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Afternoon Announcements: January 10, 2012

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January 10, 2012 09:31 pm

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The Alliance wishes you a productive (and quick) Tuesday. As you speed through the afternoon take in the latest in education news.

The state of New York has yet to comply with the goals it set when applying for financial assistance through the federal Race to the Top program. According to the New York Times, the state is one of three on the federal government’s watch list and therefore may be in jeopardy of losing federal aid.

The Los Angeles Times reports that federal reforms to address quality and accountability concerns are forcing more than 130 Head Start agencies to compete for funding. The report analyzes potential risks for the agencies.

From the Associated Press, a new sexual education guideline released by a coalition of health and education groups suggests that young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts. Among other benchmarks the coalition recommends is that by the end of fifth grade students should know that sexual orientation is “the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender.”

The Huffington Post begs the question of whether an increase in education spending actually affects the quality of education received. The debate heats up as political leaders have cited assertions that money doesn’t affect student learning to sometimes justify cutting funding to school and public programs.

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