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Morning Announcements: February 16, 2012

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February 16, 2012 04:07 pm

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Thursday can be frustrating. It’s so close to the weekend that it tempts you to waste time contemplating about fun activities. But then Thursday reminds you that it’s not the weekend when all the work from Monday through Wednesday that you procrastinated in doing piles up on your desk. Clear some space and get caught up on the latest in education news.

States around the country are backing away from previous laws and initiatives that ranked each public school by a grading system and New Mexico is following suit. As the Associated Press reports, New Mexico is becoming the latest state to free itself from an unpopular federal system of rating public schools.

According to Education Week, states that are looking to become exempt from provisions within the No Child Left Behind Act now have a third deadline to submit waiver applications. Additionally, states that need more time to develop their proposal for a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act can now request a one-year freeze in their annual achievement targets to keep the list of schools not making adequate yearly progress from growing.

Perhaps the American educational system is not lagging as far behind as once previously thought, at least, not according to experts who released a new analysis of international data. As USA Today reports, the study suggests that using rankings to sort global educational winners from losers is often misguided.

New York City has distributed $5.7 million in performance bonuses to principals and assistant principals this year. The New York Times reports that based on rankings of their students’ test scores and graduation rates, principals at 17 schools that ranked in the top one percent received the maximum bonus of $25,000. Wow!

Here is an interesting report from CNN about the subtle consequences of childhood obesity and its prevalence in American schools. Obese children are outgrowing school furniture commonly designed for the frame of a small child. The economic impact can be damaging as taxpayer dollars go toward the purchase of school equipment that can accommodate students of near full adult size.

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