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February 21, 2013
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  • Will Fla. schools be tech-ready for common core?
    Some Florida State Board of Education members voiced concerns during a meeting Monday about whether schools will have adequate technology in place to implement Common Core State Standards assessments in 2015. The board had asked the state for $400 million in funding for new technology, but current budget proposals instead call for $100 million. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio education board to select finalists for state superintendent
    Thirty candidates -- including former state education chiefs, an adviser to the governor and the leader of an education reform group -- are under consideration for the post of superintendent of public instruction in Ohio. The State Board of Education, which hired Ray and Associates to conduct a national search, is expected to meet Monday to select finalists for the position. StateImpact/Ohio (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
 
  • Ohio schools are urged to share technology resources
    Leaders in Ohio are encouraging school districts to look for opportunities to share technology resources to improve efficiency and cut costs. Such efforts could save as much as $1 billion annually statewide, one group estimates. Beginning March 1, the city of Monroe, Monroe Schools and the Butler County Educational Service Center will begin a rare partnership in which they can share a team of five technology experts. Cincinnati Enquirer, The (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
 
  • Ind. considers speedier state takeovers of schools
    Lawmakers in Indiana are considering legislation that transforms the way the state assesses school performance and -- in cases where schools are struggling -- provides a shorter time frame for state takeovers. Under the bill, the state would be able to take over a school that receives a failing grade for three consecutive years, rather than the current standard of six straight years. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is zero-tolerance school discipline justified?
    Zero-tolerance school discipline policies are under increased scrutiny following December's tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Such policies, in which students are suspended for what some say is age-appropriate imaginative play, such as using their fingers to mimic guns while on the playground or building weapons out of Legos. However, while some say the policies go too far, others say school safety is paramount. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. could direct more funds to needy schools
    Available funding for schools in Colorado would increase and the money would be divided in new ways under a proposal expected to be considered by state lawmakers in the coming weeks. Under a draft of the plan, developed by Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, more funds would go to schools with the greatest needs. However, even if approved by lawmakers, the plan also would require voters to approve a tax increase in November. Education News Colorado (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • 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. Deadline for special hotel room rate is March 1. Go to the conference Web page for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education policy professional opportunities
    NASBE has openings for both a project director and a project associate to administer all aspects of a continuation grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support state boards in implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the project and positions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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