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Afternoon Announcements: September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012 07:23 pm

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Arrrrr you ready for today’s clips? Enjoy them and International Talk like a Pirate Day! (Why are we all at work? It’s basically a holiday!)

After seven days of striking, the Chicago Teachers Union accepted an agreement last night that put students back in school today. The New York Times notes that the deal isn’t everything educators wanted, but they see it as a step forward. What the lasting impact of this historic strike will be remains to be seen.

The Washington Post reports that in an attempt to make all students proficient in math and reading, the District (along with many states) is setting lower standards for black, Hispanic and poor children in an effort meet its goals over the next five years. Critics argue that it’s a form of prejudice, while proponents see it as a way to advance achievement for minority and economically disadvantaged students.

“Officials say the new targets account for differences in current performance and demand the fastest progress from students who are furthest behind. The goals vary across much of the country by race, family income and disability, and in Washington, they also vary by school.”

In an opinion piece entitled, “Young, gifted and neglected,” featured in the New York Times today, author Chester E. Finn, Jr. argues that America’s talented and gifted students are being ignored. He uses President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney as two examples of students who excelled to their potential, in part because they were given the educational opportunities to do so. He advocates for more specialized programs for the nation’s brightest kids, saying, “we’ve failed to raise the ceiling for those already well above the floor.”

See you at the same place and (about) the same time tomorrow for Afternoon Announcements!

(PS – Why did the pirate go to the Apple Store? To buy an iPatch!)

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