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Number of applicants for Arizona school-voucher program doubles

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PHOENIX — An aggressive media campaign and expanded eligibility helped double the number of applicants for the state's school voucher program, which allows students to use public funds for a private education.

The Private Sector Tackling Education in Emerging Economies

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Anyone who really wants to understand what is happening with education in emerging economies should look to Sunny Varkey. Born to expat Indian teachers in Dubai, Varkey is now head of the largest operator of private K-12 schools in the world, GEMS Education.

The Second Machine Age and Economic Development

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Upon finishing The Second Machine Age, written by MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, it feels like innovation is swiftly overtaking the world -- ready or not. As Wired's Kevin Kelly puts it, "technology is overturning the world's economies, and [this] is the best explanation of this revolution yet written."

Hispanic Achievement in 21 Urban Districts

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Hispanic students account for a larger proportion of students in the United States than ever—and the achievement of these students is key to the continued progress of education in our nation's urban school districts.

Now's your chance to weigh in and learn more about this important group of students.

Join the National Assessment Governing Board for a chat on its Facebook page about Hispanic students' progress, as revealed by the latest Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) of The Nation's Report Card, and larger implications for education and policy.

Taking questions will be Florida state Sen. Anitere Flores, a member of the Governing Board; and Delia Pompa, National Council of La Raza's senior vice president of programs.
Facebook Chat: Hispanic Student Achievement in 21 Urban Districts
March 13, 2014
3-3:45 p.m. EDT    
Join Us!
Submit a question in advance.    

The chat is on March 13, 2014, between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. EDT.

Review the results of The Nation's Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading—Trial Urban District Assessment, then comment, submit a question, and join the discussion. TUDA provides in-depth results for 21 urban public school districts, tracking fourth- and eighth-grade student achievement in mathematics and reading over time.

Among topics to be explored:    
•    Hispanic students in Los Angeles scored higher on TUDA in 2013 than in 2011 in mathematics at grade 4; the same groups, in D.C. Public Schools, scored higher in reading at grade 8. What lessons can we take from this?
•    There is still an achievement gap between Hispanic and white students in both subjects and grades. What strategies might urban districts use to further improvement among Hispanic students?
The more people exchanging ideas, the better: Please share news of this chat!

For additional information about this event, visit   

GreenPal is offering a $2,000 scholarship

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If you're a Hispanic parent that have a college student who is an entrepreneur or thinking of starting their own business, there is a scholarship going on for that right now. The GreenPal Business Scholarship is offering a $2,000 award to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader.

Florida School Choice Groups to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Decision

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When raising children, it is said we spend the first four years teaching them to walk and talk and the next 14 years getting them to sit down and be quiet. For Michael and Amanda Howard, the process looked much different.

Hispanic CREO congratulates on Sen. Teresa Ruiz’s sponsored DREAM Act bill


With the DREAM Act in stagnant state in Washington DC, New Jersey legislators took the initiative to pass the bill and yesterday Gov. Chris Christie held a ceremonial signing approving it into law. 

ESL and Classroom Teachers Team Up to Teach Common Core

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It started with a simple after-school conversation last spring between two teachers.

Common Core Ratchets Up Language Demands for English-Learners

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No one is a native speaker of academic English.

'Parent Trigger' School Faces Challenge to Deliver

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The parent-led battle to transform Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school may be over, but the storybook ending that many charter supporters sought for the children in this Mojave Desert community may be even more challenging to achieve.

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