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Afternoon Announcements: July 31, 2012

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July 31, 2012 08:43 pm

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******SPOILER ALERT******

 Today is the last day of July.

Bet you thought we were going to give you some information about Michael Phelps’s race or the women’s gymnastics performance. We wouldn’t do that to you. What we would (and will) do, however, is give you some afternoon announcements!

The New Teacher Project has released a report titled, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools.” According to The Washington Post, the reportt “looked at four urban districts with 90,000 teachers. The researchers discovered that only 47 percent of high-performing teachers said they were praised by their bosses for their good work. Only 26 percent were encouraged to take leadership roles. And just 37 percent were urged to stay when contemplating other assignments.” These numbers are especially concerning considering the high rates of teacher turnover in America.

The New York Times reports on the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, a public middle/high school in the South Bronx with nearly 600 students. Those students who took the AP Calculus examine this year performed quite well. Out of 16 students (of 80 seniors) who took the challenging exam, 12 received a 3 or higher, enough to earn college credit. The secret to the success? Real world problem solving and letting students work together to find solutions.

Education Week reports that 242 communities applied for $60 million in available Promise Neighborhood Grants. The grants “help communities pair education with other services, including pre-kindergarten, health, and arts education.” Up to 21 grants of various aims and sizes are expected to be made.

Getting paid for summer school? The Washington Examiner says that this practice is going on in the nation’s capital this summer. “The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned. The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the “Summer Bridge” program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.” What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments!

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