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Morning Announcements: February 14, 2012

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February 14, 2013 04:18 pm

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Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have someone special in your life and you don’t subscribe to the cynical “I don’t do Valentine’s Day, it is such a corporate holiday,” and more importantly, neither does said someone special, then feel free to leave this blog post open in your browser while you scamper out for some last minute flowers, chocolates, life-sized stuffed animals, etc. Go ahead. We’ll be here, but if you botch Valentine’s Day, your special someone may not be.

The relationship advice portion of our Morning Announcements concluded, how about some, you know, announcements?

Good news out of Indiana this morning, where a vote in the House Education Committee sends a bill on to the other chambers that “explicitly allows the state to roll out second-grade Common Core standards next year as planned, following standards already in place for kindergarten and first grade.” The Indianapolis Star has the story, and some good analysis, about the tension between state Common Core advocates and opponents.

We move from Indiana to Texas where the Austin Statesman reports that the state Higher Education Commissioner has warned the public and policymakers that recently proposed legislation intended to create flexibility in high school course taking might instead make students less college and career ready. The state’s Senate Education Committee Chairman has introduced legislation that would reduce the number of required core courses from 16 to 12, including two fewer science courses and one year less of both math and social studies. Commissioner Raymund Paredes has pushed back on these changes, especially those related to science.

The Obama administration’s college scorecard was released yesterday, and as is to be expected, education organizations have opined about the new instrument. The New York Times finds that the consensus among those it spoke with is that the scorecard could be improved for various reasons including that “borrowing and default figures were misleading.”

Finally, those students who can’t wait until they get home from school to hop on the web now won’t have to, at least in one north-central Indiana school district. The Associated Press, via The New York Times reports that Kokomo-Center Schools has plans to outfit its entire bus fleet with WiFi access by the end of the next school year. The future has arrived!

Have a great rest of the day, and we will see you tomorrow for even more Announcements!

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