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Afternoon Announcements: December 9, 2011

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December 09, 2011 08:30 pm


In just a matter of hours you can kick back and relax for the weekend; you’ve earned it. In the meantime, enjoy the winding down of the work week with the latest in education news.

Schools around the country are venturing away from requiring students to “test out” of a grade or graduate in general. According to Education Week, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee are changing their policies so that students will no longer be required to take those tests, according to a new report by the Center on Education Policy.

Education Week also reports that the National Education Association commission is lending a voice on methods to improve teacher effectiveness. The NEA issued a report with specific recommendations for upping pre-service requirements, establishing career paths for teachers, and developing new evaluation systems.

Utilizing the power of his name, Francis W. “Frank” Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden, is helping for-profit companies open charter schools in Florida. The Washington Post indicated that Biden also happens to be a real estate developer there. Hmm…

Be careful how much you spend for Secret Santa this year. According to the Associated Press, any Alabama teacher who accepts a Christmas ham or a $25 gift card from a student is breaking Alabama’s ethics law. A $26 or more gift can be punishable with up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

Parents often warn their children about the dangers of posting personal information on social networking websites, including their own opinions. Now teachers are learning the lesson, and some are learning it the hard way. In New Jersey, a teacher posted comments on Facebook against a gay history exhibit at her school. Another teacher could lose her job for calling her students future criminals. NPR enlightens us on incidents like these that are fueling debates over privacy and free speech.


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