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Afternoon Announcements: July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011 06:40 pm

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According to the New York Times, some state education chiefs say that if Congress does not overhaul No Child Left Behind, the main federal law governing public education, by the fall, they may be allowed to propose their own accountability systems as an alternative.

Education leaders, teachers, and their advocates gathered at the American Federation of Teachers national conference this week and expressed deep frustration at the lack of movement to overhaul the vastly unpopular No Child Left Behind education law, reports the Huffington Post.

The Denver Post reports that Colorado school districts have overwhelmed the state Department of Education with their interest in participating in a state pilot program this fall for evaluating new teachers and principals.

Leaders of Louisiana’s first online K–12 charter school are asking the state for a higher enrollment cap because of unexpected demand, reports the Advocate in Baton Rouge.

The Connecticut Mirror reports on a business group’s launch of a campaign for sweeping education reform.

The Kansas City Star writes that the Columbia and Kansas City campuses of the University of Missouri again will be awash in freshmen this fall, but it may be a high tide because in eight years, the number of high school graduates in Missouri will fall by 5 percent.

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