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Morning Announcements: February 17, 2012

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February 17, 2012 03:51 pm

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! We get a double dose of goodness this weekend with an extra day to kick back and relax. Well, actually, you get a triple dose of goodness because we’re also bringing you the latest in education news. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the clips!

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing ahead with a plan to update the federal No Child Left Behind education law according to the Associated Press. This plan would incorporate shifting more control to states and school districts in determining whether children are learning.  As Education Week reports, the focus of education reform for the GOP is deciphering what is the right role for the federal government to play in helping to improve K-12 education?

According to the New York Times, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that his administration will continue to advocate for the closing of 33 struggling schools. The original reason behind the push for closings was that the city’s teachers union would not agree to a new teacher evaluation system required under those schools’ improvement plans. Now, even though both sides have reached an agreement, Mayor Bloomberg plans to resume closing efforts.

Also from the New York Times, districts across Texas are selling advertisements on buses, athletic stadiums and other pieces of school property to help make up for some of the money lost through state budget cuts. This has been a topic of debate for school districts across the country as parents question what brands would be appropriate for have unlimited advertising access to their children.

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