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Afternoon announcements: Financial aid on hold because of sequestration

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March 19, 2013 05:51 pm

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New analysis of teachers’ performance reviews across New York City show that some principals haven’t demoted, fired, or ‘flunked’ a single teacher for at least eight years. The study looked at schools in all five boroughs. The math works out to 11% of schools giving satisfactory remarks to all of their teachers for the better part of the last decade. Wall Street Journal

Students planning to enter college this fall may still be waiting for financial aid letters, and they might be waiting for a while. Maryland colleges don’t have full details on how much federal funding they’ll receive for some assistance-based programs because of sequestration. Baltimore Sun

The professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open only courses, seem to agree with all the hype. In the largest survey done of those who have taught the classes, 79% said believe they are “worth the hype.” The Chronicle of Higher Education

The percentage of teachers who group students by ability has risen from 28% in 1998 to 71% in 2009. One reason behind the drastic change could be No Child Left Behind’s emphasis on schools focusing on struggling students. USA Today

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