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Afternoon Announcements: January 20, 2012

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January 20, 2012 05:44 pm

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Before you head out for a permanent lunch that leads straight into your weekend, take in some of the latest information in the world of education.

The Washington Post reports that the waiver application for No Child Left Behind is now available for review. The District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education has posted a draft of its application for relief from the federal No Child Left Behind law and comments are encouraged.

Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, amid strong efforts for a recall election, unveiled an education reform package that would rate schools. According to the Wisconsin State-Journal, the new initiative would connect teacher evaluations to student test scores and require all kindergartners to take a reading test funded by the state. The new reform package would take in effect next school year.

 When the New York Times asked readers of their SchoolBook blog about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to offer bonuses to teachers will high performances, surprisingly, teachers largely rejected the idea. The New York Times reports most teachers say that the bonuses won’t help them to accomplish their goal.

Although bonuses may not get the job done, some good news may be incentive for teachers and students to perform better. According to GothamSchools, Department of Education officials reported to city council members that the proportion of students who graduate from New York City high schools ready for college-level work will double by 2016.

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