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Afternoon Announcements: February 14, 2012

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February 14, 2012 05:42 pm

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air all around the country, including here at the Alliance for Excellent Education. We thank you for checking in daily to get your fix for education news. As a token of our appreciation we got you a nice picture of a box of chocolate (sorry, the mall was closed.)

The Huffington Post brings you an in-depth look at what the Alliance reported on last week. Results of the class of 2011’s Advanced Placement enrollment and testing are available and while more high school students are taking the Advanced Placement exams and succeeding, most students who should be taking the exams aren’t.

Alternative schools are popping up everywhere, including online. But National Public Radio enlightens you to the growing trends of schools in shopping centers. In traditional schools, many students struggle with bad grades or have discipline problems, and others choose to drop out. A few school districts are opening up specialized schools inside shopping malls as an alternative and some students are taking advantage.

From Education Week, we learn that not every state is looking to become exempt from the No Child Left Behind Act, at least not yet. The education commissioners in Maine and New Hampshire say they refuse to be “rushed” into revamping their K-12 accountability systems and will not apply for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education by the February 28 deadline for the second round.

It may be Valentine’s Day but there is no love for tenured teachers in Virginia. According to the Washington Post, the state’s House of Delegates voted to end tenure-related job protections for public school teachers. It was a measure Republican Governor Robert F. McDonnell has pushed this year as part of his agenda to improve public education. Ouch.

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