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Morning Announcement: April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011 03:42 pm

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The New York Times reports on New York City schools that are experimenting with implementing the common standards in the classroom. The article provides several examples of what teachers are doing differently writing, “A math teacher, José Rios, used to take a day or two on probabilities, drawing bell-shaped curves on the blackboard to illustrate the pattern known as normal distribution. This year, he stretched the lesson by a day and had students work in groups to try to draw the same type of graphic using the heights of the 15 boys in the class.”

Duncan Issues Far More NCLB Waivers Than Predecessors, Education Week reports.

The Charleston Gazette writes about high school dropout prevention legislation that was passed last year in West Virginia. The GED’s Options Pathway offers students an alternative to regular school . They take technical classes such as welding or train to become an Emergency Medical Technician and spend half the day in the classroom.

In the Wall Street Journal, President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten writes, “You don’t have to look beyond our borders to find schools in which teaching and learning are producing impressive results. School districts like New Haven, Conn., Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Hillsborough County, Fla., and ABC Unified in Los Angeles County are all focused on high-quality teaching, improving student learning and registering solid gains. Like the leading nations, these districts have built a culture of collaboration and teamwork, including systems of teacher evaluation that focus on teacher quality and continuous improvement. They believe that equity in education is essential and that all children, regardless of economic circumstances, should receive an excellent education. And they share a strong belief that students succeed when everyone—teachers, parents, administrators and elected officials—takes responsibility for their education and well-being.”

Colorado lawmakers are expected to consider joining other states in dropping statewide testing requirements beyond those required by the federal government, according to the Daily Camera.

Dozens of Baltimore City parents have received a sentence this year after failing to send their children to school 103 of 130 days, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the number of homeless students have tripled in one North Carolina coastal county.

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