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Afternoon Announcements: January 25, 2012

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January 25, 2012 06:47 pm

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It’s ok. We know you were up late causing havoc at State of the Union watch parties; but hopefully you won our State of the Union Bingo. So as you sluggishly trod your way through Wednesday, ease through the afternoon with news on education.

Across the country, changes in teacher evaluation have meant that teacher tenure is no longer a guarantee. As the Associated Press reports, a few states have essentially nullified tenure protections altogether. An analysis released by the National Council on Teacher Quality shows that qualifications for teacher tenure are getting a makeover.

Childhood obesity is a growing cause for concern for Americans because of the health and economic risks it presents to children as they grow into adults. This has been a key element of focus for First Lady Michelle Obama. Along with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the First Lady is announcing that most school meals, including pizza, will have less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides according to the Associated Press.

The Alliance for Excellent Education has been at the forefront of advocating for increased use of technology in the classroom. A major setback in achieving that goal is the disparity between poor schools and schools that serve predominantly upper and middle class students. The Huffington Post shows you that as more attention becomes directed at forging our schools further into the digital age, poor schools are in danger of being left behind.

Stateline reports that new federal education data shows that states differ widely in how many students they designate for special education. Those differences could have a financial impact for some states in the face of possible cuts to federal aid.

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