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Afternoon Announcements: September 17, 2012

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September 17, 2012 07:23 pm


8.2 percent.

Get used to hearing that number! It’s the percentage by which nearly every program in the US Department of Education will be cut if sequestration, or across-the-board cuts, is implemented in the beginning of 2013.

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released their report on the impacts of sequestration, should Congress not agree on a budget plan by the end of this year. To give you some context as to what the numbers mean in action, let’s look at the programs expected to take the biggest hits: equity programs for the economically disadvantaged and special education. The former would be cut by a whopping $1.3 billion and the latter by just over $1 billion.

Looking on the brighter side of today’s #ednews, the Huffington Post brings us a helpful, detailed infographic on the dramatic rise of charter school enrollment over the last decade. 

The Chicago teachers strike marches into week two. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to end the strike with a court injunction failed, as a Cook County Circuit Court judge said he would not hold a hearing on it today. A hearing could be expected on Wednesday, if the strike continues until then. Read more updates from the Chicago Tribune .

In the blogosphere, 2010 national teacher of the year, Sarah Brown Wessling, defends the Common Core standards. She gives an overview of the challenges educators face with them and warns against misinterpretation. See what else she has to say at The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post education blog.

What do classrooms look like in Brazil? What about Yemen? The Guardian gives us a visual of schools around the world in their slideshow, “Quiet at the back.”

Thanks for tuning in to today’s education news roundup. Leave us a comment on these topics or anything education-related!


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