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Afternoon Announcements: March 27, 2012

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March 27, 2012 06:07 pm


Good Afternoon.

Hopefully a Monday diet left you with a healthy appetite for education news. Bon appetite!

A few weeks ago the Alliance informed you of a pink slime that many beef products contain, especially in neighborhood schools. As the New York Times reports, parents around the country are pressing their school districts to stop serving the pink slime-infused products available in many school lunch rooms. Some schools are now responding to those parents’ calls.

The New York Times also reports that the number of elementary school students in classes of 30 or more has tripled in the last three years as a result of teacher attrition and budget cuts to public schools. The article is based on a report released by a city councilman.

In California, school officials are now being encouraged to consider non-seniority-based teacher layoffs, according to the Los Angeles Times. But State legislative analyst’s report also says school districts issue more pink slips than needed because of deadline issues and recommends changing the layoff notice deadline.

New information from USA Today shows that the number of adult Americans who have earned college degrees has been increasing, but not fast enough to keep up with workforce demands. At the current rate, employers in 2025 will need about 23 million more degree-holders than the nation’s colleges and universities will have produced.




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