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Education Facts: October 22, 2014

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1) According to a PDK/Gallup poll, 70% of respondents said teachers should spend at least a year training under the guidance of a certified colleague, and 60% said entrance requirements for teacher training programs should be more rigorous.

2) In that same poll, 50% opposed and 49% supported providing free public education benefits to the children of illegal immigrants.

3) The National School Lunch Program feeds 3 million students and costs nearly $12 billion annually.

4) A recent study by the National School Nutrition Association found that 81.2% of surveyed schools said there’s been an increase in tossed food since the new nutrition standards went into effect 2 years ago.

5) A University of California study found that 11% of middle schoolers were frequently bullied, 29% were occasionally verbally or physically bullied, 10% were victims of traditional bullying and cyberbullying, and 50% were infrequent victims.

Making Education News: October 21, 2014

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1. In 2012, 14 states enacted policies either mandating or strongly recommending that students be held back if they can’t read proficiently by third grade.

2. Currently, just 27 states are planning to use the Common Core assessments, either PARCC or SBAC, with the rest either using other assessments or are still undecided.

3. The University of Pittsburgh’s Learning and Research Development Center has been awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education “to test and refine a training model used in manufacturing and health care to see if it works as well to support transitioning to the Common Core Standards.

4. The National Center for Education Statistics says 4th graders are capable of using a computer to type, organize, and write well enough to be assessed but they had trouble using things like the drop-down menus, editing icons, the highlighter tool, among others.

5. Because of ObamaCare, which mandates benefits to all employees who work at least 30 hours a week, an increasing number of districts are turning to private companies for substitute teachers.

6. Google’s Classroom app has officially launched in 42 languages worldwide and is designed “to help take the clutter out of everyday class assignments.”