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Afternoon Announcements: Must Close the Opportunity Gap to Close the Achievement Gap

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April 26, 2013 05:15 pm

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Some state legislators in Texas are pushing a bill that would allow low-income students across the state access to free breakfast at public schools. Senate Bill 376 would require schools where 80 percent or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price meals to offer breakfast to their students at no cost. New York Times

In a new book, education scholars argue that closing the achievement gap depends on closing the opportunity gap first – ensuring that students have access to quality early childhood education, day care, good teachers, and rich curricula. Politics K-12

11-year-old Sylvia Todd is a science star in the making. She hosts her own YouTube show, “Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show,” and attends speaking engagements and visits maker fairs. She won a silver medal at an international robotics competition and participated in Monday’s White House Science Fair. New York Times

The Minnesota Senate approved  an education funding bill that calls for all-day kindergarten and switches to a new testing system focused on college and career goals. Opponents say getting rid of graduation test requirements will lessen the importance of a high school diploma. Star Tribune

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