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Afternoon Announcements: September 10, 2012

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September 10, 2012 09:06 pm

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Here at High School Soup we certainly hope the weather wherever you are is comparable to how it is here in Washington, D.C. The trees are starting to show signs of autumn, and the temperature is dropping, too. It’s quite refreshing and makes for a good day. Speaking of refreshing things that improve one’s day, here are your afternoon announcements!

Bad news from Chicago as the Chicago Teacher’s Union went on its first strike in 25 years this morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration and the CTU were unable to reach agreement on a new contract, and so 26,000 educators are now on strike. This has left the city scrambling to find alternative places for students to be during the day. The Huffington Post and The Washington Post have more.

Hawai’i said “aloha” to the No Child Left Behind waiver process last week. The Associated Press reports via Education Week that the Hawai’i Department of Education submitted its waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education last Thursday.

Delaware Online reports that Delaware’s Department of Education recently launched a program that will place students’ test scores, disciplinary records, and attendance history all in the same place. The tool is expected to give teachers a more complete sense of student progress.

From the file of “This Day in History,” The Huffington Post reminds us that twenty years ago the first public charter school, City Academy High School, opened in St. Paul, Minnesota. The article notes, “Now, more than two million — or 4.2 percent of — students in 41 states and D.C. attend a charter school, with some 610,000 more occupying spots on waiting lists.”

Finally, are you interested to know which topics speakers were hot and cold on at the recent presidential nominating conventions? If you answered, “Yes,” check out this interactive chart from Education Week.

Thanks for checking in with us! We’ll see you tomorrow!

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