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Afternoon Announcements: November 10, 2011

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November 10, 2011 07:50 pm

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The U.S. Department of Education is making headlines today.

In a recent Huffington Post op-ed, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan comments on a new teacher pay study, saying it asks the wrong questions, ignores facts, insults teachers, and demeans the profession.

Education Week reports that in the second round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition, the U.S. Department of Education has identified 23 finalists.

In a republican debate on CNBC last night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that when he gets into office, he would get rid of three federal agencies, though he could only name two: “Commerce, Education, and the—what’s the third one there?” and then Perry trailed off—this according to Education Week and the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports that an ongoing audit of West Virginia’s public school system recommends the state make a 180-day instructional calendar mandatory.

Colorado officials are taking final action on a teacher rating system that could make it easier to fire teachers who don’t meet testing standards, according to the Associated Press.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore County elementary schools at 100 percent capacity.

A group of three Minnesota math teachers got together over the summer to write their own textbooks, writes the Huffington Post.

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