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Afternoon Announcements: September 5, 2012

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September 05, 2012 07:39 pm

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Wednesday winds its way to a close, take a moment and read these afternoon announcements, won’t you?

Education Week reports on the U.S. Department of Education’s preparations to oversee the No Child Left Behind waivers that they’ve issued to 34 states. The article quotes Cynthia G. Brown, vice president for education policy at the Center for American Progress as saying, “There are big management challenges to doing this right…If we’re going to learn the lessons of this new state flexibility, the federal government is going to have to monitor it carefully and do deep analysis. My concern, very frankly, is they don’t have enough resources devoted to it.”

The Baltimore Sun reports that “a dozen Maryland school districts have stated their intent to vie for up to $40 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, which has launched a new phase of its Race to the Top competition, started in 2010 to infuse $4 billion into radical educational reforms.” An interesting state-level analysis of the district RTtT process.

Finally, from The Associated Press via Education Week comes an article on “WINGS for Kids,” a program that started in Charleston, South Carolina and is expanding to Atlanta Georgia. The article notes, “organizers say it is the only program teaching emotional skills to children in an after-school setting. It has served 3,100 children from kindergarten through elementary school in the Charleston area with its two-and-a-half-hour daily program.”

That’s it for today, folks. Thanks for joining us!

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