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Afternoon Announcements: January 19, 2012

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January 19, 2012 06:23 pm

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Thursdays are such a tease. You’re so close to the weekend yet feel so unbearably far. As you count down the ticks on the clock, enjoy the latest in education news.

California Governor Jerry Brown wants to reduce the number of standardized tests students take. The Washington Post reports that the Governor aims to give more authority to local school boards by designing a system to measure education performance that is less test-centric than the one now in use.

The Washington Post continues its focus on standardized testing as it breaks news that the federal government has become more attentive to stories of repeated cheating scandals on standardized tests in school districts across the country. Their growing concern is what is prompting the Department of Education to gather information on how to prevent, detect and respond to irregularities on completed tests.

Education Week sat down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a discussion on the hot education topics of the day: waivers, Race to the Top, reauthorization, and the election. Check out the conversation with the Secretary and his goals for U.S. educational reform.

The Alliance informed you of controversy brewing in Gwinnett County, Georgia weeks ago after parents of third graders at Norcross Elementary School felt a math assignment sent home with students made inappropriate and insensitive references to slavery. Parents petitioned the school boards, demanding an apology and diversity training for school administrators, faculty and staff. Now, according to the Associated Press, the suburban Atlanta teacher responsible for the outrage has resigned after an investigation.

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