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Morning Announcements April 4, 2012

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April 04, 2012 03:34 pm


Happy Wednesday. It’s the middle of the week and hopefully today is going smoothly for you. Just because, go out and treat yourself to something nice. You’ve earned it. Here is our special treat to you: your daily morning announcements. Enjoy!

Parents in Chicago are urging for a longer school day for their children, but just how long the school day should be is up for debate. The Chicago Tribune reports that those who are pushing for a 6 1/2 hour school day have met with Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard in recent days to explain their opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 7 1/2 hour-school day.

From TeacherBeat, the panelists charged with rewriting federal teacher-preparation rules faced a grueling day during a meeting in which major tension points emerged with little resolution, all of which served to call into question whether they will be able to reach consensus by Thursday. The panel is looking to reassess teach evaluations.

Some Head Start programs around the country are under scrutiny, and thus, in jeopardy. National Public Radio reports that the Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program. Programs the government has labeled “deficient” must now compete for funds to continue operating. But some argue that turning Head Start into a competitive grants program will not be easy.

According to the New York Times a group is looking to counter the influence of teacher’s unions. The organization, called StudentsFirstNY, is a statewide arm of a national advocacy organization founded in 2010 by Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C.


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