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Afternoon Announcements: October 20, 2011

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October 20, 2011 06:44 pm

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According to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia’s school closing plan probably won’t raise much revenue, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The New York Times reports that he Learning Network is celebrating National Day on Writing today by offering a host of ways for parents, teachers, and students to share their writing.

According to a recent report by the American Institutes for Research, students who drop out of community college before their second year have cost taxpayers nearly $1-billion annually, writes the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Education officials in Tennessee are taking flak from teachers and unions for rushing the implementation of a new teacher-evaluation system that will eventually undergird tenure decisions—a move, some worry, that could undermine redesigns of evaluation in other states, writes Education Week.

The Christian Science Monitor asks, “Can new No Child Left Behind law pass before 2012 elections?”

A post on Education Week’s “Politics K–12” blog reports that the Senate education committee rejected an effort today to change assessments and standards for students with disabilities, as it marked up a bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The committee also debated student achievement goals and turnaround options for schools that fall into the bottom 5 percent of student performance.

Time columnist Andrew Rotherham wants to talk honestly about bad teachers, saying “removing the lowest-performing educators would pay big dividends, but saying so invites charges of ‘teacher bashing.’”

Civil rights, state chiefs, and business groups oppose Harkin-Enzi bill, writes Education Week.

The Greenville News (SC) reports that one in five South Carolina students are not reading at grade level by the third grade, according to Palmetto Assessment of State Standards.

According to a piece on NPR, Tennessee teachers are finding it hard to make the grade.

The New York Times reports that five years ago, a physical education teacher at a school in Far Rockaway, Queens, went to the principal with a problem: not even the most athletic among his students, most of whom were poor and black or Latino, had enough endurance to run a mile.

On a similar note, the Boston Globe reports that Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is aiming to increase physical education to an hour every day for all of its public school students, an unusual move in a state that has been focused on using precious time during the school day to boost MCAS scores.

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