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Afternoon Announcements: January 17, 2012

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January 17, 2012 10:03 pm

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We hope you enjoyed the extended weekend. Now as you venture back into the rhythm of the work week, enjoy the top stories in education news.

As most of us enjoyed a work-free or school-free Monday in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., National Public Radio talked with several teachers and asked for their thoughts on the challenges of observing the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the classroom. An NPR reporter sat down with a group of teachers and discussed keeping the lesson fresh and relevant to society today as well as analyzing whether white teachers are prepared to teach about civil rights.

Also touching on Dr. Martin Luther Jr., the New York Times reports New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg invoked the ideals of the Civil Rights leader in criticizing the lack of an agreement on a system to rate teachers’ performance.

According to the Washington Post, there is still a lot to be learned about charter schools. A new study on the effectiveness of public charter schools concludes that most of the research on the subject has been conducted with methods that “tell us little about causal effects.”

Another report also questions a method of education analysis. The New York Times finds that studies used to measure teacher effectiveness are based on data from the 1990s possibly skewing results and potential application to educational policy.  “It is a key limitation of the study,” Raj Chetty of Harvard, one of the three researchers, acknowledged in an interview.

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