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Afternoon Announcements: July 18, 2012

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July 18, 2012 06:31 pm


Hello! Happy Wednesday! Sorry we missed you yesterday, but we’ll make it up to you today with an extra special edition of the Afternoon Announcements! Here we go.

What’s that you say? You said you haven’t had any news about NCLB waivers for a week or more? Well, please let us help you with that malady by letting you know that Education Week has a report that seven more waivers are set to be announced Friday. This will bring the total number of states with waivers up to 33.

Today, President Obama’s administration released plans for a $1 billion “elite corps of master teachers,” according to The Huffington Post. This corps is intended to “boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math.” The program will work by giving these high-performing teachers salary stipends.

The Hechinger Report has the interesting tale of parents pushing back against career and technical education in La Jolla, California. When the San Diego Unified School District made CTE classes a graduation requirement, hundreds of parents protested that these courses would hurt their children’s transcripts. A good read to see what still needs to be done to improve public perceptions of CTE.

The New America Foundation’s director of education policy, Kevin Carey, pens a critique of No Child Left Behind in The New Republic. The article considers the legacy of the piece of legislation that shaped education in the United States for the past 11 years. Carey writes, “While the law marked a high water mark of federal control over K-12 education, it was still, relatively speaking, not far from the ocean floor.”

Finally today, Gannett Louisiana reports that a survey of Louisiana schools “shows most are lacking the technology and facilities needed to conduct online testing that’s to be part of a new Common Core Curriculum to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.” As Common Core implementation gets closer and closer, expect to see more states and districts finding ways to handle this critical change in education.

We’ll be back shortly with your weekly Stats That Stick!


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