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Afternoon announcements: Arne Duncan for Secretary of State?

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November 29, 2012 07:20 pm

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Thomas Friedman made waves with his column yesterday in which he nominated a new Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton. Who is it? Unexpectedly, he picked Arne Duncan. New York Times

Responding to Thomas Friedman’s nomination of him for the next Secretary of State, Arne Duncan joked that he’d sooner be a stripper than a handle the country’s state affairs. I’m guessing he’s not on the short list of candidates after that response. Huffington Post

Students in Pinellas County, Fla. are rocketing into the future with the use of palm scanners to pay for lunches. Who needs cards when you have your DNA? USA Today

Yesterday, Robyn Young, one of our regular guest bloggers, asked educators to reconsider policies that don’t allow cell phones in the classroom. She argues that they may be the easiest, simplest “BYOD” (Bring your own device) method around. A new study that finds many American students use their phones for homework agrees with her. Education Week

Noel Harmond, the director of National Talent Divident, writes about the Alliance’s new report on the inseparable link between equity in education and growing the American economy. She says America must face the sometimes ugly realities of our past and present to focus on closing achievement gaps and setting every student up for success in our increasingly globalized economy. Huffington Post

After releasing state-by-state data of four year high school graduation rates, the Department of Education sent a letter to the states emphasizing graduation-rate accountability. Politics K-12

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