia Board of Education, facing an achievement gap in which African-American and Hispanic students as well as students with learning disorders are scoring below Caucasian students on math assessments, launched a six-year plan that seeks to have at least 73% of all students passing their state math tests. There was some disagreement about whether to have a statewide target or have specific achievement goals for each school district, but ultimately the statewide plan prevailed. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
 
  • Launch of Fla. education website is delayed
    Plans in Florida to build a website intended to help students, teachers and others transition to new academic standards have been stalled following the termination of a contract between the state and a private firm that was hired to create the site. The $20 million project was to be paid for with Race to the Top funds. At issue was the timeline for the project and a dispute over reported delays to the work. Officials say they plan to rebid the contract. The Miami Herald/The Associated Press(free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Idaho laptop program back on track with Hewlett-Packard deal
    Idaho has tapped Hewlett-Packard to provide laptop computers for every high-school student in the state with an eight-year contract that is worth $182 million. Under the deal, the company will supply the laptops, maintain the devices and install wireless networks at each high school. However, the state will be responsible for the cost of any computers that are lost or damaged. Meanwhile, on Election Day, voters will decide on a proposition that, if denied, could cancel the program. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • 5 states seek federal grants for early-learning programs
    The five states eligible to compete in the second round of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge all have applied for a share of $133 million in federal grants. Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin have applied for the funding, which is to be spent on reforms tied to improving early learning. The program, which launched last year, awarded funding to nine states in its first round. T.H.E. Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NASBE News 
  • Should the federal government's role in public education:
    Decrease?  41.67%
    Stay the same?  33.33%
    Increase?  25.00%
  • State education election results next week
    NASBE will be tracking state board of education and chief state school officer election results, as well as other education ballot issues next week. Visit our website next week to find out who won, what passed and where. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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