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Morning Announcements: April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011 03:41 pm

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A bill in Texas would amend the state education code to bar the state board of education or local district boards from adopting the common core state standards, Education Week reports.

The Gates Foundation announced today that it will be investing $20 million in game-based learning and other tools to help the new national education standards into the classroom, according to the Associated Press.

The AP also reports that the Georgia Department of Education is offering free tutoring to high school juniors who don’t pass the math portion of the state’s graduation test this year.

Rounding the corner on the design of new teacher-evaluation plans, states and districts are beginning to wrestle with the significant technical and logistical hurdles for transforming their blueprints into reality, Education Week reports.

The New York Times reports on Jeb Bush’s education efforts, writing, “With the dust settling on legislative sessions around the country, 2011 is shaping up as one of the most consequential years in memory for changes in the way schools are run. The new policies have many champions, but a little-known common denominator behind sweeping measures in nearly a dozen states is Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who has re-emerged as an adviser to governors and lawmakers, mostly Republicans, who are interested in imitating what he calls “the Florida formula” for education.”

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