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Afternoon Announcements: October 1, 2012

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October 01, 2012 08:22 pm

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Happy Monday and October! Here’s your #ednews roundup.

In Texas, parent’s are taking control and making donations to public schools to keep them afloat and stocked full of quality teachers. Private funds have financed smaller classes, better facilities and extracurricular activities that may have been cut in the $5 billion plus of cuts to state financing, the New York Times reports.

The seven days that Chicago public school students spent out of classrooms weren’t freebies; the students will make those days up at the end of the year. The Chicago Tribune reports that the students’ school year will stretch into June.

All Fairfax, Virginia schools received full accreditation this year, meaning that a majority of its students showed proficiency in the Standards of Learning Tests. “Accreditation is given to schools based on the student body achievement in math, English, history and science,” the Washington Post describes.

The US Department of Education announced nearly $4 million in grants to fund charter school development – including the planning, program design and implementation, according to a Department of Education press release. “Today’s grants will serve 18 new, or recently opened charter schools over the next three years. These grants will also provide two high-quality charter schools the ability to partner with other charter and non-charter public schools to improve academic performance and share effective practices.”

That’s all for today. See you tomorrow!

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