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Afternoon Announcements: July 3, 2012

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July 03, 2012 08:04 pm

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Happy 3rd of July! We know, we know, it’s baffling that there’s a midweek holiday. Just go with the flow, it’ll be okay. Enjoy your day of grilling and fireworks tomorrow while you celebrate Independence Day! Before you head out the door, here are some afternoon announcements for you! We’ll be back with Stats That Stick and more announcements on Thursday.

Education Week notes that the public largely unaware of the Common Core State Standards. Although new polling data shows that nine in ten teachers are aware of the Common Core and are largely supportive of it, 60 percent of the public notes that they have seen “nothing at all” in any medium about the new standards in the past six month. This is troubling given that the Common Core State Standards will affect so many teachers, students, and schools across the country when they’re implemented.

How early is too early to find out what profession might be right for you? According to The Associated Press via The Huffington Post,  ACT is developing a digital tool to “test academic and behavioral skills…starting in kindergarten.” The exam will follow students’ career interests, academic performance, and progress toward goals from kindergarten through high school.

Stateline reports that “most for-profit colleges in California will no longer be able to accept state scholarships as a result of changes in the budget signed last week by Governor Jerry Brown.” The move was made as a way to close the state’s budget gap of almost $16 billion.

Finally, in case you’re looking for some fun facts to talk about at a cookout or want to educate the students in your life about something new, check out this article about the science of fireworks from the International Business Times. It’s a fascinating read about a 4th of July mainstay.

That’s it from us for today, have a fun and safe 4th of July!

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