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Morning Announcements: February 21, 2012

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February 21, 2012 03:58 pm

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Good Morning! Fortunately we were able to skip the sluggish Monday had head right into Tuesday. The countdown through a short week begins! Here are your latest education headlines.

As a part of the Obama administration’s efforts to address the alarming rate of childhood obesity, a new will be announced that highlights guidelines for vending machines in schools, according to the New York Times. The goal is to set nationwide standards that promote healthy choices for nourishment of growing children.

In Chicago, the public schools system’s new administration has added a new assessment test for elementary school students. As the Chicago Tribune reports, the new measures come after years of complaints from teachers and administrators that the previous assessment tests for the state’s Illinois Standard Achievement Test set the bar too low when preparing kids for college.

Although the New York Times showcases how the Atlantic Public School system is bouncing back less than a year after a state report found that 178 principals and teachers had cheated on test scores. The Huffington Post reports that Atlanta Public Schools may be forced to renew the contracts of 90 tenured teachers implicated in what turned out to be one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals. The contract extension would be because of job protection rights.

According to the Associated Press, more schools across the country are now providing students with 3 meals a day as opposed to just the traditional school lunch. However, it is usually after teachers discover that due to the lagging economy, their students are worrying less about math and reading and more about where their next meal comes from.

As the Boston Globe reports, President Obama’s call for all states to raise their dropout age to 18 is drawing a cautious response from Boston-area school leaders, who warn that forcing students to stay in school longer will not by itself solve the state’s dropout issues.

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