Afternoon Announcements: March 1, 2012
March 01, 2012 05:47 pm
Good Afternoon, we hope you are enjoying the first day of March. Take in some of the latest in education news to kick off the month right.
Further analyzing the benefits of technologically integrated classrooms, Gotham Schools introduces you to Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School where 23 students are copying tables and number trees representing a mathematical problem-solving technique used in graphic design computer software.
According to NPR, Los Angeles is easing its stance on truancy. After strong protests from the community including parents and students, a tough city ordinance that imposed large fines on students for even one instance of skipping school or being late has ended. The Los Angeles City Council is now changing the law and instead focusing on helping students get to class because, as they point out, those harsh fines backfired.
More Black and Latinos are being admitted to elite high schools in New York City. According to the New York Times, the 14 percent increase for the two groups reverses a years-long decline in admissions to the city’s specialized schools, where admittance is based on a single test.
The Associated Press is reporting that Rhode Island’s Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education will consider a proposal for a “recovery” high school for students who have completed substance abuse treatment. This initiative is looking to address dropout and graduation rates in the state.
In bizarre news of the day, the Associated Press also reports that a north Georgia high school went on lockdown thanks to an auto correct error in a text message that was sent by a student at Lanier Technical College to a wrong number. The text message meant to say “Gunna be at West Hall this afternoon” but auto correct changed the first word to “Gunman.” Oops!