Top Stories From Around The Country for 4/7 2014

Jindal moves away from Common Core standards
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After months of sidestepping questions on whether Louisiana should continue its use of the Common Core standards, Gov. Bobby Jindal has edged into the legislative debate, saying the state should develop its own education benchmarks.

Bill says teacher layoffs can’t be seniority-based
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Teacher seniority would be downplayed in layoff decisions due to budget cuts under a bill advanced Thursday in the South Carolina Senate.

New Illinois Teacher Licensing System Full of Glitches, Hitches
Chicago – Just hours after the state launched a new, multimillion-dollar teacher licensing system last year, an educator logging in was shocked to find a serious security breach. “I discovered that by doing a public search using any educator’s name, ALL of our personal information is available to everyone. This is alarming!” the educator emailed to a colleague. “I was able to put in your name and find out your address, phone number, and Social Security.”

La. college leaders push for $40M incentive fund
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Higher education leaders urged lawmakers Monday to maintain Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan for a new $40 million incentive fund to steer money to high-demand degree and job training programs.

Obama: Students need help to get ‘in-demand jobs’
BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the “in-demand jobs of the future.”

Kansas testing pushes on despite problems
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas student testing is moving forward despite several hurdles, from computer problems to cyberattacks.

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