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Afternoon announcements: Tony Bennett moves to Florida

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December 13, 2012 04:14 pm

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Tony Bennet has been selected as Florida’s new state education commissioner. Bennett lost his seat as the Indiana superintendent of public instruction in the November election. Huffington Post

Some states are deciding that the art of cursive writing is one that should be prserved. THe Kansas State Board of Education believes cursive belongs in schools and adopted a policy statement this week encouraging educators to continue teaching it. Lawrence World-Journal

The D.C. teacher of the year has been named. Julia King is a 7th-grade teacher at D.C. Prep Public Charter School. Mayor Vincent Gray surprised her in her classroom last week with the announcement. Washington Post

It’s well known that standardized tests quantify what students know in core subject areas, but what about health and sex ed? D.C. released standardized test scores from 5th and 8th-graders in health and sexual education for the efirst time this week. The students performed well on the health section but lacked knowledge on human anatomy. Washington Post

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