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Morning Announcements: February 10, 2012

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February 10, 2012 04:39 pm

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Enjoy your Friday Morning Announcements quickly before you head off to your Friday afternoon hiatus.

The New York Times (NYT) is providing all sorts of tidbits in the realm of education news today. The editorial staff wants you to know of a city board’s vote to close 18 poor-performing schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, despite a show of the strong voices of opposition from protestors including hundreds of teachers’ union members, parents and students.

The NYT also shines a light on the growing disparities between the rich, middle class, and poor and how economic hardships transfer into educational gaps in productivity. The achievement gap between affluent and low-income students is widening but is often over-looked when compared to the gap between white and black students. The racial achievement gap has actually narrowed.

Lastly the New York Times heads to Chicago, where suburbs are attracting an increasing number of Latino and other immigrant families. But schools there frequently fail to meet state rules to provide bilingual programs.

From Education Week, Congressman John Kline, a Republican from Minnesota, is seeking to eliminate the federal role in K-12 education entirely. The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee is set to introduce two separate bills that will almost entirely relinquish federal regulation of K-12 programs.

Hopefully your weekend won’t incorporate excessive calorie consumption and little exercise. Perhaps news from the Associated Press that First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity program, Let’s Move, turns two this week will get you in the spirit to be active. To mark the second anniversary of her campaign against childhood obesity, the First Lady busted out a few new moves with 14,000 school children. If that isn’t motivation to get moving, perhaps watching the First Lady complete 25 pushups will.

So put down the junk, and enjoy your weekend!

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