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Afternoon Announcements: January 24, 2012

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January 24, 2012 07:49 pm


We’re back to the afternoon which means we’re back to business compiling vital educational news for you. Take in some of the latest.

The Alliance in previous announcements have enlightened you on the increase in homeless and impoverished students in public schools and the struggle to stay afloat; attempting to receive an education in the midst of constant moves. The New York Times introduces you to Samantha Garvey who was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work with mussels all while dealing with economic hardship and homelessness.

What does your handwriting say about you? More importantly, how will a child’s handwriting determine his or her ability for future success? A fascinating story comes to us from MSNBC that shows a new study linking the handwriting skills of pre-kindergarten students with future math grades.

Across the county districts are analyzing what it will take to attract the best teachers nationwide to their area. But as the Washington Post points out, many educators believe it will take more than money to entice phenomenal teachers to the struggling D.C. school system. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown appears to be up to the challenge and received a positive reception at a hearing for a proposed pilot program of bonuses, income tax credits and housing benefits to lure good teachers to low-performing schools.

After some books were removed from classes, teachers at schools in the Tucson, Arizona area are contemplating what curriculum to use now that Mexican-American studies as well as all ethnic studies have been banned by the school district. As CNN reports, some students said they’d like to give district and state school administrators some homework.


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