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March 14, 2013
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Neb. takes second look at common core
Nebraska, which opted out of the Common Core State Standards, now has authorized a company to compare its own standards with those adopted by 45 other states. Members of the Nebraska Board of Education voted 7-1 to authorize the examination, which comes as some educators have speculated that the state's decision on the common core could be costly if Congress ties the reauthorized No Child Left Behind to the adoption of the common core. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/12)
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Kan. education board clarifies its role in adopting standards
The Kansas Board of Education voted to send a letter to the governor and state lawmakers advising them that the state constitution gives the board -- not the state legislature -- the power to set education policy for the state. The board was responding to a bill that would force it to cancel its adoption of the Common Core State Standards because some lawmakers claim the board was pressured into adopting the standards by the U.S. Department of Education. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/12)
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3 states join forces to purchase education technology
Maine, Hawaii and Vermont are working together to purchase education technology -- a collaboration driven by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. At least five other states are considering joining the Multi-State Learning Technology Initiative, which some say could help states save money and gain purchasing leverage by joining forces in the digital-procurement process. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13)
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Policy & Legislation
The pros, cons of NCLB waivers
For states that have received waivers from No Child Left Behind, there may be a collective sigh of relief as officials are freed from some provisions under the federal education law. However, there are some drawbacks; because the waivers allow individual states and districts to craft their own plans, collaborative efforts among jurisdictions can lead to confusion over how federal funds for education may be used. T.H.E. Journal (3/12)
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NASBE initiative aimed at assisting states on new science standards
A year-long initiative launched last week by the National Association of State Boards of Education is aimed at helping states implement and build support for new common core science standards expected to be released this month, it was announced. "State education policymakers, like many others, are working hard to answer the national call for greater emphasis on science, and the Next Generation Science Standards will provide them with a critical tool to do this," said NASBE Deputy Executive Director Brad Hull. A $319,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help fund the group's work. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (3/8)
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Dozens of Ohio districts, schools withdraw from Race to the Top
Nearly 80 school districts and charter schools in Ohio have pulled out of the Race to the Top program since winning grants in 2010, in part, because the cost of implementing the mandates exceeds the federal award. Districts also cite having to switch a year early to the state's new teacher-evaluation system, which uses test scores to grade educators. "We were spending a disproportionate amount of time following all the requirements," said Mike Johnson, superintendent of Bexley schools, which has turned down a grant for this year. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/10)
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Next Generation Science Standards webinar
On Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m., NASBE will host an informational webinar to increase awareness among education policymakers of the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what makes them different from existing science standards. What the standards mean to states and state boards, as well as steps to take after the NGSS are introduced will be explored.
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NASBE on Capitol Hill
NASBE members from across the country are converging on Capitol Hill Thursday and Friday to take the message of state boards and the concerns of their own states for NASBE's annual Legislative Policy Forum. Members are taking these two days to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others at the Department of Education, members of Congress, and staff from the House and Senate education committees.
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