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Morning Announcements: February 24, 2012

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February 24, 2012 03:44 pm

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Happy Friday! We bring you the Morning Announcements even earlier so that you can get caught up on all the latest education news before the afternoon lag sets in and you mysteriously disappear from the office. Enjoy!

Education Week is reporting that the U.S. Department of Education has begun switching its focus to the most important part of the No Child Left Behind waiver process: holding states accountable for the promises they’ve made. With 11 states now granted an exemption from some parts of the No Child Left Behind Act and another round of states preparing their waiver applications, the Education Department now stands ready to monitor subgroups.

PBS is highlighting the increase in popularity for online public schools. Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing some 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press buttons to raise their hands and message their teachers. However, many questions still remain about the quality of K12 education provided online and PBS analyzes the issue in one of the states most popular for online learning: Pennsylvania.

CNN offers a unique take on the decline of Black male teachers in the classroom. According to the Department of Education, less than two percent of America’s teachers are Black men. In the video story, CNN producers talk with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, educational scholars, and current teachers to tackle why Black male teachers are becoming extinct.

Despite opposition and protests from those in the education field, the New York Times is reporting that the graded ratings of nearly 18,000 teachers will be made available to the public today. The ratings are based on how much progress their students have made on standardized tests.

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