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Morning Announcements: February 22, 2012

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February 22, 2012 04:46 pm

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Enjoy the middle of the week fatigue, but before exhaustion sets in, take in the latest headlines in education!

Education Week brings you a new report by the New Teacher Center. The report scrutinizes states’ teacher-induction policies and finds as there are more and more novice teachers in the ranks of the profession, states’ teacher induction policies are generally disorganized.

Teachers continue to be the focus of educational reform. According to the Associated Press, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is pushing for tightening teacher tenure rules, contending that the state has some teachers who “don’t belong” in the classroom. Tough words for tough reform.

The Chicago Tribune reports that showdown on school closures in the city has begun and hundreds of community activists, parents, students and union leaders are expected to protest today at Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters. The groups are looking to pressure the school board into rejecting a reform package that would close or overhaul 17 struggling schools.

And in New York City, Gotham Schools is reporting that city officials have backtracked on a plan to petition New York State Education Commissioner John King to restore federal funding for 33 struggling schools. These are also schools New York City Mayor Bloomberg has sought to close.

From the mountains of Denver, schools in the city are sharing $5 billion in federal tax dollars in a massive, three-year rescue effort. But as the Denver Post reports, no one nationally is tracking how the money is spent and no one can say whether the influx of cash will end up helping kids.

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