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Morning Announcements: February 23, 2012

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February 23, 2012 04:48 pm

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Good Morning! Before you head to lunch, catch up on the latest in education news with the following headlines.

Anti-bullying initiatives made be having an impact in the classroom and schools across the county. According to the Associated Press, violent crime in U.S. schools is declining, and students and schools are reporting less bullying and gang activity. This is welcome news for anti-bullying advocates.

After protests from unions, community activists and parents, Chicago’s public school board voted to shake up the teaching staffs at 17 low-performing public schools. As the Wall Street Journal reports, this is a minor victory for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his battle with the teachers union over his aggressive stance on education overhauls. The debate over school closure continues.

In an opinion piece, tech guru Bill Gates tells readers of the New York Times that making teachers’ individual performance assessments would be a big mistake in terms of education policy. Gates argues that shame will not be the solution to motivating teachers. Gates offers his thoughts after the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that performance assessments of teachers could be made public.

The Huffington Post reports on a new brief that asserts Charter schools fail to deliver on their promise to bring greater equity to education. The report provides recommendations to fix the alleged separate-but-equal injustice that often takes place within the Charter schools system.

In Maryland, Baltimore County has proposed a new student discipline code to tacking the alarming number of suspensions given through the school year to young children. According to the Baltimore Sun, for minor offenses, principals will now have to try interventions before suspensions.

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