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Morning Announcements: February 15, 2012

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February 15, 2012 04:15 pm

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Happy Wednesday! Hopefully you were able to get in a morning workout to balance the abundance of chocolates and sweets consumed for Valentine’s Day. Or you’ve distracted yourself with an abundance of work to strategically forget yesterday even existed. There, now your diet is intact. Here are the last stories from the world of education.

President Obama, for his 2013 fiscal budget, has announced a proposed program would seek to bring together officials, union leaders and educators to address issues such as tenure and salaries. According to the New York Times, the $5 billion grant aims to overhaul teaching.

Startling news last week regarding the achievement gap between rich and low income students highlighted the large disparity in opportunities for educational advancement. But as the New York Times notes, many affluent foreign-born parents in New York City are sending their children to public schools in much greater proportion than native-born parents with the same incomes.

Despite the lack of Valentine’s Day love shown by the House of Delegates in Virginia toward tenured teachers, the Washington Post reports that the state’s Senate narrowly rejected the bill. The legislation sought to end tenure-related job protections for public school teachers. The ruling is a significant setback to Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell’s education agenda.

The Atlantic analyzes the potential psychological impact when a child repeats a grade. Although it may reflect positively on the district where the student resides, for the individual, it can be an irreversible step backward. As local and state educational districts propose reading requirements for students in order to pass the third grade, the potential psychological component to a child who stays behind is important to note.

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