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Afternoon Announcements: October 2, 2012

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October 02, 2012 08:27 pm

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Here in D.C., it’s wet, rainy and gray. I love days like these. (I bet you didn’t expect that, huh?) I find I do my best thinking when the skies aren’t so bright and the sunshine isn’t quite so inviting. And today’s #ednews gave me a lot about which to think. I hope you enjoy today’s roundup as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Staying with D.C., the Washington Post reports that the city hasn’t received a single application for its new fast-track approval process for charter schools. The new program would allow “school leaders with a record of success in other cities to open doors here a full year ahead of the regular time table.” The deadline passed yesterday, on Oct. 1, but D.C. Public Charter School Board spokeswoman Audrey Williams said there will be another opportunity. The city expects to receive applications then.

Chicago teachers are expected to vote sometime today on a new contract that will bring resolution to the labor battle that led to a seven-day strike last month. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago Teachers Union officials expect a majority of the 29,000 members to approve the three-year contract.

An opinion piece on the Huffington Post today delves into how closing the achievement gap could and should be a signature platform for the Obama administration. Harold A. McDougall, law professor at Howard University, writes about the varying types of education gaps there are – from an academic gap, to a gap in civic and community engagement. He ties his theories back to the civil rights movement and wonders what could happen if Obama made it his mission to close the gaps.

Today’s news was short and sweet, but stay tuned for our weekly Stats that Stick post tomorrow.

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