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Afternoon Announcements: May 14, 2012

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May 14, 2012 06:39 pm

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Happy (sluggish) Monday. We know, it’s tough. But truck through it. Here are the top education news stories to hold you over. Developments in education are happening all across the country and the Alliance provides you with a short synopsis in different cities. Enjoy.

In Philadelphia, National Public Radio reports that the school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don’t trust the decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a façade to force charter schools and privatization on the district.

In Los Angeles, the  L.A. Times report that Locke Charter schools students were more likely to graduate and to have taken courses needed for a state college, according to a new study. However, overall achievement remains low.

Kindergartners in Georgia — many of whom don’t yet read — could soon play an important role in deciding which teachers get raises or get fired. According to the Washington Post, under a new pilot program, 5-year-olds will be guided through a survey that includes such statements as “My teacher knows a lot about what he or she teaches” and “My teacher gives me help when I need it.” As the youngsters circle a smiley face, a neutral face or a frowning face, they will be playing their part in new high-stakes teacher evaluations.

From the New York Times, more than 5,000 New York City teachers have been assigned to score the state math and reading exams. The work happens at several sites around the city during the school day, which means students are without their regular classroom teachers for several days at a time.

 

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