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Afternoon Announcements: November 16, 2011

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November 16, 2011 06:39 pm

Politico writes that eleven states have submitted waiver requests to get out from under provisions of No Child Left Behind, less than two months after the President Obama announced he would excuse states from some requirements of the Bush-era education reform law.
An increase in Hispanic students across the nation is forcing schools to deal with a serious shortage of teachers who share their cultural heritage, reports the Washington Post, citing that more than 21 percent of schoolchildren are Hispanic, compared with 7 percent of teachers.
The Huffington Post reports that, “given sophisticated new digital tools, increased investment in app development, and the near-ubiquity of mobile devices, educational software developers are creating more engaging and empowering content today than ever before.”
From the offices of the U.S. Department of Education come appeals for union-district collaboration and from local school districts come examples of labor and management working through divisive issues, in areas such as performance pay and teacher evaluation, writes Education Week.
WJTV (Jackson, MS) reports that the Mississippi Public Broadcasting hosted a summit today for dozens of metro area students to stress the importance of staying in school, citing Alliance statistics: “37-percent of high school students in our state dropped out last year. Almost 16-thousand students did not graduate from high school in 2010.”
Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Open Education Solutions, writes an op-ed in the Huffington Post today about two new Fordham reports that are creating sound policy for digital learning. He says the first, Teachers in the Age of Digital Instruction, “is the best current description of the implications of digital learning on learning professionals. Vander Ark says the second report, School Finance in the Digital Era, “has recommendations well aligned with those of Digital Learning Now, a set of state policy recommendations from an advocacy initiative chaired by two former governors, Jeb Bush and Bob Wise.”
In Kentucky, data is driving college preparation, reports Education Week.
The Republic reports that some senior Wyoming lawmakers say they are concerned that high turnover at the state education department could derail its ability to track critical data about student and teacher performance.
According to the Connecticut Mirror, teachers say they should write their own professional standards.

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