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Afternoon Announcements: March 1, 2013

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March 01, 2013 09:11 pm


Happy Friday and happy March! Fun fact: somehow through the power of science there were actually 11 days crammed into this week, so if you think it felt longer than usual, you weren’t alone and you weren’t wrong!

These announcements are the only thing standing between you and your weekend, so let’s make them great.

First off, three more states have applied for waivers from the No Child Left Behind law. Texas, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, come on down and join 34 other states and DC who have already had waivers approved. This was the fourth, and as Education Week notes, potentially last call for NCLB waivers by the U.S. Department of Education.

That’s not all though on the waiver front. Nine, count them, nine districts in California (which has not applied for a statewide NCLB waiver) have applied for district-level waivers. Education Week has the report on these too.  The unified districts in question:  Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento City, Santa Ana, Sanger and Clovis.

Finally, The Salt Lake Tribune makes its second appearance in a row in our announcements. The Utah Senate’s Education Committee has approved a measure that would provide $275,000 to up to 10 schools to pilot “teaching year-round while mixing online learning with time in class.” Stan Rasmussen of the Sutherland Institute is quoted in the article as saying, “”SB79 taps into the power of digital learning, which if done right, can empower children to guide their educations.” We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.

Have a great weekend!


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