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Afternoon Announcements: An Argument in Favor of Gap Years

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May 08, 2013 08:30 pm

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Many countries have long touted the usefulness of a “gap” year spent living abroad between finishing high school and entering college, but the U.S. has never been one. That thinking may be changing as more students take a year off and extoll the virtues of learning more about themselves and their interests before entering college. USA Today

Lawmakers on the House education committee are trying to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, which hasn’t been renewed for more than six years. The last renewal attempt was thwarted by partisan divisions, and the same may happen this time. Politics K-12

According to a survey from the Maryland State Education Association, teachers in the state feel unprepared to teach the Common Core Standards are asking for more time to meet the demands of the new evaluation system and higher standards. Washington Post

The broke Buena Vista School District in Michigan is closed for a few days this week because it can’t pay its teachers. The district has laid off staff. “I know everybody is hurt. We’re trying to get these answers. Our hands are pretty much tied. We’re trying to go after every option we have,” school board President Randy L. Jackson said. Education Week

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