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Afternoon Announcements: January 13, 2011

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January 13, 2012 07:29 pm

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Congratulations, you made it! Friday has arrived and soon you will be on your way to watching Saturday morning cartoons. That is, if you haven’t already started. But if you happen to still be in the office, enjoy the latest in education news.

The Washington Post reports the United States Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania has activated a hotline where citizens can report “suspected possible corruption in public education.” This stems from a probe of schools throughout the state regarding improprieties from the 2009 PSSA tests.

According to the Associated Press, California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to dismantle a new program for children who are no longer old enough for kindergarten. The plan doesn’t provide funding for “transitional kindergarten,” a new grade level created when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that raised the starting age for kindergarten.

From the Times Free Press, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to make local schools exempt from a state-mandated teacher pay schedule that currently rewards seniority and training is drawing fire from the state’s largest teachers’ group. And the battle between state and local governments with teacher’s groups and unions continues as Stateline reports that the most controversial state issue of 2011 — the fight over collective bargaining and other rights for public-sector employees — isn’t going away in 2012.

 

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