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Morning Announcements: April 3, 2012

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April 03, 2012 04:40 pm

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We hope you are enjoying your Tuesday. Take a moment to delve into the latest in education news with the following headlines.

According to the Associated Press despite research that supports the notion that arts programs help students perform better in school, the percentage of elementary schools with a visual arts class declined from 87 to 83 percent. In drama, the drop was larger: From 20 percent to 4 percent in the 2009-10 school year.

Americans are living longer, getting healthier according to a study that used government data to rank each American county by health indicators like obesity and premature death. However, as the New York Times reports, the study also found that education continues to create a disparity between in longevity and livelihood.

In New York City, the New York Times reports that the city’s Education Department has decided to give seven schools a reprieve from attempts to take then over and turn them around. The Education Department acknowledged that they were on the ascent and should be given more time to continue to improve.

Also from the New York Times, the city’s Department of Education officials have revoked a clause in contracts for testing companies that list 50 words and topics that they should avoid in creating new tests. The restrictions have been in place for years, but were widely ridiculed after the New York Post published a report about their existence.

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