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Does Coding Count as a Foreign Language?

The Atlantic – Natalie Gross

“Spanish. French. German. Computer coding. Are they the same? This question is at the center of a debate in Florida, where legislators are currently considering a bill that would require high schools to offer computer coding as a foreign-language credit…“By 2020, companies across the U.S. will have 1.4 million job openings requiring computer-science expertise and just 400,000 college graduates to fill them,” John Lauerman writes for Bloomberg Business. But, as a source tells Lauerman, monolingual Americans will need to up their game, too…Last December, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said he “absolutely” disagrees with the idea that computer coding is an equal substitute for a foreign language…“Based on both educational, intellectual development, and emotional development—as well as long-term economic development in an increasingly bilingual and biliterate community—computer coding is not a trade-off,” Carvalho told the Miami Herald.”(more)

Art Education Advocates Praise ESSA’s Well-Rounded Definition of Education

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“School art advocates told NPR that they are especially optimistic about how the new education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, defines art education as a crucial component of a well-rounded education. Advocate Anna Warmbrand discusses the necessity of art in education to inspire success in even seemingly far-removed careers like business. “For our students to be well-rounded, to go out into the business world and be successful, they need to have presentation skills. They need to have their confidence. They need to have something they’re very good at that’s outside of an academic traditional thought of academic nature,” Warmbrand told NPR.”(more)

Senate Approves Every Student Succeeds Act, Obama to Sign

Education News – Matthew Tabor

“In a bipartisan 85-12 vote today, the United States Senate has approved the Every Student Succeeds Act — the replacement for No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — in the ESEA’s first overhaul in over a decade. ESSA represents a major shift in the influence of the federal government on education policy. States, rather than the federal government, will gain significantly more responsibility for turning around failing schools, evaluating teachers and holding schools accountable for achievement. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on Thursday.”(more)

Congress Prepares to Launch a New Era in Education Policy

The Atlantic – Russell Berman

“In the next few weeks, a bipartisan majority in Congress is likely to pass a law that, in various ways, repudiates the education legacies of both the Bush and Obama presidencies…The overhaul is years in the making—Congress has been due to reauthorize the underlying Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 2007. And in the absence of action on Capitol Hill, the Department of Education has amassed even greater power by negotiating waivers with 42 of the 50 states to exempt them from the law’s sanctions, which included the potential closure of schools…While some federal benchmarks for accountability will remain in place, the new bill gives much more latitude to the states and restricts the ability of the secretary of education to punish or reward them based on their progress.”(more)

Proposal Would Change Florida’s School District Makeup, Funding

Education News – Grace Smith

“School districts in South Florida are large, mostly county-wide areas, but they could soon become smaller city and suburban districts if a legislative proposal passes…Florida has five of the country’s 12 largest school districts. But parents have been concerned that the broad divisions have allowed schools to fail or remain in a state of disrepair, or that some children are zoned to attend schools outside their home city. Scott Travis of the Sun Sentinel quoted Jack Scott, an associate professor of education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton: “The size of our school districts is way larger than they need to be, and there’s a real heavy emphasis on bureaucracy. I think smaller school districts are often much more responsive to people in the area.”…The proposal is not without its critics…There could be problems with the smaller districts idea, including increased costs…”(more)

Tentative deal struck on a replacement for No Child Left Behind

The Washington Post – Lyndsey Layton

“Congressional negotiators have struck a tentative deal to replace No Child Left Behind, the main K-12 federal education law, by shifting authority for K-12 schools to states and freeing them from many federal demands and restrictions in place for 13 years. The deal largely follows the contours of a measure passed by the Senate with strong bipartisan support in July…And it plucked a few ideas from a bill passed by House Republicans in July…Congressional sources say they expect the deal to be presented to both chambers for a vote after Thanksgiving. Passage would be significant; lawmakers have been unsuccessfully trying to rewrite the law for eight years.”(more)