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Morning Announcements April 13, 2012

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April 13, 2012 04:37 pm

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Happy Friday! Here are the latest educational headlines. Enjoy your weekend.

From the New York Times: When state investigators demanded last year to see personal tax returns filed by the founder and chief executive of a troubled network of charter high schools in Brooklyn, he did. The problem: those state tax returns were falsified and had never been filed according to the investigators. When investigators studied the books of one of the schools they found that Eddie Calderon-Melendez had used a school credit card to pay for parts of a European vacation, including accommodations at a Paris hotel and some expenses in England.

From Teacher Beat: Deadlocked negotiators have failed to reach an agreement on teacher prep rules. Following a three-hour telephone call with negotiators during which consensus seemed frustratingly out of reach on new teacher preparation accountability rules, the U.S. Education Department declined to extend the rulemaking process any further, meaning it will craft the rules on its own.

From the Huffington Post:  An Arizona bill that creates a high school course for public and charter school students that teaches the Bible and its role in Western culture is headed to the Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s desk for approval. Under the proposal, the state Board of Education must design a high school elective course titled “The Bible and its influence on Western Culture,” which would include lessons on the history, literature and influence of the Old and New testaments on laws, government and culture, among other aspects of society.

From the Huffington Post: In Minnesota, faced with budget woes, the Burnesville School district is considering giving its students every other Monday off, or starting their summer before Memorial Day in an aim to save $5 million next year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. If officials go through with the plan, students would still be in school for the same number of hours.

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