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Afternoon Announcements: September 27, 2012

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September 27, 2012 06:08 pm

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Are you sitting down? There’s a story in today’s #ednews roundup that may shock you. And like every reality TV program, I’ll make you wait until after the commercials (fold, in this instance!) to see it!

In more pedestrian news, there’s that thing happening in November. I keep forgetting, remind me? Oh, right, the election! The Minnesota Post gives a nice comparison of Obama and Romney’s education platforms. That it to say, they summarize a lot of the same rhetoric coming from both sides. It seems Obama has adopted most of the traditionally Republican ideas on education, and not surprisingly, Romney agrees with a lot of it. Who ever thought we’d see the day where those two guys agreed on anything?

Staying political, NPR’s State Impact looks at how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is dividing republicans on education. Earlier this week, I shared a little bit of Romney’s statements at the Education Nation Summit with you, including a quote about common core. It’s an area where he does differ with Obama; Romney doesn’t support CCSS. What’s really interesting, though, is that a majority of GOP governors do support Common Core. Is Romney breaking out or just out of line with his party?

And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for… the potentially shocking story.

Did you know that school corporal punishment is a state issue and not outlawed in the US? I got a refresher course on the legality of it this morning as I read about a Texas district’s new policy that allows educators of either gender to spank students. Proponents of corporal punishment argue students are disciplined immediately and are back in class learning, versus suspension, which keeps them out of school. This Texas story has made national news because parents complained – not that students were being paddled but that bruises were left and the administrator was opposite sex than the children. Read the Washington Post’s full coverage.

Does corporal punishment have a place in schools? What do you think of this story?

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