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February 7, 2013
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  • Ind. state school board places 4 schools under mayoral control
    The Indiana State Board of Education voted on Wednesday to give control to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard of four out of five city schools it took over last summer from the Indianapolis Public Schools. The move gives the mayor control over a total of 33 schools, about half as many as are in the city's public-school system. "I'm a firm believer that local oversight at the local level is always in the best interest of the schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Federal legislation would speed adoption of classroom technology
    On Tuesday, the day before Digital Learning Day, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Transforming Education Through Technology Act. The bill is intended to "help speed adoption of innovative digital tools to improve student outcomes, close achievement gaps, boost educator skills and improve efficiency and productivity." If the legislation passes, states and school districts would be required to draft plans and policies that make the best use of technology in the classroom. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Technology raises questions over ownership of teachers' work
    Teachers' lesson plans and students' class work would belong to the school district -- not the teacher or the student -- under a proposed copyright policy under consideration in Prince George's County, Md. The policy was developed to address the use of district technology by teachers to create curricula but also applies to lessons and materials developed using teachers' own materials on their own time. Critics say the unusual policy stifles creative endeavors and infringes on students' and teachers' rights. The Washington Post (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Obama proposes changes to delay cuts to federal K-12 funding
    President Barack Obama has introduced a series of proposals intended to delay the implementation of across-the-board spending cuts to K-12 education and other parts of the federal budget. Without action by Congress, the cuts are scheduled to take effect March 1. The spending cuts, known as the "sequester," have been considered since last year and already have been delayed once. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Third-grade literacy is targeted by lawmakers in 32 states
    Legislatures in 32 states have passed laws aimed at improving the literacy skills of third-graders, with 14 of those states including mandates to retain students not reading at grade level, according to the Education Commission of the States. Advocates of retention policies say the requirements drive schools to help struggling readers. However, opponents argue that retaining students increases their risk of dropping out, even when compared with students with similar academic skills who are promoted to the next grade. Concord Monitor (N.H.)/The Associated Press (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some states may be reconsidering the common core
    Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are centering their attention on Colorado, Idaho and Indiana, and are citing successes in Utah, which last year withdrew from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Alabama similarly has withdrawn from the two consortia tasked with developing tests aligned with the standards. Supporters of the standards, adopted by a majority of states, say opposition is small and has largely been unsuccessful. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Do you as a state board member feel well-informed and overall prepared to vote on the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards that will be released in March?
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  • Register today for NASBE's annual Legislative policy forum
    Based on the theme "Advancing State Interests Through Federal Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Congress," NASBE's annual legislative conference will take place March 14-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Sessions include a policy discussion session with the U.S. Department of Education and sessions on Capitol Hill with Congressional educational leadership that deal with education policy and appropriations. Go to the conference Web page for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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