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Afternoon Announcements: Friday, August 31

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August 31, 2012 05:05 pm

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Before you hit the road for that last weekend at the beach, we invite you to enjoy today’s afternoon announcements. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the latest education news over sitting hours in a traffic jam?

Our first two articles for today focus on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Times reports on former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s speech at the convention yesterday, when he called the need for better schools “the great moral and economic issue of our time.” The Huffington Post has the complete text of Bush’s speech.

Also reporting from Tampa, Alyson Klein of Education Week says that the common core state standards are “dividing” the Republican party. “On the one hand,” she writes, “there’s Jeb Bush, a key Romney surrogate and the former GOP governor of Florida. He points out that a majority of GOP governors have embraced the standards.” On the other hand is Gayle Ruzeicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, and a delegate to the Republican National Convention,” who calls the standards “Obama Core.”

In a second article from the Republican National Convention, Klein speaks with former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who is no fan of Race to the Top or the additional flexibility that states are receiving through waivers of certain requirements of the No Chilld Left Behind Act. She tells Klein that the waiver proposal does a disservice to poor and minority children and will be tough to manage and oversee. She calls Race to the Top a “goose-egg” of a program and notes that states are already falling short on their promises.

Leaving Tampa and heading up to New York, Rochester Your News Now reports that 45 percent of school board members in New York believe that the common core state standards will have the greatest impact in the new school year. In the article, New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer says, “Instead of just grammar and vocabulary, perhaps, there’s going to be a real emphasis, the way it’s going to be taught is focusing on literacy, knowledge of the subject matter.”

That’s all for today and for this week. Enjoy your long weekend and good luck with traffic!

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