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Afternoon Announcements: January 6, 2012

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January 06, 2012 06:34 pm

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Good Afternoon!

We hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl and the enormous amounts of food and fun at watch parties in your area. Thanks to the big game, today is the most commonly called-out “sick-day” in the United States. So if you’re working from home because you enjoyed one too many chicken wings or drinks, kick back in bed and get caught up with these stories on education news.

States continue to develop measures that would render them exempt from the No Child Left Behind Act. In New Hampshire, two bills are being drafted in the state House of Representatives that would withdraw the state from the law.  But according to the Boston Globe, the cost would be an estimated $61.6 million loss in federal money tied to the law.

The Boston Globe also reports that the city of Boston recently gave out more than $400,000 in bonuses to teachers and classroom aides at 12 academically struggling schools. The bonuses were a result from their students showing substantial progress last year. This is a first for the city; educators have not been previously rewarded for boosting the performance of their students.

For over a decade, the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago has been tearing down and rebuilding some of the city’s worst-performing schools. As a nonprofit teaching academy with strong political ties, the academy has turned around several failing Chicago Public Schools. But according to the Chicago Tribune, some critics say improved test scores don’t tell the whole story.

The focus on eliminating bullying in schools is creating an increased motivation to address homophobia in American society, especially among children. As the Washington Post reports, the national push to prevent bullying is resulting in more elementary schools introducing lessons about gay tolerance.

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