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EducationDive: Five K-12 Stories to Keep Track of in 2015

EducationDive: Five K-12 Stories to Look for in 2015

The year is coming to an end, and there was plenty of controversy, triumph, and low points seen in education news. From Common Core to teacher tenure, we have seen it all.

So says an article on EducationDive.com, which features five of "this year's most interesting education stories are still in their opening acts and are sure to continue unfolding in the new year."

The first item is the LAUSD iPad Investigation.

"At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Los Angeles Unified School District embarked on an innovative and admirable journey: through a $1 billion contract with Apple, the nation's second largest district planned to equip each of its 640,000 students with their very own iPad," the article said. "It was an ambitiously massive 1:1 rollout, and it was unfortunately anything but smooth. Issues ranged from a lack of necessary accessories like keyboards to students "hacking" the iPads by deleting security profiles."

The article also features "what to look for in 2015."

"It will be interesting to keep tabs on this story and find out if there really was any foul play in the negotiation process," the article said. "The LAUSD/Apple deal was poised to set a precedent for other districts, so its failures could be a great place to start when considering what not to do in the future."

Another news item is "all things Common Core."

"There are a few things to focus on when it comes to the Common Core State Standards," the article said. "For one, there's the question of which states are in and which are opting out. Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma have all dropped the national standards, and Ohio may be joining them. In November, a house committee in the Buckeye State voted 7-2 in favor of a Republican bill calling for the repeal of the standards. And that's just the states that have made steps to actually repeal the standards. There are also states to watch like Louisiana and Mississippi, where the governors want to drop the standards and create their own guidelines, and the state superintendents want to keep them."

EducationDive said that "what will happen in 2015 is anyone's guess."

"The Common Core was introduced in 2010 and was quickly adopted by many states, which may or may not have felt pressure due to the fact that the standards were tied to the Obama administration's Race to the Top grants. While there has always been pushback to the standards, the 2013-14 school year was the first time states and their legislatures actually took steps to undo their adoption."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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