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Afternoon Announcements: September 6, 2012

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September 06, 2012 06:25 pm

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Hello and welcome to today’s afternoon announcements! There are plenty of announcements for everyone, so don’t crowd around, and no line cutting!

The first part of our announcements today focus on the Democratic National Convention, which is currently taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

First up, there are Education Week and The Huffington Post’s takes on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s speech. The articles note that Secretary Duncan avoided contentious issues like charter schools, teacher evaluation, school turnaround, and class sizes.

Michelle Rhee, former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, offers up an interview to Education Week from the DNC. The article notes, “During the time she was District of Columbia schools chancellor, Rhee publicly questioned whether then-presidential candidate Obama would pursue policies such as charter school expansion and performance-based teacher policies—and risk roiling teachers’ unions, a key party constituency.” But Rhee says in the article, “I can readily admit I was wrong…I was very skeptical, not because of Obama himself, but because of my party. … I thought, what’s going to happen with a Democratic administration? I was a little nervous, but I can tell you, he hasn’t disappointed.”

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Georgia and Microsoft are teaming up to become the sixth state to offer the Microsoft IT Academy, “online training program offers students and teachers training from basic use of Microsoft programs like Excel and PowerPoint to more complex tasks like programming.”

Finally, The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia has submitted its application to receive a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.

That’s it for today folks, thanks for reading, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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