Sequestration Effects: 59 Percent of Districts Cut Professional Development PoliticsK12: Districts are dealing withautomatic, across-the-board trigger cuts of federal education funding by slicing professional development (59 percent of districts), eliminating personnel (53 percent), increasing class size (48 percent), and deferring technology purchases (46 percent).
Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan Washington Post: There’s just one catch: The effort would cost billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees for mobile-phone users. Doing that relies on the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency that has the power to approve or reject the plan.
New LA Unified school year starts with imporant classroom changes KPCC: Students will also notice a different teaching style, Zimmer said. This is the year California public schools are phasing in the Common Core, a new set of rules for skills that teachers are expected to teach students.
Frank DeAngelis, Columbine High School Principal, To Retire HuffPost: In a moving letter to parents, DeAngelis announced his plans to retire after this school year and reflected on his time at Columbine. “I felt it might be time to retire before a student informs me that I taught their grandparents,” he wrote.