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  • iPad crackdown after 300 L.A. students use school-issued tablets for unauthorized websites
    published on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:07:50 GMT
    By Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Daily NewsMore than 300 students at three Los Angeles Unified high schools bypassed security measures to access unauthorized websites on their new district-issued iPads, prompting an immediate ban on taking the tablet computers home, officials said Tuesday. The breach was discovered Friday at Westchester High, Roosevelt High in Boyle Heights and the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills. Those campuses were among the first to receive the iPads ...
  • School Leaders: Don't Let Your Teachers Lose Heart
    published on Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:35:05 GMT
    School Leaders: Don't Let Your Teachers Lose Heart By Laurie Barnoski I lined up to board a plane in Seattle when a security agent reached for my husband's ticket and read it. She said, "Barnoski?" Then she swiveled her head, finding me as her eyes filled with tears. "Mrs. Barnoski, I was one of your students in high school!" I recognized Andrea right away; it was her smile. She reached out to hug me as I kissed her on the cheek. ...
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    published on Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:33:28 GMT
    Calif. Districts' Waiver Bid Now in Review Phase Education department reviewing Calif. districts' NCLB waiver bid By Michele McNeil The U.S. Department of Education and a band of outside peer reviewers are now weighing the details of a precedent-setting waiver application from nine districts in California that want flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act even though their state's bid for a waiver was unsuccessful. If approved, ...
  • Common-Core Curricula Spark Teacher Resistance
    published on Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:30:53 GMT
    Common-Core Curricula Spark Teacher Resistance By Catherine Gewertz Not long after New York state raised eyebrows with a curriculum solicitation that was anything but business-as-usual, it is triggering uneasiness among teachers who feel that tests are being given on the new standards too soon. At issue is a new, voluntary curriculum in mathematics and English/language arts that New York purchased from private vendors and is offerin...
  • Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reverberates
    published on Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:28:26 GMT
    Published Online: April 4, 2013 Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reverberates Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, center, heads towards the Fulton County Jail to turn herself in on Tuesday in Atlanta. Hall is among the 35 Atlanta school system educators named in a 65-count indictment last week that alleges a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheatin...
  • Districts Tying Principal Reviews to Test Scores
    published on Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:01:14 GMT
    More and more districts are factoring student test scores into personnel reviews By Jaclyn Zubrzycki A growing number of school districts—including large ones like those in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Hawaii—have become recent converts to new principal-evaluation systems that tie school leaders' appraisals to student test scores. As of this school year, student achievement accounts for 40 percent to 50 percent of principals' evaluations in each of those...