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Afternoon Announcements: September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011 06:11 pm

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Here are today’s announcements!

Detroit Public Schools expects to shed nearly 40 percent of its teachers in the next four years to help close a $327 million deficit, yet projects a loss of just 6,000 students under a state-approved fiscal blueprint, according to the Detroit News. The district would cut more than 1,500 teachers by fall 2015.

Education Week reports that a group of 20 states will lead the development of a new set of common standards in science, according to an announcement today from Achieve, a Washington-based nonprofit managing the effort. Participating states span the country, from California and Arizona to Michigan and Maryland. They will help craft what have been dubbed the Next Generation Science Standards based on a framework developed by a panel of the National Research Council earlier this summer.

According to US News & World Report, a large number of America’s highest-performing middle school students regress during high school, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an educational research firm.

The Chicago Tribune reports that — as the city’s schools prepare for longer school days starting Monday — teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities. Some questions include: Do they have enough security officers? Where will children spend recess? How will teacher planning time be allotted?

Education Week reports the United States still leads the world in having a college-educated workforce, but it is the only country among the world’s leading economies whose incoming workers are less educated than those retiring, according to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Florida Board of Education approved new rules Tuesday granting parents of students classified as English language learners the authority to opt out of services, a decision opponents said would put students at risk of being denied language instruction they are federally entitled to, according to the Associated Press. The board also adopted new standards for the state’s voluntary pre-kindergarten providers, which will require that 70 percent of students test as kindergarten ready on two exams.

The Star Advertiser reports that the Hawaii Board of Education has unanimously approved more rigorous diploma requirements starting with the Class of 2016, today’s eighth graders. Under the changes, every public high school student will have to pass geometry, biology and two other lab sciences. Students will continue to be required to complete at least four social studies credits.

The Charlotte Observer reported that after three grueling years, staff, students and supporters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools basked in national attention and community pride after claiming the nation’s top award for urban education Tuesday. The 2011 Broad Prize brings $550,000 in scholarships, bragging rights for the district’s 17,750 employees and a surge of educators and policymakers eager to see what CMS has done to help low-income and minority students succeed and graduate.

Missouri education officials revoked the accreditation of the Kansas City School District on Tuesday after it failed for several years to meet most of the state’s academic performance standards, an embarrassing blow to the beleaguered district that again is trying to find a superintendent, according to the Associated Press. The decision by the Missouri State Board of Education means the district has more than two years to improve and regain accreditation before it could face state takeover. The decision was approved without dissent and is effective Jan. 1.

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