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Morning Announcements April 11, 2012

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April 11, 2012 04:36 pm

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Good Morning,

Enjoy a mid-day break with some stories in the education field. Enjoy.

The Washington Post highlights a new study on the state of pre-kindergarten programs in the United States. Early education is one of the few school reforms with extensive research showing its value in academic, social and other ways. But as the Post notes, not every state fund the program.

According to the Associated Press  two public school teachers and a school administrator who call themselves “The Three Amigos” are part winners of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot. The three are planning  for trips to Europe, new homes and their children’s college funds, Maryland Lottery officials said . However, the three amigos remain committed and dedicated to education and intend to return to their jobs.

The controversial death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer has sparked a lot of emotion nationwide and has opened up often-uncomfortable discussions on race, equality, and the justice system. But that debate may not be as open for teachers as it is for others. As NBC reports, a Michigan school teacher says she was fired for helping students organize a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin.

The Michigan teacher isn’t the only one being disciplined for free speech and personal lives. A Philadelphia teacher was suspended after posting that students acted like “rude, disengaged, lazy whiners.” And a Georgia teacher was forced to resign over a Facebook photo that showed her drinking alcohol. The Alliance for Excellent Education has previously posed questions on the rights teachers do or do not have to privacy through social media. Now National Public Radio asks the same as they pose the question of whether teachers should be disciplined for their personal lives. Several teachers have been disciplined, and even fired, for their online activities.

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