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January 10, 2013
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  State Board News 
  • Wash. state education board sets hearings on charter-school rules
    The Washington State Board of Education on Wednesday set public hearings for next month over its first draft of rules to govern charter schools since voters approved a referendum in November to allow them in the state. Among other things, the rules create timelines for local school boards to approve new charter schools and outline the annual application and approval process. The board is expected later to set additional rules, including establishing guidelines for closing poor-performing charter schools. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. education officials discuss collaboration on reform
    The Wyoming Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday discussed statutory roles with state education officials as the two entities work toward statewide education reform. Among the topics of discussion were dividing accountability tasks between the two entities, establishing a clear system for paying bills and improving communication with legislators and the public. "I think we're working together, and we all recognize there are improvements to be made," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, who is also a board member. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Mass., Ohio partner to develop online tool for teachers
    An online "instructional improvement system" is being developed for teachers by the education departments in Ohio and Massachusetts. The tool will allow teachers to individualize instruction for students, using resources, such as lesson plans and tests, available online. The new system should be available to teachers in both states in the 2013-14 school year, and Race to the Top grants are being used to fund the project. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ariz. budget is expected to account for common core
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to include funding for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in her budget proposal, set for release later this month. The funding is expected to assist school districts, which have seen a decline in state aid in recent years, and are faced with paying for the implementation of the standards, including teacher training as well as updates to school resources and technology. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Common core webinar Jan. 23
    NASBE will host a webinar highlighting the authors and topics in the "Implementing the Common Core" issue of NASBE's journal, The State Education Standard on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 2-3:30 p.m. (ET). The webinar will cover the history of the common core standards movement, how states are adding additional standards to the common core, and how policymakers are defining "college- and career-ready." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education policy professional opportunities
    NASBE has openings in two new policy project areas -- Deeper learning and Next Generation Science Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the projects and positions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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