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Afternoon Announcements: January 12, 2012

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January 12, 2012 08:35 pm

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Don’t fret, you’re almost there. One more pit stop on the road to an extended weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the latest in education news.

The Huffington Post reports that parents in Middletown, Connecticut  are protesting the use of what they’re calling “scream rooms” by Farm Hill Elementary School as a way of disciplining misbehaving students. The rooms have essentially been used as a “time-out” space for students who have become unruly or disruptive.

District of Columbia Public Schools is set to receive $21 million to cover cost overruns after the District Chief Financial Officer revised the revenue forecast to include an additional $42.2 million. But the Washington Post reports that the city’s charter schools are objecting to Mayor Vincent C. Gray asking the D.C. Council to appropriate half of it to the city’s 123-school system and are looking to stake a claim for some of the revenue.

According to the Los Angeles Times, only a day after the Tucson Unified School District board voted to suspend Mexican American studies classes to avoid losing state aid, students are angry, sad and confused, a teacher says. State law bans classes that are primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.” Last week, state Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled the Tucson program in violation.

GothamSchools introduces you to the new nationally-backed group, New York Campaign for Achievement Now, or NYCAN. They plan to push for a law that would enable parents to vote on ways to improve their struggling district schools.

 

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