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Afternoon Announcements: June 29, 2012

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June 29, 2012 06:40 pm


Go ahead and give yourself a high five. You made it to Friday. The weekend is ahead of you, and if you’re in the DC area, that means sitting in front of a fan and trying desperately to find relief from this heat wave. Actually, looking at the weather map, there’s a lot of places across the country at the moment where you could be reading this in front of a fan. In any event, we have a bunch of pieces of news for you today to close your week out properly.

Five more states are free from key requirements of the No Child Left Act today because the Department of Education has granted waivers to Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia. This brings the count of states that have been granted waivers up to 24. The Associated Press via Education Week has more on the implications of this story.

The Education Trust’s newest report says that culture and policy changes need to be made in education in order to better serve high-poverty and low-performing public schools. The report, “Building and Sustaining Talent: Creating Conditions in High-Poverty Schools That Support Effective Teaching and Learning” lists a number of recommendations, including going beyond just focusing on teacher evaluations for school improvement. The Huffington Post has more.

New York City is joining with other school districts to force publishers to provide textbooks that meet the Common Core standards. The New York Times reports that a recent panel comprised of superintendents from New York City, Chicago, Newark, and Washington, D.C. “simply put…said they would reject any textbooks or other instructional materials that aren’t aligned with the Common Core’s more demanding math and literacy standards, which have been embraced by 45 states and the District of Columbia and will lead to new standardized tests by the 2014-15 school year.”

Yesterday’s big news nationwide was that the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court. The Huffington Post has a story on how the decision could improve student performance. The article notes, “For decades, scholars have shouted that changing classroom learning and teacher training are useless if students are hungry, sick — or not in class. Many teachers cheered the health-care ruling Thursday, saying it may have as much or more of an impact on education than other policies like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.”

Finally today is another story from The Associated Press on a proposal in Illinois to propose a “’menu” of ways to cut costs and promote efficiency in Illinois Schools. The plan “aims to let schools decide on consolidating, sharing services with other districts or taking other steps to improve achievement.”

That’s it for today from the announcements! Have a great weekend!


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