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Astorino Wants an Anti-Common Core Ballot Line in New York

by Associated Press
Student with teacher.

Shane Global, Flickr

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says critics of New York's new educational standards should be able to voice their concerns by voting on a new ballot line called "Stop Common Core."

   Astorino says Tuesday that petitions are circulating to add the line to the fall ballot. He says the line would let voters know which candidates oppose the standards, which have been criticized by teachers and parents.

New York Education Chief Urges Support for Common Core

by Associated Press
Exam.

Ryan M., Flickr

Education Commissioner John King Jr. is urging New York's business and community leaders to support the Common Core curriculum standards.

   King spoke on the issue Wednesday at an Association for a Better New York forum.

   The Common Core Learning Standards have been adopted by most states. They emphasize critical thinking, reading comprehension and writing.

   The new standards were first pushed by governors concerned about the large number of high school graduates needing remedial college help and lacking basic skills.

Connecticut Graduation Rates Show Improvement

by Associated Press
Student studying.

UBC Learning Commons, Flickr

New figures show Connecticut's high school graduation rate has improved for the fourth consecutive year.

   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday the improvement shows efforts to boost state education funding, especially to poorer districts, is working. Malloy is expected to tout his education record in his re-election campaign.

   Data released Wednesday show the statewide graduation average increased by 0.7 percent, from 2012 to 2013. That represents a cumulative increase of 3.7 percent over the 2010 high school graduation rate.

Fordham Conversations: Privacy Eduction

by Robin Shannon, Alen Kanlic
Kids on Computers

Enokson, flickr

Arguably the Internet is one of the greatest tools for communication and it gives the user the ability to communicate and connect with others. But there’s also a downside to being that “connected,” especially for kids who may not be aware of how their Internet activity is going to affect them in the future.

Some NYC Middle Schools to Extend Day

by Stephanie Colombini
school desks

alamosbasement, flickr

3 PM dismissal is going to be a thing of the past for students in select New York City middle schools this September. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a three-year pilot program today  that'll extend the school day another 2.5 hours in 20 high-need middle schools.

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