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Afternoon Announcements: 59% of Districts Slicing Professional Development Due to Budget Cuts

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August 14, 2013 05:10 pm

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In an unprecedented partnership, the L.A. Unified School District has joined forces with Crown Prep, an outside charter operator, to run the persistently low-performing campus south of downtown. The move comes after families submitted a petition under the parent trigger law, granting them authority to transfer the school o an outside operator.Los Angeles Times

Martha Kanter, undersecretary at the US Department of Education, announced she will be returning to academia this fall. Kanter was third-in-command at the Department and oversaw the federal higher education portfolio. Politics K-12

Sequestration cuts will hit classrooms as school districts begin the 2013-14 school year. According to a new survey from the American Association of School Administrators, 59% of districts are dealing with the across-the-board, automatic funding cuts by slicing professional development. Politics K-12

Since 2000, Anna Allanbrook has been the principal of Public School 146 in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, one of the highest achieving elementary schools in the city. She believes it is her job is to shield students, teachers and parents from the state’s ever-expanding standardized testing system and to question its reliability publicly. New York Times

Nebraska students who took math, science and reading exams received higher average scores this year than in 2012, according to new state data. Education Week

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