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Afternoon Announcements: July 12, 2011

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July 12, 2011 05:59 pm

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On Monday, American Federation of Teachers’s President Randi Weingarten called for education reform that emanates from teachers and their communities, rather than from “those who blame teachers for everything,” according to the New York Times.

The New York Times also reports that despite a competitive economy in which success increasingly depends on obtaining a college degree, one in four students in this country does not even finish high school in the usual four years.

According to Education Week, states continue the push to toughen teacher policies and changes are afoot for evaluation, tenure, and collective bargaining.

Education Week also reports on new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which finds that English language learners are almost as likely as students fluent in English to attend high schools that offer advanced math and science courses, but they’re less likely than their fluent peers to be enrolled in those courses.

In a blog post written for the Washington Post, Marion Brady—a veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer, and author—asks “How important is class size after all?”

The Idaho Statesman’s editorial board asks, “How difficult should it be for a state to set up a data system to track students from kindergarten to graduation? A system that measures student test data and makes sure the state’s scarce school budget dollars accurately sync with real-time enrollment? How hard can it be, really?”

When President Obama promised 100,000 new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers over the next 10 years during his State of the Union address in January, it may have seemed like an unrealistic goal, but officials at several nonprofits, businesses, and universities saw it as a call to action, writes U.S. News & World Report.

The Los Angeles Times reports that some southern California teachers are finding ways to keep creativity in the lesson plan even as they prepare their students for standardized tests.

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