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Afternoon Announcements: Common Core’s Beginnings

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April 12, 2013 04:02 pm

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The Common Core State Standards began with a group of state leaders, not at the federal government level. Governors began meeting to discuss an idea for a bipartisan effort to transform the standards by which students were taught and learned. Philanthropy Magazine

Detroit Public Schools embraced a new strategic plan that aims to keep the district competitive with charter schools and employ budget friendly measures. The plan’s title is “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools,” and calls for longer learning times, expanded pre-kindergarten programs, and fewer school closings. Education Week

Should students be required to take and pass algebra II in order to graduate from high school? This question is at the center of debates on graduation requirements in Texas. The state legislature is considering more flexible requirements that would not include the advanced math course. The Texas Tribune

Tenacity and self-control are learning competencies that some schools and districts will emphasize in coming years. New research shows that fortitude may be a key to student achievement. Philly.com

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