Weekly News Round-up: 6.20.2014

By Alex Honeysett 06.20.2014 blog

Even though it’s the first day of summer — TGIF! Here are some of the biggest stories in the education world this week:

To Improve Schools, We Need to Make It Harder to Become a Teacher

Slate reports that “over the past two years, according to a report out Tuesday from the National Council on Teacher Quality, 33 states have passed meaningful new oversight laws or regulations to elevate teacher education in ways that are much harder for universities to game or ignore.” Do you think schools need to make it harder to become a teacher? Let us know in the comments.

EdTech Leaders Support Urgent FCC Action on E-rate Modernization to Bring High-Speed Connectivity to Every Classroom

We are thrilled to support this initiative. According to the press release from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, “a group of 100 CEOs and innovators from education technology companies including Amplify, Channel One, Class Dojo, DreamBox Learning, and LearnZillion today joined forces with EducationSuperHighway in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting Chairman Wheeler’s call for modernization of the E-rate program, and for swift action to immediately address the connectivity gap, which starts with ensuring ubiquitous Wi-Fi.”

Where are the EdTech Jobs? A Look at Openings in the U.S.

This EdSurge article explores the different cities in the U.S. that are fighting to be the EdTech capital of the country. Can you guess the top three cities that have the largest number of EdTech job postings?

Five Items on Arne Duncan’s Summer To-Do List

As EdWeek writes, “summer starts this weekend, but that doesn’t mean that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and company get to kick back and work on their tans. The department has a long and wonky to-do list for the summer and beyond, including some overdue homework assignments. And some key, still-pending announcements could have big implications for extensions of state’s waivers from pieces of the No Child Left Behind Act.”

Channel One News Won Four Telly Awards

We were excited to announce that Channel One News won four Telly Awards this year!

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