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Afternoon Announcements: May 22, 2012

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May 22, 2012 05:22 pm

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Happy Tuesday! Did you know that on this day in 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0? This was the first version of Windows that included Solitaire. Just a little trivia for you to think about as you navigate the work day!

Yesterday’s big news was the Department of Education’s announcement of a school district-level Race to the Top contest. This round of RTTT will focus on individualized instruction as well as on evaluating district superintendents and school board members. Two takes on this development, first from Education Week and then the New York Times.

Bad news for school budgets in the Golden State. As the Sacramento Bee reports, California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said yesterday that school districts covering 2.6 million of the state’s 6 million K-12 students are in “financial jeopardy.”

The Associated Press (via Education Week) reports on Minnesota’s alternative to No Child Left Behind. Minnesota is one of 11 states to have received a waiver from NCLB’s requirements. “Minnesota’s new Multiple Measurement Ratings approach looks at four categories: academic proficiency, student growth, progress in closing achievement gaps, and graduation rates.”

Meanwhile, on the issue of teachers and leaders, Iowa and Hawaii are working toward new ways to recruit leaders and enhance leadership. First, in Hawaii, the Associated Press via Education Week and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser report on a plan to bring those with management skills from other professions into roles as principals. In Iowa, Governor Terry Brandstad has announced that teacher leadership will be a major part of his education reform package next year, according to the Sioux City Journal.

One last note for your Tuesday announcements focuses on different generations coming together for a positive purpose. Education Week reports on teens who are helping their elders learn to navigate the Internet. That’s not what we normally think of when we hear “digital learning,” but we’ll take it anyway!

Have a great rest of the afternoon; thanks for reading!

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